A note on pair-formation functions

S. F.Hsu Schmitz, C. Castillo-Chavez

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In this paper, we take a closer look at two harmonic mean functions and two minimum functions (moving dominance function and group-specific minimum function), in two-sex multigroup populations. Comparisons between these functions are focused on proportionate mixing. We show that under some special conditions, the two harmonic mean functions are identical; and under the mixing framework of Castillo-Chavez and Busenberg, the two minimum functions are also identical (for both proportionate and nonproportionate mixing). Simulations of a simple demographic model with the four functions are also performed to confirm the above mentioned identity and to illustrate the behavior of these functions. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Harmonic mean
  • Marriage function
  • Minimum function
  • Pair formation
  • Two-sex population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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