Stochastic processes (with either discrete or continuous time dependence) on a discrete (finite or countably infinite) state space in which the distribution of the next state depends only on the current state. For Markov processes on continuous state spaces please use (markov-process) instead.

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Potential theory: discrete-time Markov processes

Recently I've found lecture notes on "Analysis on Graphs" where the potential theory methods were used to study discrete-time, time-reversible Markov chains (i.e. the state space is countable). ...
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Generating a stochastic matrix with a given second dominant eigenvalue

I need a procedure (iterative or otherwise) that, given a positive integer $N$ and a (possibly complex) number $\lambda$ such that $0 < \vert \lambda \vert < 1$, will be able to generate an $N ...
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Confusion in the proof of properties for $\psi$-irreducibility

Let $P$ be a stochastic kernel on a measurable space $(\mathsf X,\mathfrak B(\mathsf X))$. The kernel $P$ is called $\varphi$-irreducible if for a positive measure $\varphi$ and for all measurable ...
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Harmonic functions and null recurrence

Let $(X_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be a irreducible Markov chain defined on a countable state space $S$. It is known some ways to figure out if this chain is recurrent or not looking for superharmonic functions ...
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6-digit password - a special decoding method

Consider the situation of decoding a 6-digit password that consists of the symbols A to Z and 0 to 9, where all possible combinations are tried randomly and uniformly. Consider the ...
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Markov chains and natural filtration

I have the following problem Consider a homogeneous Markov chain $(X_n)$ with countable state set $E$. Suppose that $A$ is a proper subset of $E$ and consider the stopping times $\tau^0=0 $ and ...
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Standard deviation of a quantum walk?

The standard deviation of a classical random walk with $n$ steps is $\sqrt n$ - Standard deviation of a random walk. I have read in many places that the standard deviation of a quantum walk $n$ with a ...
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A Continuous-Time Markov Process Taking All Possible Values

Let $\mathbb{N}$ be the set of positive integers. For each $n \in \mathbb{N}$, let $X^{(n)}=\{ X^{(n)}(t): t \geq 0 \}$ be a Markov chain with state-space the two point set $\{0,1\}$ and $Q$-matrix ...
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Conditional probability and integrating out part of a random walk

Suppose that I have a random walk process defined by $\alpha_{t+1}$ ~ N$(\alpha_t, \omega^2)$. Given $\alpha_t$ and $\alpha_{t+2}$, I understand why the conditional formula for ...
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estimation of transition probabilities from aggregate data

Please, O mathematicians, help me understand the approach to the problem of estimating transition probabilities given only aggregate data in Kalbfleisch & Lawless' 1984 paper "Least-Squares ...
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Prove or disprove: If $h$ is harmonic on $E$, then $h$ is constant on each $C_i$

For a general finite Markov chain $(X_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}_0}$ with state space $E$ and transition matrix $P=(p_{x,y})_{x,y\in E}$, not necessarily irreducible, we define the linear space of ...
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Why a positive recurrent Markov chain implies positive limiting probability?

Let $X=\{X_0,X_1,\ldots\}$ be an irreducible, positive recurrent, and aperiodic Markov chain with the state space $S=\{0,1,2,\ldots\}$ then how do we show that the probability $$ ...
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A basic doubt on Markov chain/ergodicity

Consider a finite state (no. of state $N$) Markov chain $\{X_n\}$ (all the random variables are bounded) such that there is a state $i*$ such that $$ \sum_{i=1}^{N}p_{ii*}^{(n)} > 0$$ for all ...
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Invariant measure of Euler-Maruyama Discretisation of an Ito diffusion

Let $(X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ be a diffusion process with dynamics governed by the stochastic differential equation \begin{equation} dX_t = b(X_t)dt + \sigma(X_t)dW_t, ~~ X_0 = x_0, \end{equation} where ...
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Markov Chain Alternate Expectation

Consider a Markov chain defined by transition matrix $P$ such that for each transition from state $i\rightarrow j$ the probability is $p_{ij}$. Now say there is an associated value for each transition ...
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SLLN of Markov chains .

Let $X_1$, $X_2$,... be a finite state, irreducible and aperiodic Markov chain with initial state $X_0=i$. It is known that \begin{equation} \mathrm{P}\Big\{\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} ...
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Prove the 2 definitions of the periodicity of Markov Chain are equivalent.

In many textbooks, there are basically 2 ways of defining the periodicity of Markov Chain. One is by partitioning the graph in to subgraph such that transition in one group of state leads to the other ...
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Monotonic convergence of powers of a stochastic matrix

Let $P$ be a stochastic matrix (nonnegative and each row summing to 1). Assuming that $P^n$ converges to $\textbf{1}\pi$ as $n \rightarrow \infty$, where $\pi$ is a row vector (stationary distribution ...
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maximum renewal rate of a Markov chain

Consider a Markov chain $(X_t)$ on a state-space with a countably generated $\sigma$-algebra and assume this Markov chain allows for small sets of order one. This means there exist sets $\mathfrak{S}$ ...
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Generalization of Dobrushin's Ergodic Decomposition for continuous Markov Chains

Let $T$ be the shift transformation. Let $P$ be invariant for $T$ and also define a discrete state space Markov Chain. Let $C_{1},\ldots,C_{n}$ be the connected components of the Markov Chain. It ...
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Name for maximum transition probability

Let $p(x,y)$ denote the transition probability of a markov chain. Similarly, let $p^n(x,y)$ be the n-step transition probability. My question is, is there a formal name for $S(x,y):=\sup_n p^n(x,y)$. ...
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When is this reversible diffusion on the integer lattice non-exploding?

Let $U\in C^{\infty}(\mathbb R^n;\mathbb R)$ and consider a continuos time Markov chain on the scaled integer lattice $\delta\mathbb Z^n$ with jump rates given by $r_{\delta}(x,y) := \begin{cases} ...
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Probability question about change in vending machines; maybe markov chain?

Suppose there are vending machine that sells its goods for $3$. It's known that a third of the buyers use three coins of $1$, a third of the buyers use $2$ and $1$, and the last third use $5$. The ...
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Induced Markov chain - verify Markov property and another property

First, here is how we defined induced Markov chains: Suppose that $(X,E,P)$ is an irreducible Markov chain, where $X=(X_i)_{i\in\mathbb{N}_0}$, $E$ is the state space and $P=(p_{i,j})_{i,j\in E}$ is ...
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Invariant Probability of Discrete Time MC from Continuous Time Markov Chain

Given rates α of an irreducible continuous-time MC on finite state space and told that π is the invariant probability measure of this chain, we define a discrete time MC as having transition ...
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How to prove a matrix norm inequality?

$P$ is a stochastic matrix i.e. square, non-negative, rows sum to one. Let $\Phi$ be a real matrix of size $n \times k$ with independent columns and $k < n$. Let $\Xi$ be the diagonal matrix with a ...
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Monte Carlo Markov Chain Simulation Issues

The Markov Chain is uniformly distributed across all $50$x$50$ matrices of entries $0$ and $$1 with no neighboring $1's$. I am supposed to run a MC simulation to check the probability that the ...
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The independence of random variables

Here is my question: Consider a homogeneous ergodic Markov chain on a finite state space $X=\{1,\ldots,r\} $. Define the random variables $\tau_n \,,n\ge1$ as the consecutive times when the Markov ...
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Proving that an inductively defined function is a Markov chain

Let $X_0$ be a random variable with values in a countable set $I$. Let $Y_1,Y_2,\ldots$ be a sequence of independent random variables, uniformly distributed on $[0,1]$. Suppose we are given a function ...
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Geometric ergodicity and mixing - stationary case

I have this theorem: The Markov Chain {$X_n$} is stationary and geometrically ergodic if and only if {$X_n$} is stationary and absolutely regular with $\beta_n=O(\gamma^n)$ for some $\gamma\in ...
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Powers of (large) lower triangular matrix

Consider the following "game" of chance. Each time the player pushes a button he is awarded a random (finite, integer, non-negative) number of points. The probability of receiving any particular score ...
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Markov Chain with Normal Transition Matrix

Consider a (sub)-stochastic matrix $P$, and the associated Markov chain $X$ with \begin{align*} \mathbf P [X_n =y | X_0 = x] = P_{xy}^n. \end{align*} Suppose we have the condition $P^T P = P P^T$, ...
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$\psi$-irreducibility of m-skeletons.

In Proposition 5.4.5 of Meyn and Tweedie's Markov Chains and Stochastic Stability, it is said that if a chain $\Phi$ is $\psi$-irreducible and aperiodic, then every $m$-skeleton of it is also ...
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markov spectral radius independent of states?

Let $\Pi$ be a stochastic matrix of an irreducible markov chain. We define the spectral radius of $\Pi$ as: $\rho(\Pi) := \limsup_{n \to \infty} \left( \pi^{(n)}_{(a,b)} \right)^{\frac{1}{n}}$ Why ...
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simple proof of the $L^2$ weak law for discrete-time ergodic Markov processes

Let $\{X_t\}_{t\in\mathbb{Z}}$ be a stationary and ergodic stochastic process with finite second moment. Von Neuman's ergodic theorem implies that the time average $(1/N)\sum_{j=0}^{N-1} X_j$ ...
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Intuition behind criterion for an irreducible Markov chain to be transient

I have been looking over my notes for Markov chains, and I have come across the following: Theorem: An irreducible Markov chain is transient iff for some state $i$ there exists a nonzero vector $y$ ...
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Random walk, Cat and mouse

Here is the problem. In graph G, on different vertices there is cat and mouse. Cat and mouse do independent random walk, but time is synchronous, in one unit of time both cat and mouse do one step. ...
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Markov chain from Poisson

Let $K_t$ be a Poisson process with rate $1$ and $X_n=K_n-n$ $, \ \ \ n\in \mathbb{N}$ am asked to determine whether it is null or positive recurrent, we already know it is recurrent. I ...
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Boundedness of expected reward Markov chain (may be related to discret $M/M/\infty$ queue)

[EDIT]: I read a bit on $M/M/\infty$ queue and it may not be the right comparison and my notation may be confusing (I'm in discrete time and $\lambda,\mu$ look likes rates when they are probability). ...
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Ruin time with a maximum purse size

Imagine I have a gambler's ruin scenario where I start with $m$ dollars and I cannot have more than $N$ dollars. For each of however many rounds, I flip a coin, and with probability $p$ I win a ...
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Broken disk head

Broken disk head: We would like to read 1 byte = sequence of 8 bits from a disk, starting from bit 0. Our disk head reads 1 bit at a time. Disk head can only move forward, but after reaching bit 7 ...
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Is the following interpretation for the stationary distribution of a Markov process correct?

Imagine I have some Markov process with stationary distribution $\pi$ and a mixing time of $\tau$ after which $|Prob[x=s_i] - \pi(s_i)| \leq \epsilon$. Can I assume the following: A state $(x=s_i)$ ...
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Problem with the uniform transience

Let $X$ be a Borel space and let us consider a Markov Chain $(\Phi_n)_{n\geq 0}$ on this space given by the stochastic kernel $$ P(x,\mathrm dy) = p(x,y)\mu(\mathrm dy) $$ where the density $p$ is ...
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In finite-state Markov chain state $i$ is transient

Can you help me please with proof of this question: Prove, that in finite-state Markov chain state $i$ is transient if and only if is exist state $k$ such that $i\rightarrow k$ but k $\nrightarrow ...
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Computing the stationary distribution of a markov chain

I have a markov chain with transition matrix below, $$\begin{bmatrix} 1-q & q & & & \\ 1-q & 0 & q & & \\ & 1-q & ...
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Ergodicity and mixing

From MathOverflow, R W said: Unfortunately, the way the term "ergodic" is used in the theory of (finite) Markov chains is completely misleading from the point of view of general ergodic ...
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Classifying a Stochastic Process as transient, null-recurrent or positive-recurrent

For a discrete time Markov chain with state-space the non-negative integers, for $j>0$, $$ p_{j,k} = \begin{cases} p/j & \text{for } k = j+1 \\ 1 - 1/j & \text{for }k=j \\ (1-p)/j & ...
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Estimating the discrete laplacian to prove recurrence of simple random walk for d=2

Given a function $f : \mathbb Z\times \mathbb Z \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ we define the discrete laplacian of $f$, $\triangle_df$, by the following rule $\triangle_df(x,y)= \dfrac{f(x + 1, y)+f(x, y + ...
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Robustness of Markov Chains

A Markov Chain on a measurable space $X$ is uniquely determined by a stochastic kernel $P$ on $X$. Let $\mathsf P_x$ denote the probability on paths generated by $P$ and the initial condition $x\in ...
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Compute transition probability in n step in infinte markov chain

I want to calculate the probability of transition in n step from state 0 to state 0 ($p_{00}^{(n)}$) in below Markov-Chain : if self loop in state 0 doesn't exist, probability computed with Catalan ...