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A stochastic process satisfying the Markov property: the distribution of the future states given the value of the current state does not depend on the past states. Use this tag for general state space processes (both discrete and continuous times); use (markov-chains) for countable state space ...

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### What is the importance of the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion?

I have read that the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion is $\frac{1}{2}\small\triangle$. Unfortunately, I have no background in semigroup theory, and the expositions of semigroup theory I have ...
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### Hilbert's Barber Shop

Hilbert opens a barber shop with an infinite number of chairs and an infinite number of barbers. Customers arrive via a Poisson random process with an expected 1 person every 10 minutes. Upon arrival, ...
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### Markov process vs. markov chain vs. random process vs. stochastic process vs. collection of random variables

I'm trying to understand each of the above terms, and I'm having a lot of trouble deciphering the difference between them (note, my mathematics training isn't very strong - so please go easy on the ...
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### Difference in probability distributions from two different kernels

I wonder if the probability kernels of Markov processes on the same state space are close enough, does it also hold for the probabilities of the event that depend only on first $n$ values of the ...
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### Select a new value from last $N$ values; how long until the last $N$ are all the same?

Say first we have N distinct numbers in a line, like 1,2,3,...,N, in each round, we choose a ...
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### Motivation of Feynman-Kac formula and its relation to Kolmogorov backward/forward equations?

Kolmogorov backward/forward equations are pdes, derived for the semigroups constructed from the Markov transition kernels. Feynman-Kac formula is also a pde corresponding to a stochastic process ...
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### Why Markov matrices always have 1 as an eigenvalue

Also called stochastic matrix. Let $A=[a_{ij}]$ - matrix over $\mathbb{R}$ $0\le a_{ij} \le 1 \forall i,j$ $\sum_{j}a_{ij}=1 \forall i$ i.e the sum along each column of $A$ is 1. I ...
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### If $A$ is the generator of $(P_t)$, then $A+f$ is the generator of $(P_t^f)$

Let $X=(X_t)_{t\geq0}$ be a Markov process on a state space $\Gamma$ (a Hausdorff topological vector space), let $A$ be the infinitesimal generator of $X$ and let $\mathcal C(\Gamma)$ the space of ...
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### Discover where Bob is sleeping using hidden Markov chains

Bob lives in four different houses $A, B, C$ and $D$ that are connected like the following graph shows: Bob likes to sleep in any of his houses, but they are far apart so he only sleeps in a house ...
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### Multidimensional infinitesimal generator of a jump-diffusion

Let $X=\{X_t\}_{t\geq0}$ be an $n$-dimensional Markov process, defined by the SDE $$dX_t = \mu(t, X_t) \, dt + \sigma(t,X_t) \, dB_t+\beta(t-,X_{t-}) \, dN_t,$$ where $\mu, \sigma$ and $\beta$ are ...
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### Recursively Solving a Bellman Equation

Problem Overview I am to figure out $v_\pi$ of a certain Markov state. Given Information A set of actions, $a$ containing ${up, down, left, right}$ $v_\pi(12), v_\pi(13), v_\pi(14)$ (I am given ...
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### Question about a type of continuous state Markov-process.

EDIT: Solved! It turns out that if the function is continuous and various regularity conditions hold then the statement is true. This has been established in the 'stochastic approximation' literature, ...
Let $(X_t)_{t\in\mathbb{R}}$ be a Levy Process, i.e. $X_0 = 0$ a.s., $X$ has independent and stationary increments, and almost all paths $t\mapsto X_t(\omega)$ are right continuous with left hand ...
### What is the probability this Markov chain does not reach state $r$?
Consider a random walk on the non-negative integers. You start at $0$, and in each step you either move $1$ higher, or $2$ lower (but can't go below $0$). The direction is picked w.p. $1/2$ ...