We study the limiting behaviour of stochastic models of populations of interacting agents, as the number of agents goes to infinity. Classical mean-field results have established that this limiting behaviour is described by an ordinary differential equation (ODE) under two conditions: (1) that the dynamics is smooth; and (2) that the population is composed of a finite number of homogeneous sub-populations, each containing a large number of agents. This paper reviews recent work showing what happens if these conditions do not hold. In these cases, it is still possible to exhibit a limiting regime at the price of replacing the ODE by a more complex dynamical system. In the case of non-smooth or uncertain dynamics, the limiting regime is given by a differential inclusion. In the case of multiple population scales, the ODE is replaced by a stochastic hybrid automaton.

Mean-field limits beyond ordinary differential equations

BORTOLUSSI, LUCA;
2016

Abstract

We study the limiting behaviour of stochastic models of populations of interacting agents, as the number of agents goes to infinity. Classical mean-field results have established that this limiting behaviour is described by an ordinary differential equation (ODE) under two conditions: (1) that the dynamics is smooth; and (2) that the population is composed of a finite number of homogeneous sub-populations, each containing a large number of agents. This paper reviews recent work showing what happens if these conditions do not hold. In these cases, it is still possible to exhibit a limiting regime at the price of replacing the ODE by a more complex dynamical system. In the case of non-smooth or uncertain dynamics, the limiting regime is given by a differential inclusion. In the case of multiple population scales, the ODE is replaced by a stochastic hybrid automaton.
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