EXACT SHAPES OF RANDOM-WALKS IN 2 DIMENSIONS

Authors
Citation
Gy. Wei, EXACT SHAPES OF RANDOM-WALKS IN 2 DIMENSIONS, Physica. A, 222(1-4), 1995, pp. 152-154
Citations number
23
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Physics
Journal title
ISSN journal
0378-4371
Volume
222
Issue
1-4
Year of publication
1995
Pages
152 - 154
Database
ISI
SICI code
0378-4371(1995)222:1-4<152:ESORI2>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
Since the random walk problem was first presented by Pearson in 1905, the shape of a walk which is either completely random or self-avoiding has attracted the attention of generations of researchers working in such diverse fields as chemistry, physics, biology and statistics. Amo ng many advances in the field made in the past decade is the formulati on of the three-dimensional shape distribution function of a random wa lk as a triple Fourier integral plus its numerical evaluation and grap hical illustration. However, exact calculations of the averaged indivi dual principal components of the shape tensor for a walk of a certain architectural type including an open walk have remained a challenge. H ere we provide an exact analytical approach to the shapes of arbitrary random walks in two dimensions. Especially, we find that an end-loope d random walk surprisingly has an even larger shape asymmetry than an open walk.