Hello,

This is similar to a Galton-Watson process (if it is assumed that the production of offsprings are independent).

And assuming that the "parents" die once they give their offspring, we have , where is an iid sequence with mean and variance

And you're looking for and (where - or ? - is 1)

It's easy to compute (using basic properties of conditional expectations), and it gives the result you got by taking the expectation again.

And for the variance, I suggest you use the law of total variance : Law of total variance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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