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Stationary distribution in general Markov Chains

This is just a reference request for a result which is very general, useful and should be well-known, but I've failed to find a good reference to cite. The problem is to define the "most natural" ...
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Finding cohesive (low exit probability) sets in a Markov process

The following is a fact about Markov chains that came up in a game theory paper. The purpose of this question is to ask if related notions or similar results are found elsewhere in probability, or are ...
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Is it unique when a irreducible and aperiodic markov chain on general space has an invariant measure?

Recently I'm reading Markov chains and Stochastics Stability(sencond edition 2009) written by Meyn and Tweedie. And in the proof of Theorem 10.4.5 on page 243, it says "if $\pi_m$ is invariant for the ...
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Supremum in a Markov chain model

A Markov chain $X$ with finite state space $\{1,2,\cdots,N\}$ is defined on a probability space $(\Omega, P, \mathcal{F})$ equiped with filtration $\{\mathcal{F}_t\}$. And we assume that we can reach ...
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Does the variance of a continuous time, time homogeneous, Markov process starting from one point necessarily not decrease?

Let $x_t$ be a zero mean, time homogeneous Markovian process (chiefly look at the case where the value is in $1$ dimension) over time $t$ starting from $x_0=0$. Is it necessary that, in continuous ...
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The problem of the drunkard in a valley [closed]

We consider a Markov chain on a subset of positive integers S = {0, 1, 2, 3, .......N}, with transition probabilities defined as follows: The chain jumps only one unit to the left or right. p(i, j) ...
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Anticoncentration of the convolution of two characteristic functions

Edit: This is a question related to my other post, stated in a much more concrete way I think. I am interested in anything (ideas, references) related to the following problem: Suppose that $A ...
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Best convergence rate for convolutions on $\mathbb{Z}_p$

Suppose, that we have sequence of i.i.d variables $X_1,\ldots,X_n$ taking values in $\mathbb{Z}_p$ such that $d_{TV}(X_1,U) < \delta$. How fast, in terms of $\delta$ and $n$ does the sum ...
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Convergence rate of the convolution of almost uniform measures on $\mathbb{Z}_p$

Statement Given a finite abelian group $G$ and two independent random variables $X,Y$ taking values in $G$ and satisfying $d_{TV}(X,U_G)\leqslant \delta$ and $d_{TV}(Y,U_G)\leqslant \delta$ (where ...
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Generalized Markov Processes on CW complexes of dimension > 1

Markov processes have a large variety of applications to physics and chemistry (as well as many other fields). Such processes are formulated on graphs, i.e., CW complexes of dimension one. It is ...
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Stationary distribution for bipartite graph

I was wondering if there is any stationary distribution for bipartite graph? Can we apply random walks on bipartite graph? since we know the stationary distribution can be found from Markov chain, but ...
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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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Optimum control of a probabilistic automaton

Suppose we have a probabilistic automaton and we assign a weight to each state. An "interaction strategy" would be a fixed map from states to inputs. Any interaction strategy could be used to ...
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Coin Toss Probabilities like Penney's Game

Generate a binary number, using coin toss. Until you receive a predefined sequence. What is the probability that the number is a multiple of some k. For example, the terminating sequence could be ...
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Uniqueness of Gibbs Measure on Ising model

If I understood this correctly, the Gibbs Specification for the Ising model on $ℤ^d$ dos not have a unique Gibbs Measure for β above the critical level. But what about the Ising model on a finite ...
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Regarding Ricci curvature of Markov chains

In Ricci curvature of Markov chains on metric spaces Yann Ollivier, defines a coarse Ricci curvature for a Markov chain with transition kernels $\{m_x\}$ defined on a metric space $(X,d)$ as follows: ...
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Markov Chain: state reduction

Hi I am trying to understand a proof in a paper (written by Isaac Sonin), I don't know if anyone could give me a clarification on the following: Firstly we have a Markov chain $\{Y_k\}$ with finite ...
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Markov operators and existence of ergodic measures

My question refers to the yesterday's question (see here) of John Learner and goes as follows: Can we deduce the existence of an ergodic measure if we know that an invariant measure exists, but the ...
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iterated mutinomial and hitting time

Let $N,k \geq 1$ be two integers and consider the following Markov chain on $[0,k\times N]^k$. It starts at $X^0=(N, N, \ldots, N)$ and $X^{n+1}$ is the realisation of a multinomial distribution with ...
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Inequality relating stationary probabilities and transition probabilities

Let $P$ be the transition probability matrix of a aperiodic irreducible DTMC and let $\pi$ be its stationary distribution. I would like to know if there is any literature on types of Markov chains ...
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Functions between Markov chains that preserve local harmonicity

Given two Markov chains with respective state-spaces $S$ and $T$, say that a function $\phi$ from $S$ to $T$ is holomorphic iff for all states $t \in T$, every real-valued function $f$ on $T$ that is ...
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Markov Chains based on sampled transition probabilities [closed]

If I have a process that transitions between states with some set, unknown probability, I can sample to find the transition probability. This probability is a sample average, with a well understood ...
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Is anything known about Large Deviation Principle for non additive functionals on Markov chains?

Let $\Sigma$ be a finite set of cardinality $|\Sigma |$ and $$\Pi = \{ \pi(i,j)\}_{i,j = 1}^{|\Sigma|}$$ a stochastic matrix (ie a matrix whose elements are non negative and such that each row sum ...
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A basic question on necessary and sufficient condition for positive recurrence

If state $j$ is recurrent and the following holds can it be called as positive recurrent ? $$\lim_{n -> \infty}\frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^{n}p_{jj}^{(k)} > 0$$ I know that this a necessary ...
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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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The first eigenvalue of a branching process matrix

Let $M$ be the real square matrix of a typed branching process, such that $M_{ij}$ is the expected value of offspring of type $j$ emanating from type $i$. We know that if the first eigenvalue if $M$ ...
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Stationary distribution of a countable state Markov chain

We assume the Markov chain to be countable state space, time-homogeneous. Does it necessarily have a stationary distribution? I found a paper on arXiv.org (http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0610707) that ...
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Empirical distribution of a collection of iid Markov chains

Suppose we have $N$ independent 2-point Markov chains each having a rate matrix $Q = [-1,1;1,-1]$ and stationary distribution $\pi = [0.5,0.5]$. At time $t=0$, we initiate the chains so that the ...
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when are two Markov chains same distributions

Let there be two Markov processes on the same state space (which is countably infinite), but different transition matrices, denoted by $P_{1}$ and $P_{2}$. Assume positive recurrence, irreducibility ...
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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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Hitting time probability in a Random Walk with possibility to die.

A Random Walker can move of one unit to the right with probability $p$, to the left with probability $q$ and it can jump again to the starting point with probability $r$ and die. Naturally $p+q+r=1$. ...
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Equivalent Markov Random Fields

Hi, Is it possible to have topologically different Markov Random Fields (few different edges) and yet yielding the same inference results ? Thanks!
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The limiting behavior of geometric random walk

I would like to know what the asymptotic limiting behavior is for the following random walk on $\mathbb Z^d$. By Donsker's invariance principle, I suspect that its behavior is diffusive, i.e., the ...
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Markov transition probabilities and negative binomial distribution.

A realization of a Markov process generates a sequence of interval lengths between transition from one state to another. A natural way of modeling the distribution of the lengths is as a negative ...
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How to prove ergodic property from aperiodicity and positive recurrence

How to prove that in case of an irreducible, aperiodic and positive recurrent Markov Chain time average along sample paths is equal to the ensemble average ? i.e. $$\lim_{n\to \infty ...
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Stationary distribution for directed graph

I want to implement the algorithm of graph partitioning of sparse directed graph. In this algorithm after computing the transition matrix ,we should compute the stationary distribution of the random ...
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Hidden Markov: representing joint probability for set of observations as a product of two subset probabilities.

Good day to everyone! My question concerns Hidden Markov Models and is pretty basic. In one of the books ("Introduction to Machine Learning" by Ethem Alpaydin, 2nd Edition, p.373), I get the ...
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Approximating a hitting time for some state using the stationary distribution?

Provided a random walk on a bounded interval, with step probabilities, $p$ and $q$ and a stationary distribution $\pi$, how "bad" of an approximation is to assume that the hitting time for a position ...
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Estimates for the mixing time of a Markov Chain with biased initiation

Imagine I have some Markov process consisting of a biased random walk on the integers, over some interval $[0, L]$, with $+1$ and $-1$ step probabilities of $p$ and $q$, respectively, s.t. $(p + q) = ...
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a problem on DTMC

For a Markov chain $\lbrace X_n, n\ge0\rbrace$ with transition probabilities $P_{i,j}$, consider the conditional probability that $X_n = m$ given that the chain started at time $0$ in state $i$ and ...
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Solving a Rubik's cube via a series of randomly selected (quarter-turn) Singmaster moves

In July of 2010, Tomas Rokicki, Herbert Kociemba, Morley Davidson, and John Dethridge demonstrated (computationally) that a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube, starting in an arbitrary configuration, can strictly be ...
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Practical way to check for geometric convergence

Target distribution is multimodal, 24 dimensions, continuous state space. For MCMC integration (MH sampler) I use a manually tuned proposal distribution. When I measure the convergence rate ...
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Simple markov chain problem

I know this is an easy problem, but I can't figure it out. A particle takes discrete steps $σ_1,σ_2,σ_3,…,σ_n$ which take on values +1 or −1. However, $P(σ_i=+1)=p$ and $P(σ_i=−1)$ will be $1-p$. ...
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Expected Hitting Time for Simple Random Walk from origin to point (x,y) in 2D-Integer-Grid

Consider a simple random walk on the lattice $\mathbb Z^2$ starting at the origin $(0,0)$ where in each step, one of the four adjacent vertices in chosen uniformly at random, i.e. with probability ...
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Ising model - phase transition vs rapid mixing

Consider a graph $G=(V,E)$ and Ising model on that graph, i.e. configuration space is $\Omega=${$-1,+1$}$^V$ and energy of a configuration $s \in \Omega$ is given by: $H(s) = -\beta \sum_{u \sim ...
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transition probability convergence for Harris chains - Durrett.

Dear mathoverflow. This is a question to a proof in a graduate text. I have asked two professors at my university without help, so I hope it suffices in difficulty for this forum otherwise I ...
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Ising model on a cycle

The Ising model on $\mathbb{Z} / 2d\mathbb{Z}$ gives to the configuration $x=(x_0, \ldots, x_{2d-1}) \in \{-1,+1\}^{2d}$ a probability proportional to $\exp\\big(\beta \sum_i x_ix_{i+1} \\big)$. The ...
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Extending Wald's equation to two classes of i.d. random variables?

I try to adopt Wald's equation to a slightly more complex problem. In fact, after a full day, I found some solution now, but it has a confusing argument in the middle. Perhaps somebody can help me at ...
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A repeated Balls in Bins Markovian Process

I have a graph $G=(V,E)$ with $|V|=n$ nodes. Define a markov chain matrix P on G (e.g. Metropolis-Hastings). I have $k$ random walkers which are deployed at time $t=0$ on the vertices of $G$ at random ...
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Markov chains: invariant measures and explosion

The following seems like such an elementary question, but I didn't get anywhere with it. Suppose you are considering a Markov chain in continuous time which is transient and has an invariant measure ...