A Fresh Approach to a Special Type of the Luria-Delbruck Distribution Academic Article uri icon


  • The mutant distribution that accommodates both fitness and plating efficiency is an important class of the LuriaDelbrck distribution. Practical algorithms for computing this distribution do not coincide with the theoretically most elegant ones, as existing generic methods often either produce unreliable results or freeze the computational process altogether when employed to solve real-world research problems. Exploiting properties of the hypergeometric function, this paper offers an algorithm that considerably expands the scope of application of this important class of the LuriaDelbrck distribution. An integration method is also devised to complement the novel algorithm. Asymptotic properties of the mutant probability are derived to help gauge the new algorithm. An illustrative example and simulation results provide further guidelines on the use of the new algorithm.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Zheng, Q. i.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • December 2022