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For questions on random walks, a mathematical formalization of a path that consists of a succession of random steps.

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Proving that 1- and 2-d simple symmetric random walks return to the origin with probability 1

How does one prove that a simple (steps of length $1$ in directions parallel to the axes) symmetric (each possible direction is equally likely) random walk in $1$ or $2$ dimensions returns to the ...
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Mean distance from origin after $N$ equal steps of Random-Walk in a $d$-dimensional space.

I am looking for a formula that evaluates the mean distance from origin after $N$ equal steps of Random-Walk in a $d$-dimensional space. Such a formula was given by "Henry" to a question by "Diego" (q/...
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biased random walk on line

Lets say we start at point 1. Each successive point you have a, say, 2/3 chance of increasing your position by 1 and a 1/3 chance of decreasing your position by 1. The walk ends when you reach 0. ...
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Expected Value of Random Walk

Can someone very simply explain to me how to compute the expected distance from the origin for a random walk in $1D, 2D$, and $3D$? I've seen several sources online stating that the expected distance ...
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Random walk on $n$-cycle

For a graph $G$, let $W$ be the (random) vertex occupied at the ﬁrst time the random walk has visited every vertex. That is, $W$ is the last new vertex to be visited by the random walk. Prove the ...
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Random walk $< 0$

Suppose ${X_t}$ is a random walk with mean zero. (either discrete or continuous time) Fix a time $T$. What is: $P[X_t < 0 \text{ for all } t \leq T]$? In words, what's the probability the random ...
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Returning Paths on Cubic Graphs

Suppose we have a 3-edge-colorable cubic graph with $N$ vertices. How many paths of length $N$ exist that return to its origin? Or putting it differently: What is "Pólya's Random Walk Constant" on ...
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Probability distribution for the position of a biased random walker on the positive integers

I initialize a biased one-dimensional random walk on the positive integers at the origin, $x = 0$, which also serves as a reflecting boundary blocking steps onto the negative integers. Let's say that ...
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Is there an intuitive way to see this property of random walks?

For an $n$-step symmetric simple random walk (start at origin 0 and each step 1 unit towards left or right with equal probability,) an interesting fact is that the probability that you stop exactly at ...
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1D random walk-probability to go back to origin

Suppose There is a random walk starting in origin while probability to move right is 1/3 and probability to move left 2/3.What is the probability to return to the origin. Thank you
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Expectation of $TS_T$ where $T$ is the absorption time at $\{a,-a\}$ of a simple symmetric random walk $\{S_n\}$

I was trying to calculate the expectation of $T^2$ using some martingale and got that I needed the expectation of $TS_T$. Any idea?
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Biased Random Walk and PDF of Time of First Return

I have a random walk process where each step the probability of $+1$ is $p$ and $-1$ is $q$, with $p+q=1$. $p$ may not equal $q$. The walker starts at zero. I want to know the probability that the ...
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Random walk on natural number

Problem: You are standing at the position $0$ on the line of natural numbers $0, 1, 2, ..., n$. From this position you go to $1$ with probability $1$, but from any other position $i$ you go to $i+1$ ...
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Expected number of times Random Walk crosses 0 line.

Suppose we have a simple random walk: $$x_t = x_{t-1} + \epsilon_{t}$$ Where $$\epsilon_{t} = iid\ \mathcal{N} (0,1)$$ Assume that x starts at ...
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simplify summation of factorial (random walk)

I suspect that the expression $$\sum_{n=0}^N \frac{(N-2n)^2}{n!(N-n)!}$$ simplifies to $$\frac{2^N}{(N-1)!}$$ But I cannot find the intermediate steps. Can someone give me a hint how I can deduce ...
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Probability a random walk is back at the origin

I have a symmetric random walk that starts at the origin. With probability $1/6$ it goes right by one and with probability $1/6$ it goes left by one. With probability $4/6$ it stays put. After $n$ ...
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What are some martingales for asymmetric random walks?

Here are some examples for symmetric ones: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/55092/martingales-in-both-discrete-and-continuous-setting/55101#55101 Is there a similar list for asymmmetric random ...
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Random walk problem in the plane

Let a particle in the plane $R^2$ executes random jumps at discrete times $t= 1, 2, ...$. At each step, the particle jumps from the point it is a distance of lenght one. The angle of any new jump (say,...
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Reflection principle for simple random walk

Let $(X_n)$ be a sequence of independent random variables, such that $P(X_i=1) = P(X_i=-1) = 1/2$. Then, the reflection principle states that for all $a > 0$, P(\max_{1\leq k\leq n} S_k \geq a) =...
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Expected value of sum of heights of books in a shelf with limited width

This question has arisen from a previous post: Statistical problem: how many books of different widths fit it into a self of a limited certain width? Let's assume that there are $N$ types of books, ...
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Does this modified random walk (2D) return with probability 1?

Pólya showed that a random walk (with the directions at each step uniformly distributed) on the integer lattice returns with probability 1. What if instead we consider the random walk where we are ...
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First player to win k matches

A series of matches are held between n identical competitors. Each is won by one of the n with equal probability (no ties). I'm looking for a probabilistic description of the outcome when looking at ...
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A question on calculating probabilities for the random walk

I am currently working on a high school project revolving around the 'Cliff Hanger Problem' taken from ”Fifty Challenging Problems in Probability with Solutions” by Frederick Mosteller. The problem ...
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Asymptotic behavior for the return to zero of a simple random walk

I got stuck today trying to understand an argument of the Frank den Hollander Book's. The problem is described below. Let $S_n=\sum_{i=1}^n X_i$ be the simple random walk in $\mathbb{Z}^d$, that is ...
Let $S_0$, $Z_1$, $Z_2$, $\ldots$ be independent random variables. $S_n=S_0+Z_1+\cdots+Z_n$, $n=0,1,2,\ldots$ $S_n$ is a random walk starting in a random point, $S_0$ I need to find out, when it is a ...
Let $X_1,X_2,X_3,\ldots$ be IID r.v. with $$P(X_i<-1)=0$$ $$P(X_i<0)>0$$ $$P(X_i>0)>0.$$ Define \...