infinite population


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infinite population

[′in·fi·nit ‚päp·yə′lā·shən]
(statistics)
A universe which contains an infinite number of elements; it can be continuous or discrete.
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In an infinite population, namely in the limit N [right arrow] [infinity], becomes:
(1995), Social Choice with Infinite Populations. Dissertation 101.
This version of the mutation accumulation hypothesis is widely known as "Muller's ratchet." More recent studies have extended Muller's basic idea to include cases in which mutation accumulation is decoupled from stochastic processes, such that an advantage to sex can accrue even in infinite populations. This extension represents the deterministic model of mutation accumulation put forward by Kondrashov (1982, 1988).
Most discussion of this topic errs in the application of models assuming infinite population size to small finite populations in which rare alleles or allele combinations may not even exist.