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A solution to the distribution problems arising in the studies of a two-sex population process

  • Biology
  • Chemistry


Given a population of two sexes, the birth rate of one sex of which depends upon the population size of the other, it is very difficult to find an explicit expression for the probability distribution of the former. In this paper we have explicitly found the probability generating function of the joint distribution from which individual probability distributions and, in particular, moments of all orders in each case can be obtained in principle. As an example, using this probability generating function we have worked out explicitly the first and second order moments of the male and female populations and the explicit expression for the distribution of the male population in a particular case. This method can be successfully applied for the same purpose in the studies of chemical and biological processes where the synthesis or production of one species depends upon the concentration of another species.

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