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### Equalizing Geometric means of Graph Cycles

Consider a strongly connected directed graph $G$. I have been stuck on the following question: can you assign real numbers in $[0,1]$ to each edge of $G$ so that the geometric mean of all cycles are ...

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### positive Harris recurrent, aperiodic, stationary Markov chain

How to proof that every positive Harris recurrent, aperiodic, stationary Markov chain is alpha-mixing (strong-mixing)?

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### Two types of random walkers on square lattice

Consider a two dimensional square lattice ($n$ by $n$), which is our space $S$ (each point labelled by an index $1\to n^2$), containing two types of particles, distinguished here by either an index $1$...

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### Markov-semigroup sobolev inequality

I have a question about the following definition:
A probability measure $\mu$, such that the Markov semi-group $e^{Lt} \in L(L^2)$ exists and is symmetric, satisfies the Sobolev inequality iff for ...

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### How much larger than the relaxation time can the mixing time be?

The notation is mostly taken from the book "Markov chains and mixing times" by Levin, Peres, and Wilmer.
Consider an irreducible, aperiodic, time-reversible, discrete-time Markov chain on a finite ...

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### General Markov Chains on same Probability Space?

A Markov chain $(X_i)_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ on a measurable space $(E,\Sigma)$ is (see e.g. Revuz or Meyn/Tweedie) constructed on the following probabilty space.
$$ \Omega = \{ (x_l)_{l \in \mathbb{N}} \...

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### Validating a probability density distribution forecast model for a Markov process

Let's say we have a Markov process $X_t$, and we come up with a forecast model that takes some information from outside world and says: "value $X_{t+1}$ has probability density distribution $P_t(x)$". ...

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### Markov chain matching local time

Let $\left(X_{t}\right)_{t\geq0}$ be a Markov process taking values in
a finite state space $E$. Its local time at $y\in E$ started at
$x\in E$ is defined as
$$
l_{x}\left(t,y\right)=\int_{0}^{t}1_{...

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### The spring Markov chain on $\mathbb{N}$

I'm trying to understand and learn more about "almost surely bounded" Markov chains on countable state spaces. I'm looking for references where I can learn how to work with more complicated examples ...

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### Ergodicity property for continuous-time Harris positive Markov process

I have posted this question on there, but got no answer.
The following theorem is Theorem 13.3.3 of Meyn and Tweedie's Markov Chains and Stochastic Stability on page 328:
Theorem 13.3.3. If $\Phi$...

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### Customers and Anti-Customer Queueing Problem: What is the Customer delete probability

Hello may I ask for your help?
First the setting:
I have got a problem with some queueing theory. The whole problem would be a grid of nodes, all nodes have an operation intensity $\mu_{i,j}$. ...

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### Stationary distribution for time-inhomogeneous Markov process

I have a two state, discrete time, time-inhomogeneous Markov process with transition matrix defined by
$$T_i=\begin{pmatrix}
1-p_i\alpha & p_i\alpha \\
p_i\beta& 1-p_i\beta
\end{pmatrix}$$
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### Row-stochasticity of the Jacobian matrix of a stationary distribution

Let $P_{\mathbf{p}}$ be a $n \times n$ row-stochastic matrix whose entries are a function of a probability vector $\mathbf{p} \in \mathbf{R}_{> 0}^n$, $\sum_i p_i = 1$ and define the following ...

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### Markov chains on a polyhedron

A modification of a question from Gerard Letac (1976): A m-sided q-adjacent-faced polyhedron has one of its faces "up." Each round, the polyhedron rolls so that any of the adjacent faces is now up. ...

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### Oscillating Markovprocess Transition Probabilities

Suppose we have an irreducible positive-recurrent Markov process $\{X(t), t\geq0\}$ with generator $G$. Let $P(t)$ be its transition probability matrix and $\pi$ its stationary distribution. Then we ...

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### Link Between Birkhoff Ergodic Theorem and Strong LLN for Harris Recurrent Markov chain

Is it possible to derive strong law of large numbers for a Harris recurrent stationary Markov chain form Birkhoff Ergodic Theorem? As I know that there is a link between SLLN for iid sample and ...

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### Strong Markov Property of the joint process $(B_t,L_t)_{t\ge 0}$

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be a Brownian motion and $L=(L_t)_{t\ge 0}$ be its local time in zero. Given two strictly increasing functions $\phi_1$, $\phi_2: \mathbb R_+\to\mathbb R$ such that $\phi_1(0)=\...

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### Mappings between adaptive networks and Markov processes

Are there any known mappings between adaptive networks models (i.e. graph model representations of networks where the internal vertex dynamics and connectivity topology can change subject to specific ...

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### Deep Learning / Deep neural nets for mathematician

I am interested in finding out the math ideas behind the technologies that are under the umbrella of "Deep Learning" or "Deep neural nets".
Most of the papers/books that are often quoted in papers/...

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### Variation of Markov Chain Convergence Theorem

Assume the chain $\{X_n\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ on the statespace $(S,\mathcal{F})$ (we may assume it is countable) is aperiodic, irreducible and positive recurrent. We denote with $\pi$ its (unique) ...

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### How to fit a stochastic matrix to given data.?

Given a data sequence of noisy observations of a 3-state Markov chain $X$ -- $y_1$,$y_2$,...$y_n$, with two transition matrices $A_1$ and $A_2$ corresponding to different regions (**) in the (unit) ...

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### Spectral radius of a column stochastic matrix perturbed by a rank-1 matrix

$P\in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ is an irreducible column stochastic matrix. $P$ is also diagonally dominant. $w \in \mathbb{R}^{n} $ is a strictly positive vector satisfying $w^T \mathbf{1} = 1$ where $\...

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### Theorems on stochastic Lyapunov function

Let $X_n$ be a sequence of random variables such that
$$P(X_{n+1} \in A|X_m,x_m,m\leq n)= \int_A p(dw|X_n,x_n)$$
It is called a controlled Markov process.
Now, suppose there exist $\epsilon_0$, $...

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### Is the stationary distribution of this Markov chain uniform?

First, a little bit of background: Since 2012, Canada has decided to phase out the penny for its coinage system. Product prices may still use arbitrary cents, especially since prices do not typically ...

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### Effects of merging states on the limiting distribution of a Markov Chain

Consider a discrete time, homogeneous, finite state Markov chain given by a stochastic $n\times n$ matrix $M$.
We also have a cost vector $w$ of size $n$ with non-negative integer costs. The cost of ...

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### Deterministic finite-state automaton driven by a Markov chain

I've stumbled on some problem, and I have the feeling that this is closed to something well-studied in dynamical systems. The problem is the following. Consider a finite-state automaton with state ...

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### Can ergodic theory help to prove ergodicity of general Markov chain?

I am a beginner in ergodic theory. I have read some lecture notes(such as this and this) about it in hope that I could find something which helps to prove the ergodicity of some Markov chain taking ...

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### Worst-Case Solution to (Stochastic) Matrix Inequality

EDIT: Some specific conjectures added.
This problem comes with an associated stochastic process, but I phrase everything as linear algebra in case somebody from a non-probability community has seen ...

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### minimal polynomial for a graph

I wonder if there is any result relating the degree $d$ of the minimal polynomial of a directed finite graph to any of its topological features - such as its diameter, or any other similar 'natural' ...

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### Mixing time of a continuous time Markov chain with arbitrary rate matrix

I would like to calculate the mixing time of a continuous time starting from the rate matrix and not necessarily assuming that the time in between jumps have rate 1 - all I have is the (finite ...

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### On the inverse problem of Dobrushin

Dobrushin, in this paper, looked into the following problem. Suppose We are given a Markov kernel (conditional distribution) $P_{Y|X}$. Information theorist usually call $W$ a channel. It is known ...

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### Is there an effective algorithm for finding “minimal discovery times” for large graphs?

Consider a large, probably sparse graph with Markovian random walkers on it.
Define the discovery time as the expected time to first reach a vertex by
random walk from a uniform start. Are there ...

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### Does a irreducible set of states necessarily need to be closed in a Markov chain?

I have come across two different definitions for a 'irreducible set of states' of a Markov chain.
Definition 1: A subset of states $A$ of a Markov chain is irreducible if it is possible to access (...

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### Conditional probabilities in epidemic model

I was contemplating an epidemic model where infection and recovery rates are determined by links. Here node $i$ is infected first and recovers at a rate $\mu_i$. For all other nodes, the recovery is ...

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### Stationary distribution of Markov chain

Suppose I have a discrete time Markov chain $\boldsymbol{X}$ with state space $\mathbb{R}^+$. The chain is $\psi$-irreducible, aperiodic, atomless and has an invariant measure $\pi$.
If $\pi$ is ...

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### Can ergodic theorem be used here [closed]

Suppose I have an ergodic Markov Chain $\{X_n\}$ where $X_n$ are bounded. Now, Can I say anything on the limit
$$ \lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{1}{n}\ln E\left[e^{\sum_{i=0}^{n} X_i}\right]$$
I don't ...

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### Double Markovity

Suppose we have a double Markov relation for three random variables $X$, $Y$ and $W$ as follows
$$X\to W\to Y,$$ and $$X\to Y\to W.$$
How to prove that there exist functions $f$ and $g$ such that
$$...

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### Constructing a transition matrix of a time-homogeneous, finite Markov chain with full support stationary distribution

is there a way to construct a transition matrix of a time-homogeneous, finite Markov chain such that the stationary distribution always has full support (this is equivalent to all states of the chain ...

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### DTMC random walk model [closed]

For a discrete Markov chain random walk with p < 0.5 with state space S= {0,1,2..}
What is the stationary distribution?
I could use any help.
Thank you

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### Maximal inequalities for square of partial sums

Let $S_n = \sum_{i \leq n} X_i$ be the partial sums of a nice sequence of random variables $X_i$. In my application, $X_i$ is a functional of a finite-state, irreducible, aperiodic Markov chain, so ...

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### Simultaneous multiple perturbations in Markov chain Monte Carlo

I'm coding a McMC algorithm for geophysical applications.
Using the Metropolis-Hastings scheme to accept/reject the proposed models is smth that i thought i completely understood, but i don't. To be ...

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### Approximating Markov chains by Brownian motion

I would like a result along the following lines to be true, but haven't been able to locate it in the literature; pointers would be welcome.
Let $X_t$ be a finite-state, irreducible, aperiodic Markov ...

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### N random walkers that hit node v in a graph

Consider a finite, undirected graph G, with uniform edge weights. Assume that there are n number of random walkers that will start at different nodes (lets say n=3, hence the random walkers will start ...

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### Nonstationary Markov chain maximal inequality

Let $X_i$ be a (finite-state, irreducible, aperiodic) Markov chain, not necessarily stationary. (That is, it doesn't start from the invariant distribution; I'm happy to have it be time-homogeneous if ...

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### random walk with reflecting barriers [closed]

Consider a random walk on the line 1,...,d. You start at point 1. At each step you flip a coin: heads means go left, tails means go right. If you're at 1 and get a heads, just stay where you are (same ...

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### Gibbs sampler with linear constraints

My problem concerns the estimation of truncated multivariate normal distributions under constraints.
Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ two random variables following normal distributions $\mathcal{N_1}(m_1,\...

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### How to explain “Feller process” to an undergraduate student?

I had to explain in informal terms what a Feller process was, to undergraduate students who understand Markov property, Poisson processes and such. It was easy to define Levy process as generalisation ...

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### First Collision Time for k Random Walkers on a Torus

I consider $k$ random walkers on $\mathbb{Z}^{d}/n \mathbb{Z}^{d}$, the $d$-dimensional torus of side length $n$. More precisely, I will define a Markov chain $Z_{t} = (X_{t}[1], \ldots, X_{t}[k])$ ...

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### Markov decision processes: action set revealed at point of decision

I have a problem which looks like a finite horizon Markov decision process (MDP), except the action space at each time is revealed at the decision making point. There is no way to know before hand the ...

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### References for a physicist migrating to stochastic processes

I've studied "Markov Chains" - Norris and "Measure, Integral and Probability" - Capinski, Kopp. Now, I'm looking for a couple of books (or other references) that help me bridging these two topics. ...