Size and shape of tracked Brownian bridges

Abdulrahman Ali Alsolami, James Burridge*, Michal Gnacik

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We investigate the typical sizes and shapes of sets of points obtained by irregularly tracking two-dimensional Brownian bridges. The tracking process consists of observing the path location at the arrival times of a non-homogeneous Poisson process on a finite time interval. The time varying intensity of this observation process is the tracking strategy. By analysing the gyration tensor of tracked points we prove two theorems which relate the tracking strategy to the average gyration radius, and to the asphericity -- a measure of how non-spherical the point set is. The act of tracking may be interpreted either as a process of observation, or as process of depositing time decaying "evidence" such as scent, environmental disturbance, or disease particles. We present examples of different strategies, and explore by simulation the effects of varying the total number of tracking points.
Original languageEnglish
Article number265001
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2020


  • Brownian bridge
  • asphericity
  • Tracking
  • random walk
  • radius of gyration


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