The capacity of some Pólya string models Conference Paper uri icon


  • We study random string-duplication systems, called Pólya string models, motivated by certain random mutation processes in the genome of living organisms. Unlike previous works that study the combinatorial capacity of string-duplication systems, or peripheral properties such as symbol frequency, this work provides exact capacity or bounds on it, for several probabilistic models. In particular, we give the exact capacity of the random tandem- duplication system, and the end-duplication system, and bound the capacity of the complement tandem-duplication system. Interesting connections are drawn between the former and the beta distribution common to population genetics, as well as between the latter system and signatures of random permutations.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016