    2015, 2015(special): 132-141. doi: 10.3934/proc.2015.0132

## Analysis of the archetypal functional equation in the non-critical case

 1 Department of Statistics, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, United Kingdom 2 Department of Mathematics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva 84105, Israel 3 Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, United States

Received  September 2014 Revised  December 2014 Published  November 2015

We study the archetypal functional equation of the form $y(x)=\iint_{\mathbb{R}^2} y(a(x-b))\,\mu(da,db)$ ($x\in\mathbb{R}$), where $\mu$ is a probability measure on $\mathbb{R}^2$; equivalently, $y(x)=\mathbb{E}\{y(\alpha(x-\beta))\}$, where $\mathbb{E}$ is expectation with respect to the distribution $\mu$ of random coefficients $(\alpha,\beta)$. Existence of non-trivial (i.e. non-constant) bounded continuous solutions is governed by the value $K:=\iint_{\mathbb{R}^2}\ln|a|\,\mu(da,db) =\mathbb{E}\{\ln|\alpha|\}$; namely, under mild technical conditions no such solutions exist whenever $K<0$, whereas if $K>0$ (and $\alpha>0$) then there is a non-trivial solution constructed as the distribution function of a certain random series representing a self-similar measure associated with $(\alpha,\beta)$. Further results are obtained in the supercritical case $K>0$, including existence, uniqueness and a maximum principle. The case with $\mathbb{P}(\alpha<0)>0$ is drastically different from that with $\alpha>0$; in particular, we prove that a bounded solution $y(\cdot)$ possessing limits at $\pm\infty$ must be constant. The proofs employ martingale techniques applied to the martingale $y(X_n)$, where $(X_n)$ is an associated Markov chain with jumps of the form $x ⇝ \alpha(x-\beta)$.
Citation: Leonid V. Bogachev, Gregory Derfel, Stanislav A. Molchanov. Analysis of the archetypal functional equation in the non-critical case. Conference Publications, 2015, 2015 (special) : 132-141. doi: 10.3934/proc.2015.0132
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