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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A.s. finite hitting time with an infinite mean

Let $X$ be a discrete-time Markov process on some measurable space $(\mathscr X,\mathscr B)$. Let $B\in\mathscr B$ and $$ \tau_B:=\inf\{n\geq 0:X_n\in B\} $$ is the first hitting time of $B$. ...
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Find the Stationary Distribution of an infinite state Markov chain

A Markov Chain on states 0,1,..... has transition probabilities $P_{ij}=1/(i+2)$ for j=0,1,....,i,i+1. I'm supposed to find the stationary distribution. So do I take the limit as n goes to ...
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Expected value of money left from a coin flipping game

Say we were to play a game. We started off with \$100 and kept flipping a fair coin. If it turned out heads, we won \$1, else our money got inverted. For example, if on the first flip we got heads, ...
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A die whose score cannot be as before (Markov chains)

A die is "fixed" so that each time it is rolled the score cannot be the same as the preceding score, all other scores having probability $1/5$. Given that the first score is 6, what is the probability ...
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random walk in a certain environment

Consider the following random walk in one dimension, starting from $r(0)=0$. $$ r(i+1) = r(i) + \xi, $$ where $\xi(i, r(i))$ is an increment with distribution $P(\xi=1) = \frac{c^{r(i)}}{i-r(i)+1}$ ...
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Random walk on lollipop graph

Hi i am trying to prove expected Hitting time on the Lollipop graph. It is a graph on $n$ vertices with clique on $n/2$ vertices and path joined to this. Let vertex $i$ be a vertex on the clique, ...
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Chance of being able to quit while ahead in a betting game (Markov chain with gambler's ruin)

Suppose a player starts with $N$ chips, and is playing a game with odds $O$, betting 1 chip in each iteration. When the player reaches 0 chips the betting must end. What is the probability that at ...
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Combinatory + Coding Theory

I am reading about an algorithm for finding minimum-weight words in large linear codes. Let $c$ be the codeword of weight $w$ to recover (with size $n$ and in $GF(2)$). Let $N = \left\{1, 2, \ldots, ...
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Strong Markov property - Durrett

I recently had great success with my first question here so I will boldly go on to a second. Here goes: I'm studying Markov Chains in Rick Durrett - Probability: Theory and example and I'm stuck with ...
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First time passage decomposition for continuous time Markov chain

For discrete time finite Markov chain, the first passage time $T_j$ to visit state $j$, is determined from the recurrence equation: $$ p^{(n)}_{ij} = \sum_{k=0}^n f_{ij}^{(k)} p^{(n-k)}_{jj} = ...
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Stopping rules for Markov Chains

The following is a quote from Lifting Markov Chains to Speed up Mixing, by Chen, Lovasz, and Pak: ...Thus we have described a (randomized) stopping rule that, for any starting node, stops in an ...
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$P^n$ transition matrix of a Markov chain

The setup: We have an unlimited supply of balls and $k$ boxes. In every step, we randomly (all of them have the same probability) choose a box and put a ball in it. Let $X_n$ be the number of ...
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Conditional return time of simple random walk

Consider a simple symmetric random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$, $(S_t)_{t \geq 0}$. Call $\tau_k = \min\{t \in \mathbb{N}\, : \, \, S_t =k \}$, the hitting time of $k \in \mathbb{N}$. Call $\tau^* = \min\{t ...
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Prove that a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}_+\cup \{0\}$ is transient

Prove that a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}_+ \cup \{0\}$ is transient with $p_{i,i+1}=\frac{i^2+2i+1}{2i^2+2i+1}$ and $p_{i,i-1}=\frac{i^2}{2i^2+2i+1}$. So since this Markov chain has only a single ...
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Given that $(X_n)_{n\geq 0}$ is a Markov Chain, prove that $(X_{kn})_{n\geq 0}$ is a Markov Chain

Given that $(X_n)_{n\geq 0}$ is a Markov Chain, prove that $(X_{kn})_{n\geq 0}$ is a Markov Chain. I don't know what this exercise has been so difficult for me, I've been playing around with the ...
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Return time of a markov chain

I'm having trouble deriving the return time for a Markov chain. The graph has $n$ vertices and is connected by $n - 1$ edges. So we can draw this as a horizontal line of nodes with node $1$ all the ...
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coin flips and markov chain

Consider the case of an infinite (or finite $n$) string of coin tosses, and let $q$ and $1-q$ be the probabilities that the coin comes up tails and heads, respectively. (For simplicity, we can take ...
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From a deterministic discrete process to a Markov chain: conditions?

When will a probabilistic process obtained by an "abstraction" from a deterministic discrete process satisfy the Markov property? Example #1) Suppose we have some recurrence, e.g., $a_t=a^2_{t-1}$, ...
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Expected number of turns for SPROUT

As a mathematical father (and with apparently plenty of time on my hands) I long ago computed the expected number of turns for a number of children's games that are effectively Markov maps. (Chutes ...
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How do stochastic matrices really converge?

We are given the matrix $A=\begin{bmatrix}0.9&0.5\\0.1&0.5\end{bmatrix}$ and any initial vector $X^{(0)}=\begin{bmatrix}a\\b\end{bmatrix}$. The matrix $A$ has the following eigensystem: ...
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Finding Hitting probability from Markov Chain

I have a Markov chain with states {1,2,3,4,5} which has the following transition matrix: $$P= \begin{bmatrix} 0.3 & 0 & 0.7 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0.5 & 0 ...
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Joint Probability from Marginal Probabilities

$X, Y_1, Y_2$ are random variables with (possibly) different finite alphabets. For given conditional probability mass functions $\mathbb{P}(Y_1|X)$ and $\mathbb{P}(Y_2|X)$, is it always possible to ...
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The problem of the drunkard in a valley.

We consider a Markov chain on a subset of positive integers $S =$ {$0, 1, 2, 3, .......N$}, with transition probabilities defined as follows: The chain jumps only one unit to the left or right. ...
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question involving Markov chain

Let $S_{2m}$ be the group of all permutations $\pi$ of $\{1, 2, \ldots, 2m\}$. The following transition kernel $S$ generates the random transposition walk $$ Ch(\pi, \pi')= \begin{cases} \frac{1}{2m} ...
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random walk along edges of tetrahedron — which face gets hit last?

Suppose we have a tetrahedron $abcd$, and start at edge $ab$. Now walk to any "adjacent" edge (i.e. in this case any edge other than $cd$), each with equal probability $1/4$. This gives a stationary ...
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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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Lower bound for multivariate recurrence

I have a recurrence that looks like $$p(i,j,k) = \frac{j}{n}p(i-1,j-1,k-1) + \frac{i-j}{n}p(i-1,j,k-1)$$ $$p(i,0,k) = 1$$ $$p(i,j,0) = 0$$ $$p(0,j,k) = 0$$ The base cases are to be considered in ...
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Intuition on Harris recurrence

I am trying to get some intuition on Harris recurrence in Markov chains. Define state space $\mathcal S$ comprising a single communication class, $f_{ii}^{(n)}=P(X_n=i, X_{n-1}\ne i,\ldots X_1\ne ...
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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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Behavior of explosive random process

Inspired somewhat by this problem, I've been investigating the behavior under iteration of the following discrete random process: Given $n\in\mathbb{N}$, choose an integer from $\{0,1,\ldots,n\}$ ...
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Characterize stochastic matrices such that max singular value is less or equal one.

By a stochastic matrix, I mean any non-negative square real matrix with rows summing to one. It is well-known that singular values of stochastic matrices can be more than one. Is there a ...
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Probability of absorption in a discrete Markov chain

Let $\{X_{n}\}$ be a Markov Chain on the state space $S=\{1,...,100\}$ with $X_{0}=30$, and transition probabilities given by $p_{1,1}=p_{100,100}=1$, $p_{99,100}=p_{99,98}=1/2$ and for $2\leq ...
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Irreducible and aperiodic Markov chain : $P^t(x,y)>0$

Consider a Markov chain $X$ with transition probability $P$ and finite state space $\Omega$. Which of the following statement is true? If $X$ is irreducible then $\exists t>0 \ni P^t(x,y)>0, ...
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Expected number of runs

Let $S[16]$ be a binary array i.e, elements of $S$ are 0/1 with elements $S[i]$ are taken uniformly and independently form $\{0,1\}$. Let $k$ be a random element taken uniformly from $\{0,1\}$. I have ...
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Markov Chains and Linear Transformations

I just have a quick question about Markov Chain and linear algebra. Background. Let $\{M_n: n= 0, 1, 2, \dots \}$ be a Markov Chain. We can represent the transition probabilities $_{n}Q^{(i,j)}$ in a ...
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Null-recurrence of a random walk

In a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$ starting at $0$, with probability 1/3 we go +2, with probability 2/3 we go -1. Please prove that all states in this Markov Chain are null-recurrent. Thoughts: it is ...
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Calculating stationary distribution of markov chain

I am asked to compute the stationary distribution of the markov chain with state space $E=\{0\dots,n\}$ and transition matrix below: \begin{bmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ \frac{1}{n} ...
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Kendall notation's “General distribution”, what does that mean?

The first and second parameters for the Kendall's notation may have a G value, which stands for General distribution, see here. But what does that mean? What is a ...
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Simple proof that stationary birth-death chains are reversible

A Markov chain with state space $\mathbb{Z}$ is a birth-death chain if the transition probabilities satisfy $p(x,y) = 0$ for $|x-y| > 1$. That is, the only possible transitions are to move one ...
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Random walk on a tree

Consider a Cayley tree with coordination number 3 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethe_lattice). Consider two sites, $x$ and $y$, having a distance $k$ one from another. What is the probability that ...
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Coupling between two CTMCs

Suppose I have two random processes $X(t)$ and $Y(t)$ starting at time $t=0$ and $X(0)=Y(0)=0$. The processes obey the following transition rates: $$ X(t):\begin{cases} 0\to 1,\text{at rate } A\\ ...
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Determining vector equations

Let $A\in \Bbb R^{n\times n}$ be a matrix such that $\mathrm{rank}(A) = n-1$ and consider the equation $$ Ax = 0. $$ Clearly, its solutions span a $1$-dimensional space, thus an additional ...
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How can I compare two Markov processes?

There is a discrete-time irreductible Markov process with $r$ possible states. $k$ observations were performed. At each observation a state of process was determined. $T_0 = \lbrace 0,1,\dots ...
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Question about random walk markov chain

For a random walk, let $a$ denote the probability that the markov chain will ever return to state $0$ given that it is currently in state $1$. Because the markov chain will always increase by $1$ with ...
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Recurrence/Transience of random walk with +2/-1 steps

Consider the Markov chain with state space $S=(0,1,2,...)$ and transition probabilities: $p(x,x+2)=p$ , $p(x,x-1)=1-p$, $\forall$ $x>0$. $p(0,2)=p$ , $p(0,0)=1-p$. For which values of $p$ is this ...