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### A Markov Chain Problem.(Change the color of ball)

There are $n$ different color balls in a box. Take two balls in turns, and change color of the second ball to the first. (This is one operation). Let $k$ be the (random) number of operations needed to ...
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### Markov property for a stochastic process with discrete state space.

Consider a stochastic process $\{X_s\}_{s\in\mathcal S\subseteq\mathbb R}$ with value in $(\mathbb R,\mathcal B(\mathbb R))$ adapted to a filtration $\{\mathcal F_s\}$ (we can suppose that ...
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### Probabilities in a Markov Model

I am reading a paper on Markov Models and I am trying to figure out how to compute the probabilities for the $\alpha$-pass. I am given an $N\times N$ matrix $A$, that has the probabilities of ...
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### Proving that a process has the Markov property

Let $X_t=xe^{ct+aB_t}$ where $B_t$ is one dimensional Brownian motion. How would I prove this is a Markov process using the expectation definition of a Markov process, i.e., ...
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### Can the transition probabilities of an inhomogeneous Markov chain be written as an exponential?

If $Z_t$ is a homogeneous continuous-time Markov chain with finite state space $E=\{1,\ldots,p\}$, transition matrices $(P(t))$ and intensity matrix $Q$, it holds that $$P(t) = \exp(tQ),$$ see for ...
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### Q-matrix vs. P-matrix description of a Markov chain

Consider a continuous time Markov chain $(X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ on some state space $S$ with transition matrix (P-matrix) $p_t(x,y)$, the probability density of jumping from $x$ to $y$ in time $t$. The ...
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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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### Transition rate matrix from transition probability matrix

If I have a $2 \times 2$ continuous time Markov chain transition probability matrix (generated from a financial time series data), is it possible to get the transition rate matrix from this and if ...
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### Continuous time Markov chains, how would this definition be expanded from time-homogeneous to time-inhomogeneous.

Below I have a picture of how we can view a continuous time Markov chain that is time-homogeneous. Now, I am wondering what happens when we have a inhomogeneous continuous Markov chain. I have ...
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### Markov processes and semimartingales

Semimartingales and Markov processes are two fundamental families in probability theory. There are many specific processes that belongs to the intersection of those two families, e.g. Levy processes. ...
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### Markov renewal process vs Markov Jump process

The venerable wikipedia for "Markov renewal process" says that: "a Markov renewal process is a random process that generalizes the notion of Markov jump processes". So what's the definition of a ...
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### The difference between Dynamic Optimization, Stochastic Programming, Optimal control and Markov Decision Processes

I've seen the following terms thrown around somewhat interchangeably, and I'm confused. What are the distinctions between them, and what are some representative problems that each deals with? ...
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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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### 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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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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### Stochastic processes with independent increments

If $\{X_{t}:t\geq 0\}$ is a real-valued stochastic process with independent increments then $\{X_{t}:t\geq0\}$ is a Markov process? Let $\{ \mathcal{F}_{t} \}_{t\geq0}$ be a natural filtration of ...