Optimization and growth in first-passage resetting

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Output type: Journal article

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Author list: De Bruyne, B.; Randon-Furling, J.; Redner, S.

Publisher: IOP Publishing: arXiv

Publication year: 2021

Journal: Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment (1742-5468)

Volume number: 2021

Issue number: 1

Number of pages: 33

ISSN: 1742-5468

eISSN: 1742-5468

Languages: English (EN-GB)

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We combine the processes of resetting and first passage, resulting in first-passage resetting, where the resetting of a random walk to a fixed position is triggered by the first-passage event of the walk itself. In an infinite domain, first-passage resetting of isotropic diffusion is non-stationary, and the number of resetting events grows with time according to root t. We analytically calculate the resulting spatial probability distribution of the particle, and also obtain the distribution by geometric-path decomposition. In a finite interval, we define an optimization problem that is controlled by first-passage resetting; this scenario is motivated by reliability theory. The goal is to operate a system close to its maximum capacity without experiencing too many breakdowns. However, when a breakdown occurs the system is reset to its minimal operating point. We define and optimize an objective function that maximizes reward for being close to the maximum level of operation and imposes a penalty for each breakdown. We also investigate extensions of this basic model, firstly to include a delay after each reset, and also to two dimensions. Finally, we study the growth dynamics of a domain in which the domain boundary recedes by a specified amount whenever the diffusing particle reaches the boundary, after which a resetting event occurs. We determine the growth rate of the domain for a semi-infinite line and a finite interval and find a wide range of behaviors that depend on how much recession occurs when the particle hits the boundary.


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