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Consider the hypercube $Q_4$. I would like to know how to compute the number of steps of a random walk in this graph such that the probability to be at a vertex is a given number $x$. I think I just have to invert the relation of the transition matrix... The probability to be at vertex $i$ should be $p_t(i)=(D^{-1}A)^tp_0$ where $D$ is the diagonal matrix with elements the degrees, $(D)_{ii}=d_i$, $A$ is the adjacency matrix of the graph and $p_0$ the initial probability distribution. I think I have to find the parameter $t$ such that one entry of the matrix is exactly that given number. The problem is that I can't use just a logarithm because of the power of the matrix. Can someone help me? Thanks in advance.

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Not quite sure if I get it. Are you assuming that the question has a solution for the given x? –  Algernon May 18 '13 at 13:46
yes exactly. I have the probability $x$. –  Rob May 18 '13 at 21:17
I think the answer is related to the mixing time and mixing rate, but I don't know how to esplicity use them –  Rob May 18 '13 at 22:21

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The better thing to do is use the Fourier transform for $(Z/2)^n$, which will diagonalize the transition matrix, take powers then do the inverse Fourier transform. See the lecture notes of Diaconis for details

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uhm...i think it should be much easier... –  Rob May 18 '13 at 22:07

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