By Alfred J. Lotka
In the 50 years that experience handed on account that Alfred Latka's demise in 1949 his place because the father of mathematical demography has been safe. along with his first demographic papers in 1907 and 1911 (the latter co authored with F. R. Sharpe) he laid the rules for good inhabitants thought, and over the subsequent a long time either mostly accomplished it and located handy mathematical approximations that gave it sensible applica tions. on the grounds that his time, the sector has moved in numerous instructions he didn't foresee, yet mostly it truly is nonetheless his. regardless of Latka's stature, notwithstanding, the reader nonetheless must hunt in the course of the previous journals to find his important works. As but no exten sive collections of his papers are in print, and for his half he by no means as sembled his contributions right into a unmarried quantity in English. He did so in French, within the half Theorie Analytique des institutions Biologiques (1934, 1939). Drawing on his components of actual Biology (1925) and such a lot of his mathematical papers, Latka provided French readers insights into his organic proposal and a concise and mathematically available precis of what he known as contemporary contributions in demographic analy sis. we'd be actual in additionally calling it Latka's contributions in demographic analysis.
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CHAPTER 3 The model with which we are occupied is capable of illustrating still other principles which are important for our study. In a certain sense the operation of random drawings is irreversible. It would be vain to continue to make drafts in the fashion indicated, in hopes of one day seeing all of the black balls again reassemble in urn A, where they were found after the hundredth draft. Not that this event is impossible, but it is of such a high improbability that it would be senseless to expect to see it realized in a practicable length of time.
According to certain more or less familiar mechanical and physiological processes. Nowadays grass never transforms itself into mammoths, although at a certain period in the history of our world this transformation, or some other very analogous one, had not only been a possible event, but a daily occurrence. In the organic world, a source of linkages which limit the possible transformations thus resides in a characteristic property of living matter: the formation of a new quantity of matter of a given species can only be effectuated in the presence of a pre-formed quantity of the same species.
For it is evident that a species is not entirely homogeneous, but consists, on the contrary, of an aggregation of types that range in a more or less continuous manner between the extreme limits of that species. In fact, a complete description of a species would require an indication of the law of distribution (the frequency) of its various characteristics. , and similarly for all the other characteristics of the species. The changes in the second category will thus translate as alterations in the parameters that characterize the distribution functions f We will call these intra-species alterations, and their totality will be the intra-species evolution of the system.
Analytical Theory of Biological Populations by Alfred J. Lotka