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Recurrence of a certain class of $2$-$d$ random walks

As is well known, a symmetric random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^d$ (the lattice of $d$ dimensional vectors with integer components) is recurrent if and only if $d=1,2$. In particular it is transient for ...
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Is there a connection between the 3D random walk constant and the partition function?

In thinking about this question, I took a look at Pólya's random walk constants and was struck by the fact that an expression for the constant for a three-dimensional random walk, ...
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Intuition for the optimality of bold play

There is a standard result (I think originally by Dubins and Savage) that if one wants to maximise the probability of winning a certain amount in an unfair game of chance then an optimal strategy is ...
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Where does directed random walk hit the boundary?

I have a problem that I more or less know the answer to, but would really like to see it done in a systematic, rather than ad hoc way. In spite of this, I will pose the question in a very concrete ...
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Uniform integrability of the maximum of a random walk with negative drift

Given $S_k^{(n)} = X_1^{(n)} + ... + X_k^{(n)}$ for all $k,n\in\mathbb{N}$, where the $X_i^{(n)}$'s are iid with mean $-\gamma$ for some $\gamma > 0$ and unit variance. Let ...
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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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Random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$ with more than two possible steps

Let be $\{X_n\}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$. Let be $$P(X_{n+1} = k + a| X_n = k)= p_a$$ for $a\in \mathcal{A} \subset \mathbb{Z}$. Let say that $X_0 = 0$. I am interested in ...
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random walk on real line

Suppose I start at $A>0$ and every period I either move a distance $B$ to the right with probability $p$ or a distance $C$ to the left with probability $1-p$. The expected move is positive: ...
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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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probability of this event happening

Play $(n+1)t$ rounds of the same coin-tossing game and the coin is fair ($n$ is a fixed natural number). Please help me find the following probability: $P$(the number of rounds of tossing that ...
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Completeness of random walks in multiple dimensions?

I was reading Artificial Intelligence: Modern Approach (Norvig and Russell), and there was a footnote that really caught my attention. I apologize if the problem is more in the domain of CS than ...
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Duration of a Gambler's Ruin game against an opponent with infinite credit

A gambler enters the casino with $x\$$ in his pocket and sits on some table. At each iteration he bets $1\$$ and either wins $1\$$ with probability $p\leq\frac{1}{2}$ or loses $1\$$. Assuming that ...
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Random walks and their uses

Can anyone provide some motivation behind the use of random walks? I know they're used a lot in computer science, in things like page walk (I think that's what it was called- something like pagerank), ...
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Self-avoiding random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ getting stuck

Let $W_n$ be a self-avoiding random walk (SAW) on $\mathbb{Z}^2$, starting at the origin. Formally, $W_0=0$ and for $n\ge 0$, $W_{n+1}$ is chosen uniformly from the neighbours of $W_n$ which were not ...
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Sum of sequence of random variables infinitely often positive

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ be an infinite sequence of independent (but not necessarily identically distributed) random variables with $E(X_i)=0$ for all $i$. Set $S_n=\sum_{i=1}^n X_i$. I want to show that ...
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Expected minimum of a finite random walk.

So I couldn't find any resource for how to calculate the expected minimum of a random walk. Since it is such the minimum of the random variables are actually not independent as they are cumulative ...
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Number of times above a linear boundary for a finite variance random walk

I consider a random walk $(S_n)$ with mean zero and finite variance, and $\epsilon>0$. Is it true that $$ \mathbb{E}\left[\sum_{n=0}^{+\infty} 1_{S_n>n\epsilon}\right] < +\infty \quad ? $$ ...
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Upper bounds on the sum in a Martingale process

My question is related the hitting time of not a random walk, but a more general martingale process. Suppose we start with an arbitrary $x_0=x$ with $0\leq x\leq 1$. We compute $x_{t+1}$ from $x_t$ ...
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Two gamblers' ruin

I'm trying to work out the solution to a variant of the gambler's ruin. Here's my version: There are two very unlucky but friendly gamblers A and B who decide to pool their money together to form a ...
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Diffusion on a graph and its dual

Is there a relation between the diffusion of a random walker on a planar graph and that on the dual of the graph? It seems perhaps intuitive that if the diffusion on the graph is slow (in comparison ...
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Estimating the discrete laplacian to prove recurrence of simple random walk for d=2

Given a function $f : \mathbb Z\times \mathbb Z \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ we define the discrete laplacian of $f$, $\triangle_df$, by the following rule $\triangle_df(x,y)= \dfrac{f(x + 1, y)+f(x, y + ...
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Sum of $\{X_n\}$ iid random variables contained in a compact interval implies each $X_i=0$ a.s.?

I am working through an exercise that starts with a sequence i.i.d. random variables where for $a\leq b$, $$\Pr\left(\lim\sup_n \sum_{i=1}^{n} X_i \in [a,b] \right) \neq 0.$$ Does this require $X_i ...
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Comparing hitting time of two random walks

There are two random walks, $S^t_i=S^{t-1}_i+ X_i^t$ for $i=1,2$, $X^t_i$ i.i.d they have boundaries $h_1$ and $h_2$ respectively. I'm wondering if it's possible to calculate the probability that one ...
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Hitting time of a maximum of random walk converges to that of Brownian motion

Suppose $S_n$ is a simple random walk; formally, $S_n=\sum_{i=1}^n X_i$ for $X_i\sim\mathcal{U}(-1,1)$, i.i.d.. Denote by $M_n$ the maximum of the random walk on $n$ steps; formally, $M_n=\max_{0\le ...
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Recurrence for a random walk question

Let $X_i$'s be iid and define $X_1+\ldots+X_n=S_n$. I was trying to show that if $S_n$ is recurrent, then $S_{2n}$ is also recurrent. Assume these walks are in $\mathbb{R}^d$. Using Chung-Fuchs ...
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The number of paths, which touches or crosses the abscissa

If $S_n$ is a random walk s.t. $S_0=1$. $S_n=X_1+X_2+...+X_n$ for $n\ge 1$ and for any $i\in N$ $P[X_i=1]=P[X_i=-1]=1/2$ for $r\ge 1$ calculate the number of paths from time $0$ to $2n-1$ ...
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Random Walk Return Probabilities – Is there an intuition to understand them?

Every mathematician is familiar with the result (due to Pólya) that for a random walk in a $d$-dimensional lattice, the probability $p(d)$ for returning to the origin eventually is $1$ if $d=1,2$, but ...
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A random walk on the unit distance graph in $\mathbb{R}^n$

Define a graph $G_n$ whose vertices are the points in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with an edge connecting any two points that are one unit apart. Such a graph is called the unit distance graph in $\mathbb{R}^n$. ...
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Random walk with $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n} \mathbb{P}\{ S_n > 0 \} < \infty$

Consider a random walk started at $S_0=0$, denoted $S_n = \sum_{k=1}^{n}X_k$, where $X_1$, $X_2$... are the i.i.d increments. If we have $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n} \mathbb{P}\{ S_n > 0 \} ...
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Expectation of a Random Walk

I am researching Random Walks and trying to find how to get their expectations. I have studied Markov chains before. I have found one way of getting the expected number of steps to reach a state by ...
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mean displacement inequality for random walk with drift away from zero

Suppose $X_n$ is a nearest neighbor random walk on the integers with transition probabilities biased towards moving away from zero but with the bias asymptotically vanishing as you move away from ...
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Finding functions where the increase over a random interval is Poisson distributed

I'm trying to construct a type of function $f(t_1, t_2)$ that counts the number of deterministically simulated Poisson events between two points in time. We can use a single valued function ...
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Sums of independent random variables

I was unsuccessful in deriving a good estimate of the distance below. Let $(X_{n})_{n \geqslant 1}$ be a sequence of i.i.d. random variables, and let $(\varepsilon_{n})_{n\geqslant 1}$ be a sequence ...
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random walk with possibility to freeze

Consider a Random Walk on a one-dimensional lattice. The walker starts moving at time $0$ from $x=0$. At every step, the walker moves to the right with probability $p$, to the left with probability ...
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Random walk type problem with time increments

Imagine you have $\$50$ and every $2$ minutes you either gain or lose $33$ cents. How would you model the evolution of the hypothetical bankroll for the next hour? My approach based on what i've read ...
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Dimension free Concentration bounds for Martingales

Consider the following random process which is defined on $n$ numbers $0\leq x_1,\ldots,x_n\leq 1$: At each step, pick an arbitrary number, say $x_i$. Then randomly (and independently) change its ...
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Teleporting random walk

Given a directed graph $G = (V,E)$, to define a random walk on $G$ with a transition probability matrix $P$ such that it has a unique stationary distribution (as mentioned in this paper) I used a one ...
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Random walk, Cat and mouse

Here is the problem. In graph G, on different vertices there is cat and mouse. Cat and mouse do independent random walk, but time is synchronous, in one unit of time both cat and mouse do one step. ...
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Spectrum of Transition Matrix for Random Walk

Consider the symmetric random walk on $\{0, 1, \dots, n\}$ with transition probabilities $P(j \to j \pm 1) = 1/2$ for $1 \le j \le n-1$ and $P(0 \to 0) = P(0 \to 1) = P(n \to n) = P(n \to n-1) = 1/2$. ...
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Equilibrium distributions for a finite urn scheme

Given an urn with $n$ (fixed) balls that can be red or black, and given two parameters $0 < p, \, q < 1$, keep doing the following: Flip a $p$-coin. If heads come up, remove a black ball or ...
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Repeated reflection

This is a problem from Feller's book introduction to probability theory and its application, Vol 1, Chap 3 problem 3. Let $a$ and $b$ be positive, and $-b <c<a$. Prove the number of paths to ...
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Probability distribution of a self avoiding walk

Preliminary: Consider a walk on the lattice $\mathbb{Z}_d$ lattice of length $N$. In a normal random walk, if we let $N$ get large the end position has a probability distribution (PDF) that looks ...
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Cicurlar random-walk.

Suppose you have a computer network with 5 code as following. Packet can arrive at any node and any other node can be its destination equal uniform probability. Determine the average number of ...
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Couple/Compare two stochastic processes and prove an intuitive proposition

Consider a stochastic process (denoted $X$) $X_0, X_1, X_2, \ldots$ (not necessarily a Markov Chain) over state space $\{0, 1, \cdots, n \}$. The transition probabilities are $$P(X_{i+1} = 1 \mid ...
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Probability of going to the origin in a random walk

Been given this as practice for my Stochastic Processes course. I'm fairly new to the concept, so I haven't been exposed to a general method. Any hints/tips for the following? A gambler plays a ...
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Bound on sum random variables and Martingales

Suppose $X_n=q$ with probability $p$, and $X_n=-p$ with probability $q$ where $p+q=1$. Prove that for every $n$, the probability that $S_k\geq b$ for any $k$ as $1\leq k \leq n$ is at most ...
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better expression for simple random walk

Let $P_{k,j}$ be the probability that the probability that simple symmetric random walk starting from the origin reaches the point $k \in \mathbb{N}$ precisely in $j$ steps without ever returning to ...
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What are the assumptions for applying Wald's equation with a stopping time

I am trying to understand the assumptions under which I am allowed to apply Wald's equation for a sum of a random number $N$ of random variables $X_n$, $1\leq n\leq N$. There seem to be several ...
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Random walk return for subgraph

Assume that $G$ is a finite graph and we have a simple random walk starting at some vertex $v$ of $G$. We fix $n$, and consider the probability that the random walk does not return to $v$ after $n$ ...
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Random walk on non-negative integers

Consider the Random walk on the non-negative integers with transition probabilities $$ p_{0,1}=1,~~~p_{i,i+1}=1-r,~~~p_{i,i-1}=r,~~~i\geq 1. $$ Determine $p_{00}^{(n)}$ As far as ...