Convergence of metric twolevel measure spaces
Abstract
In this article we extend the notion of metric measure spaces to socalled metric twolevel measure spaces (m2m spaces): An m2m space $(X, r, \nu)$ is a Polish metric space $(X, r)$ equipped with a twolevel measure $\nu \in \mathcal{M}_f(\mathcal{M}_f(X))$, i.e. a finite measure on the set of finite measures on $X$. We introduce a topology on the set of (equivalence classes of) m2m spaces induced by certain test functions (i.e. the initial topology with respect to these test functions) and show that this topology is Polish by providing a complete metric. The framework introduced in this article is motivated by possible applications in biology. It is well suited for modeling the random evolution of the genealogy of a population in a hierarchical system with two levels, for example, hostparasite systems or populations which are divided into colonies. As an example we apply our theory to construct a random m2m space modeling a twolevel coalescent and its genealogy.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 May 2018
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1805.00853
 Bibcode:
 2018arXiv180500853M
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Probability;
 60B10 (Primary) 60B05;
 92D10 (Secondary)
 EPrint:
 Stochastic Process. Appl. 130 (2020), no. 6, 34993539