Correlation and variability in birth processes
Donnelly P., Kurtz T., Marjoram P.
<jats:p>Faddy (1990) has conjectured that the variability of a pure birth process is increased, relative to the linear case, if the birth rates are convex and decreased if they are concave. We prove the conjecture by relating variability to the correlation structure of certain more informative versions of the process. A correlation inequality due to Harris (1977) is used to derive the necessary positive and negative correlation results.</jats:p>