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Closed-form solution to a system of linear equations

Consider the following $n \times n$ matrix with a particularly nice structure: \begin{equation}\mathbf{P}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0& \dots&0 & 0 &1\\ 0 & 0& \dots&0 & ...
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Eigenvectors of a particular transition matrix

I am considering a Markov chain with $n$ states with a particularly nice structure. The transition matrix is as follows: \begin{equation}\mathbf{P}=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 0& \dots&0 & 0 ...
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Kullback-Leibler Divergence of Stationary Distributions of Markov chains

Consider two finite Markov chains on the same state space, both assumed to be irreducible, with transition matrices $P$ and $Q$ and associated stationary distributions $\pi$ and $\tilde \pi$. Is it ...
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Relaxation = absorption?

Let $A$ be a stochastic matrix, that is, the entries are non-negative and each row adds to $1$. Assume that it is primitive, that is, $A^n$ has only positive entries for sufficiently large $n$. We ...
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Efficient computation of Markov chain transition probability matrix

Consider a continuous Markov chain $X = (X_t)$ on a finite state space and let $Q$ be the (given) transition rate matrix. This matrix is very sparse, with non-zero values on 3 diagonals only (so from ...
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Elementary Markov Chain Question

Are any general conditions known on a finite transition nxn matrix that ensure that there exists at least one mth root which is also a transition matrix? It is easy to construct a 3x3 , diagonally ...
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Continuous family of Markov chains

Suppose I have a family of countable state-space, discrete-time Markov chains, indexed by a parameter $r \in \mathbb{R}$. The state space is the same for all values of $r$; the transition ...
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Spectral gap of a product of Markov processes

For $m \in [N] \equiv \{1,\dots, N\}$, let $Q^{(m)}$ be the generator of a (well-behaved) continuous-time Markov process on a finite state space $[n_m]$. Write $J \equiv (j_1,\dots,j_N) \in \prod_m ...
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How to bound the second largest eigenvalue of a transition matrix of a non-irreducible Markov chain?

I have found several bounds (e.g., Cheeger, Poincare) for the case that the Markov chain is irreducible and reversible, however my Markov chain has one absorbing state. Any bound would be helpful, but ...
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Bounds on $||P^{k+1} - P^k||$ for $n$ by $n$ stochastic matrix $P$ with trace $n-1$ and integer $k>>n$.

The problem: We have a $n$-state Markov chain with arbitrary initial distribution and transition matrix $P$ that is arbitrary except that we know that $P$ has trace $n-1$. Of course $P$ is also a ...