Duality and fixation in \(\Xi\)-Wright-Fisher processes with frequency-dependent selection. (English) Zbl 1391.92037

Summary: A two-types, discrete-time population model with finite, constant size is constructed, allowing for a general form of frequency-dependent selection and skewed offspring distribution. Selection is defined based on the idea that individuals first choose a (random) number of potential parents from the previous generation and then, from the selected pool, they inherit the type of the fittest parent. The probability distribution function of the number of potential parents per individual thus parametrises entirely the selection mechanism. Using sampling- and moment-duality, weak convergence is then proved both for the allele frequency process of the selectively weak type and for the population’s ancestral process. The scaling limits are, respectively, a two-types \(\Xi\)-Fleming-Viot jump-diffusion process with frequency-dependent selection, and a branching-coalescing process with general branching and simultaneous multiple collisions. Duality also leads to a characterisation of the probability of extinction of the selectively weak allele, in terms of the ancestral process’ ergodic properties.


92D25 Population dynamics (general)
92D15 Problems related to evolution
60J85 Applications of branching processes
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