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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Markov Chain Initial Distribution

Suppose $\{X_0,X_1,X_2,\dots\}$ is a discrete-time Markov chain taking values in a finite set $\{1,\dots,N\}$ with initial distribution $p_i(0) = P(X_0 = i)$ for $i\in\{1,\dots,N\}$ and transition ...
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What's the probability that A wins finally

Suppose A has \$2 and B has \$3. They play a game, each game gives the winner \$1 from other. A has a probability $\frac{3}{5}$ to win each game. They play this game until one of them is bankrupt. ...
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How to find the limit of a markov chain

Given a markov chain where the next state is related to the previous state by the following matrix: $$\begin{array}{c|ccc} & A & B & C\\ \hline A & p_1 & q_1 & r_1\\ B & ...
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Conditional probability of a general Markov process given by its running process

I have a question as follow: "Let $X$ be a general Markov process, $M$ is a running maximum process of $X$ and $T$ be an exponential distribution, independent of $X$. I learned that there is the ...
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Limiting probability that the sum of the values of a die is a multiple of 13

A fair die is thrown repeatedly. Let $X_n$ denote the sum of the $n$ first throws. I have to find $\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}P(X_n \text{ is multiple of 13})$. Now follows what I tried, which I don't ...
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Applying MCMC Metropolis algorithm

I'm interested in all possible paths (on the grid $\mathbb{N}^2 $) that goes from $ (0,0) $ to $ (n, n) $. At each step there are two possibilities: go right or go up. The path is a sequence $ ...
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Is it true that $\|\text{diag($\pi$)} P\|_2 \leq 1$ for $P$ stochastic and $\pi P = \pi$.

$\| \cdot \|_2 $ is the matrix norm induced by $L_2$. $P$ is any given real square $n \times n$ non-negative matrix with rows summing to one, i.e. $P1 = 1$, where $1$ is the vector of ones. There is ...
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Elementary proof of geometric / negative binomial distribution in birth-death processes

The birth-death process concerns a population of $n_0$ individuals, each of which reproduce and die at a constant rate as time $t$ increases from $t=0$. Each individual splits into two individuals ...
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Question about Markov chain

We know that if $\{X_n\}$ is a Markov chain, then $X_{n+1}$ is independent with the past states $X_0,\ldots,X_{n-1}$ given current state $X_n$, that is ...
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Markov chain problem with finite states

Consider any Markov chain on a state space with exactly $r$ states. We want to find the largest $N>0$ such that there exists states $i,j$ for every $n < N$ we have $p_{ij}^{(N)} > 0$ and ...
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Random walk where increment depend on current position

Consider the following stochastic process, $$b(i+1) = b(i) + \xi_i (b_i),$$ where $\xi_i(b_i) \in \{-1, k \}$ are the independent increments having the following distribution: $$\begin{align} P (\xi ...
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recurrence criterion for random-walk like (simple) inhomogeneous Markov chain

This question is to some degree a follow-up of this question. Suppose we have a random-walk like Markov chain, i.e. state space is the set of all integers from $-\infty$ to $\infty$, the transition ...
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Sojourn time of a CTMC

Soujourn time of a CTMC at time $t$ is defined as : $$T(t)= \inf\{ s > 0 : X(t+s) \neq X(t)\}$$ My question is why "inf", not min ? Here $T(t)$ belongs to the set $\{ s > 0 : X(t+s) \neq ...
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Probability with Markov chains

I need some hint about Markov chains. So here is my homework. Let $\{ X_t : t = 0,1, 2, 3, \ldots, n\}? $ be a Markov chain. What is $P(X_0 =i\mid X_n=j)$? So I need to calculate if it's $j$ ...
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Limit of a probability regarding a random walk

Consider a random walk on the integers starting at 0, where in each step you move either 1 or 2 meters (back or forth alike). As soon as you reach either the $N$ or $N+1$ meter mark, you stop. What is ...
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a theorem on transient and recurrent state in a DTMC

Is the following statement true: In a finite Markov chain, if $i$ is a transient state then there is at least one recurrent state $j$ such that $j$ is reachable from $i$.
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Martingale associated to Markov chain

$X$ is a (continuous time) Markov chain with generator matrix $\Lambda$ and finite state space $G$. I know that for $g\colon G \to R$ $$ M_t = g(X_t) - g(X_0) - \int_0^t (\Lambda g)(X_s)\, ds $$ is a ...
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Finding the stationary distribution of a markov chain

I am asked to compute the stationary distribution of the markov chain with state space $E=\mathbb{N}_0$, $q_n >0$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}_0$ and transition matrix below: \begin{bmatrix} q_0 ...
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Proof of Markov property for Ehrenfest urn

[the question got downvoted on MO with the recommendation to ask here] In many books Ehrenfest Urn is used as an example of a homogeneous Markov chain, where entries in transition probabilities ...
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Expectation of a stopping time uniquely determined by a function

Let $(X_t)_{t\ge0}$ be a Markov chain on a finite state space $\Omega$, with transition probability $P$. Let $T$ be a stopping time such that $T=\min \{t\ge 0;X_t \in A \subset \Omega \}$.  If ...
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Joint density function Poisson Process

We did an example in class that I'm not sure how we came up with the answer. The problem is: If I let X(t) be a Poisson process of rate $\lambda$. I'm supposed to validate the identity ...
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Stochastic matrices with orthogonal eigenvectors

I stumbled across an odd fact while thinking about Markov chains, and I have an odd proof for it. Claim: Let $P$ be the transition matrix of a finite irreducible aperiodic Markov chain, and assume ...
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Exercise from Norris' book on Markov chains

Let $(X_n)$ be a Markov chain on $\mathbb{N}$ with transition probabilities satisfying: $$p_{0,1}=1,\quad p_{i,i-1}+p_{i,i+1}=1,\quad p_{i,i+1}=\left(\frac{i+1}{i}\right)^{\alpha}p_{i,i-1}$$ The ...
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Gambler's ruin: Distribution of the maximum fortune along the game conditioned to lose

I having troubles with this problem: Let $(X_n)$ a gambler's ruin Markov chain on $\{0,\dots,N\}$ i.e. a Markov chain with state set $E=\{0,\dots,N\}$ and probability transitions $$p(k,k+1)= ...
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Mean exit time / first passage time for a general symmetric Markov chain

Suppose I have a Markov chain as depicted in the following figure: where $N$ is even. State 0 and $N$ are the two sinks of the chain. The transition probabilities have the following property: ...
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What does a customer see when it begins to be served in $M/M/1$ queue?

In queueing theory, the PASTA (Poisson Arrivals See Time Averages) principle [wiki] justifies $a_n = P_n$ where $$a_n = \text{proportion of customers that find } n \text{ customers in the system when ...
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A linear growth model with immigration

Ill give some background first before asking questions.(the text below is straight out of the book) Each individual in the population is assumed give birth at an exponential rate of $\lambda$ in ...
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Sum of two Markov processes another Markov process?

Let $dX_{t} = m_1(l_1-X_{t})dt+\sigma_1 dW_{t}$ and $dY_{t} = m_2(l_2-Y_{t})dt+\sigma_2(\rho dW_{t}+\sqrt{1-\rho^2}dW_{t}^{1})$ where the $m_i$'s, $l_i$'s and $\sigma_i$'s are constants, $\rho \in ...
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The expectation of total number of different states in N time points

[Conditions] (1) An object has K possible states. (2) This object can have only one state at a single time point. (3) The probability of each state at any single time point is 1/K, and each time ...
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A basic question on irreducible periodic markov chain

For an irreducible periodic (period $2$) Markov Chain I know that both of the following two quantities are same and equal to $\pi(i)$: $$ \lim_{n\to \infty} \frac{1}{2}(p_n(j,i) + p_{n+1}(j,i))$$ $$ ...
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Proof about Steady-State distribution of a Markov chain

Consider $A$ as a matrix, that when normalized represents an finite-state time-homogeneous Markov chain $M$ with entries $0\leq p_{i,j}\leq 1$, where each row sums up to $1$. We can also assume that ...
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what's the generalized approach to this infinite state markov chain problem

Say, a bag has 10 balls, in which 9 are red, 1 is black. Each red ball is worth 1 point, each black is worth 4 points. I have 8 picks from the bag to start with (the bag refills itself after each ...
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Countable state Markov chain: detailed balance consequences

Let $S$ be a countable set and $\pi$ a probability distribution on $S$. A discrete-time Markov chain $(X_n)$ with state space $S$ is said to be in detailed balance with respect to $\pi$ (or simply in ...
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Probability distribution of markov chain

I have a Markov chain with state space $E = \{1,2,3,4,5\}$ and transition matrix below: $$ \begin{bmatrix} 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 0 \\ 1/3 & 2/3 & 0 ...
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What happens to a regular Markov matrix that has more than one steady state/stationary distribution?

It is known that for a regular Markov matrix $M,$ $M^{n}$ has the steady-state vector as all of its columns as $n \to \infty.$ I learned this in class, but what if there is more than one steady-state ...
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Identifying states in Markov chains

I just started learning about Markov processes and got the following homework question. Classify all the states as recurrent or transient for the Markov chain below $$\begin{matrix} ...
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non-stationary Markov chain n-step

When I search for the long term behaviour of a stationary markov chain I just multiply the transition matrix with itself for the number of steps: P(n) = P(0)^n. But how do you go about doing it ...
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$ X_n = 2 Y_n + Y_{n+1} $ (non)Markov Chain

Let $Y_1,Y_2,\dots$ be iid random variables with $P(Y_n=0)=1-p,\; P(Y_n=1)=p$ where $p\in(0,1)$. Define $$ X_n = 2 Y_n + Y_{n+1} $$ The question is, whether $\{X_n\}$ is a Markov chain or not. ...
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Markov Property Confusion

I feel like I'm being very dense/employing some sort of circular reasoning, but I'm having trouble understanding the Markov Property. According to Durrett (ISBN-10:1461436141), $X_n$ is a Markov chain ...
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Periodicity of Markov chains under cartesian product

Suppose that you have a finite state Markov chain, with $n$ states and characterized by $p_{i,j}$ the probability of reaching state $j$ from state $i$. Consider the new Markov chain with $n^2$ states ...
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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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Interpretation for the determinant of a stochastic matrix?

Is there a probabilistic interpretation for the determinant of a stochastic matrix (i.e. an $n \times n$ matrix whose columns sum to unity)?
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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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2D random walk variation

If a point on a 2D lattice is allowed to take a random walk by taking a unit step either up, down, left or right, there is probability $1$ of reaching any point (including the starting point) as the ...
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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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Dice probability of a winning more than $X\%$ of the time over $Y$ Throws

I have a die with three possible outcomes. The three outcomes are win (+1), draw (0) and lose (-1). $P(w) + P(d) + P(l) = 1$. (1) If I throw the die Y times, what is the probability I will win $X$ ...
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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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expected hitting time with two absorbing states

Consider a Markov chain in a finite space and with two absorbing states, each of which is accessible from the other, transient states. Is the expected number of transitions to reach any single ...