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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Is a Bernoulli process a Markov chain?

For a Bernoulli process, the outcome of a future trial is independent of the outcome of past trials. I.e., the future behaviour of a Bernoulli process is independent of its past, i.e. a Bernoulli ...
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Markov chain transition matrix

if $P$ and $Q$ are $n \times n$ transition matrices for two Markov chain, then product $R=PQ$ is also a transition matrix. is this true ? why is it ? looks like product of transition matrix means ...
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Simple Symmetric Random Walk : $P_{00}^{2n}=\binom{2n}{n}\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)^{2n}$

I was studying Simple Symmetric Random Walks and my notes state (without proof) that $$P_{00}^{2n}=\binom{2n}{n}\left(\dfrac{1}{2}\right)^{2n}$$ That is the probability of going from $0$ to $0$ in ...
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Differences of consecutive hitting times

An interesting property of consecutive hitting times from Koralov&Sinai. Consider a homogeneous ergodic Markov chain on the finite state space $X = \left\{1,\ldots,\ r\right\}$. Define the random ...
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Eigenvalues of a quasi-stochastic matrix

Quasi-stochastic In order not to make the title too long I used the term Quasi-Stochastic with this meaning: a quasi-stochastic matrix $Q$ is a square matrix $Q = ...
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Some basic questions on Markov chains (Durrett)

If you have a state space $S$, usually I think of a Markov chain $X_n$ on it as $X_n$ takes values in $S$ and satisfies the obvious Markov property and so on. In Durrett's book, he says one should ...
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Calculating probabilities (Markov Chain)

Let $\mathcal{X}=(X_n:n\in\mathbb{N}_0)$ denote a Markov chain with state space $E=\{1,\dots,5\}$ and transition matrix ...
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Irreducible MCs

Why is it that theorems for (discrete) Markov chains always require that the MC concerned is irreducible? Can problems with reducible MCs can be simplified to considering the irreducible components? ...
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How to show Martingale property for sum of $S_k-E(S_k)$-summands where $S_k$ is a function of two RV's

EDIT: new formulation of the question (old version below). In a paper I found the statement that a certain sum $M_n =Y_1+\dotsb Y_n$ is a martingale, $Y_i=f (X_k, Z_k) - E ( f(X_k, Z_k) | X_k)$. (The ...
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Markov chain - is my diagram/matrix correct?

A boy goes to school on a bike or on foot. If one day he goes on foot, then on the second day he takes a bike with probability $0.8$. If he goes on a bike one day, then he falls off the bike with ...
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Random walks : Hitting and recurrence Times relation

I have trouble understanding that how $$E\left[T_0|X_{0} = 0\right] = 1 + E[H_0|X_0=1] $$ where $T_0 = \inf\{n \geq 1:X_n = 0 \}$ and $H_A =\inf\{ n\geq 0: X_n \in A \}$. In other words $T_0$ is the ...
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Markov Chain: Moving on a circle

A particle moves on 12 points situated on a circle. At each step it is equally likely to move one step in the clockwise or in the counterclockwise direction. Find the mean number of steps for ...
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Finite state Markov chain

Under what conditions a Markov chain can be considered as finite (and not infinite)? Thank you!
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Verifying the Markov property

We throw a dice infinitely often. Define $U_n$ to be the maximal number shown up to time $n$. How can I verify that $$ ...
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Markov Chain with Memory

One of the defining characteristics of a Markov Chain is that it is memoryless: the next state depends only on the current state, and not on the set of preceding states. I'm looking for a ...
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Probability of returning to a given state after n transitions-Markov chains

Let us denote $f_j^{(n)}$ denote the probability of the first return to state $j $after n transitions. Let $p_{jj}^{(n)}$ be the probability of returning to the state $j$ after $n$ transitions when ...
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Applying transition matrix to a probability vector seems to ruin its normalization

I had a little bit about stochastic processes during my "Statistical Physics" course and on my exam I got a problem with a Markov chain. My solution seems to be without computational mistakes (checked ...
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Markov chains by hand

If I have a starting point: $A_T=[0,1]$ at $T=1$ and a one step transition matrix of: $B=\left[ \begin{align} &\frac34 & \frac14& \\& \frac1{20}& \frac {19}{20} &\end{align} ...
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Inverse of a regular stochastic matrix

Is it true that the inverse of a regular stochastic matrix is also regular? Are there any other interesting features that the inverse may have of a regular stochastic matrix? Hope someone could answer ...
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time-homogeneous continuous time Markov chain

I have a question about the continuous time Markov chain. In the Poisson process we have independent and stationary increments. Do we have this in a continuous time Markov chain that is ...
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Is the following Markov Chain a martingale?

Say I have a finite, ergodic Markov chain with states ${0,1,2,3}$ and with the following transition matrix: $$\begin{bmatrix} \frac{7}{10} & \frac{3}{10} & 0 &0\\ \frac{1}{10} & ...
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Probability distribution of Poisson process

Let $X_t$ and $Y_t$ be two independent Poisson process with rate parameter $\lambda_1$ and $\lambda_2$, respectively, measuring the number of customers arriving in stores $1$ and $2$, respectively. ...
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Generate random sample with three-state Markov chain

I have a Markov chain with the transition matrix $$\pmatrix{0 & 0.7 & 0.3 \\ 0.8 & 0 & 0.2 \\ 0.6 & 0.4 & 0}$$ and I would like to generate a random sequence between the three ...
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Probability problem with markov property

Problem: In a test paper, the questions are arranged so that 3/4's of the time a True is followed by a True and 2/3's of the time a False is followed by a False. You are confronted with a 100 ...
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Proof that Markov Chains converges to the stationary distribution

Let $P$ is a transition matrix of a Markov Chain, which is irreducible, aperiodic and lets assume $\pi$ is its stationary distribution: $\pi = \pi P$. Does anyone knows the proof for the following ...
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Expected time for winning in biased Gambler's Ruin

Consider the random walk $X_0, X_1, X_2, \ldots$ on state space $S=\{0,1,\ldots,n\}$ with absorbing states $A=\{0,n\}$, and with $P(i,i+1)=p$ and $P(i,i-1)=q$ for all $i \in S \setminus A$, where ...
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Continuous-time finite-state Markov chain as a subordinated Brownian motion

I think I read somewhere that every semimartingale is representable as a time changed Brownian motion (sorry, I don't have a reference). This suggests that in particular a continuous-time finite-state ...
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why is this Markov Chain aperiodic

I have this Matrix: $$P=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 0.3 & 0.7 \end{pmatrix}$$ this markov chain is said to be aperiodic, I dont understand how it comes to it. Period $\delta$ is the gcd of ...
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Construction of positive recurrent Markov chain

Let $\{X_i\}_{i\geq 1}$ be i.i.d. with values in $\mathbb N_0$. Define a Markov chain via the following transition matrix: $$p(0,n) = \mathbb P(X_1 = n-1) \qquad p(m,n) = \mathbb P\left(\sum_{k=1}^m ...
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Steady-state and Equation System

Two questions: Given the transition matrix: $ \begin{vmatrix} \ 0.4 & 0.4 & 0.2 \\ \ 0.5 & 0.3 & 0.2 \\ \ 0.1 & 0.5 & 0.4 \end{vmatrix} $ I would like to know HOW to find ...
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Markov chain property

Suppose $\{Y_{n}, n \ge 0\}$ is a Markov chain consisting of $N$ states. Suppose that $i$ and $j$ are states of this Markov chain and that $i \hookrightarrow j$, i.e state $j$ can be reached from ...
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Finding the exact stationary distribution for a biased random walk on a bounded interval

Imagine we have a biased random walk on an interval $[0, L]$, where the probability of taking a $+1$ step is $p$ and the probability of taking a $-1$ step is $(1-p)$. At the reflecting boundary $0$, ...
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Random walk with 3 possible steps

I have i.i.d. random variables with following distribution: $$ P(\xi_i =1) = p_1, \ P(\xi_i = 0) = p_0, \ P(\xi_i = -1) = p_{-1}; \quad S_n = \sum^n_{i=1}\xi_i.$$ I am interested in probability of ...
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Markov Property

this relates to an unanswered question I posted a few days ago: Let $\{ X_t : t = 1, 2, 3 \dots \}$ follow a 2-state Markov chain with transition matrix P. Does the Markov property mean I can break ...
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How does this Markov process involving balls and bins behave?

I have some set $S_1,\ldots,S_k$ ($k \geq 3$) of bins, each initially with $N_0(S_i)$ balls ($N_t(S_i)$ denotes the number of balls in $S_i$ at time $t$). A bin can contain a negative number of balls. ...
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Expected number of jumps in regular jump HMC

Consider a homogeneous Markov Chain $X$ on a countable state space, ie a jump process. It is said to be regular (does not explode) if there are only a finite number of jumps in every finite interval. ...
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Understanding a Markov Chain

I am using a Markov Chain to get the 10 best search results from the union of 3 different search engines. The top 10 results are taken from each engine to form a set of 30 results. The chain starts ...
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Markov chain basic positive recurrency question

If a discrete markov chain is stationary (as far as I know: doesn't modify itself with time), irreducible (doesn't have transient states) and aperiodic (no periodic states), is it positive recurrent? ...
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Expected time of mouse's survival (stochastic matrix)

In the following wikipedia page explaining stochastic matrices, there is an example with 5 boxes and a cat and a mouse where they jump to a left or right box at every turn and it explains how to ...
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Markov Chain: Pensioner Problem

A pensioner receives 2000 dollars at the beginning of each month. The amount of money he needs to spend during a month is independent of the amount he has and is equal to i (i.e. i thousand dollars) ...
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Invariance on the product space

Let us consider two spaces $\mathbb{X},\mathbb{Y}$. For simplicity we put $\mathbb{X} = \mathbb{Y} = \mathbb{R}$. On the product space $\mathbb{S} = \mathbb{X}\times \mathbb{Y}$ we consider a Markov ...
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Measuring incoming communication in a Markov Model

Given a standard Markov Chain on discrete time and finite statespace, represented by a matrix $M$, with $\sum_{j=1}^d m_{ij}=1$. I have a certain absorbing state k, where the incoming communication ...
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Using a markov chain to calculate the expected value of conditional/constrained choices (TopCoder PancakeStack)

I've been working on a programming challenge (link) where an expected value is calculated. Recently I learned about Markov chains and successfully applied them to solving a set of problems, but the ...
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Markov Chain Detailed Balance property

I am having a hard time to understand the concept of the detailed balance; mostly because of the intermingled notation most of the resources use; which involves constant usage of random and state ...
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Markov chain ergodicity

$(X_n)_n$ is a discrete-time, time-homogenous Markov chain. I have have the following transition matrix and want to show whether the chain is ergodic. $$P = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1}{2} & 0 & ...
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Random walk : probability of reaching value $i$ without passing by negative value $j$

This is just some question that popped out of nowhere while starting studying random walks, and I don't really know how to approach this. Say I have a random walk that starts at zero, and goes up or ...
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Time sampling an ordinary poisson process

My questions will be given at the end, let me just give some definitions first. The counting process $\{ N(t), t \geq 0 \} $ is said to be a non homogenous Poisson process with intensity function ...
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Finding mean and variance of a population problem

A population beings with a single individual. In each generation, each individual in the population dies with probability $1/2$ or doubles with probability $1/2$. If I let $X_n$ denote the number of ...
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why are the recurrent classes closed?

i've recently started studying about markov chain, we call a communication class a recurrent one in a markov chain if by starting from that class we infinitely return to it with probability 1,with ...
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Adding distances/weights to absorbing markov chain

in presence of an absorbing state, I want to calculate mean/expected 'distance' from any state to that absorbing state. What I mean by distance is that I want to give different lengths from one ...