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Randomly walking a leashed dog

Let a human $h(t)$ random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ by taking a unit-length step at every time step $t$. A dog $d(t)$ on a leash of length $\lambda$ follows $h(t)$, also taking a unit-length step at ...
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Wander distance of self-avoiding walk that backs out of culs-de-sac

Suppose a self-avoiding walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$, with random steps each one unit long, backs out of culs-de-sac, but retaining the lattice points on which it stepped marked as unavailable for future ...
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Do Random Walks on the Hexagonal Lattice have a limit?

For every positive integer $n$, consider a regular hexagon $\mathrm{H}_n$ such that the distance of each vertex from the center is $\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}$. That in turn induces a tiling of ...
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Does the concept of connective constant make sense for any tiling of the plane?

First let me define what is the "connective constant" of a two dimensional lattice. Let $c_{n}$ denote the number of $n$ step self-avoiding walks starting from a fixed origin point in the lattice. ...
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Connection between degree of growth and return probabilities of random walks on Lie groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group of polynomial growth, let $\mu$ be a non-degenerate symmetric probability measure with finite support on $G$, and let $d$ be the degree of growth of $G$. ...
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Nonmonotonicity of expected distance of a random walk

What's the simplest example of a reversible random walk $X_n$ on an infinite vertex-transitive graph such that the expected distance from the origin is not increasing, i.e. there exists $n$ such that: ...
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Hitting time for two out of three random walk particles

I'm imagining a simple random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$ with three independent particles (maybe add laziness so they don't jump over each other). Suppose the particles are initially placed at, say, $-10$, ...
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Area covered by Brownian motion of 2D disc

I would like to know the expected value for the area covered by a disc of radius $R$ whose center undergoes Brownian motion (diffusion). Specifically, let $\mathbf{X}_t$ represent a two-dimensional ...
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Random walk by simplex vertices

I apologize if this question is well-known, but I was unable to find it mentioned anywhere. There exists a bug which moves around in $r$-space. The bug begins at the origin of this $r$-space. If the ...
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Using Crump-Mode-Jagers processes to get logarithmic bound on a random tree height

I am currently pursuing my PhD degree and in my research I came across a family of random trees. I need to prove a logarithmic asymptotic bound for the heights of such trees as their size grows. I ...
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Speed on recurrent graphs

Suppose that $G$ is a (locally finite) graph such that the simple random walk on $G$ is recurrent. Does this imply any upper bound on the speed $\mathbb{E}d(X_t,X_0)$ of such random walk?
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Expectation of Maximum of Uniform Multinomial Distribution

Suppose we have a uniform multinomial distribution with $k$ buckets, i.e. we put $n$ items uniformly at random in $k$ buckets leading to $n_1, \dots, n_k$ items in each bucket respectively. Let $m = ...
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119 views

Quadratic variation for discrete Martingale

Is there any analogue of continuous martingale quadratic variation for the discrete case? If so, are there any theorems which characterize simple random walk using quadratic variation - similar to ...
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149 views

Width of a random convex polygon

Consider a planar (2D) random walk comprised of N steps. Consider the minimum convex polygon enclosing the N points visited by the random walker. Assume the definition of the width of a convex ...
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406 views

Random walk in a circle

Suppose we have a circle of radius $R$ centered in the origin of a $x,y$ cartesian reference frame. A particle starting from the center of the circle is moving with a speed given by: ...
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Joint law for number of visits in transient simple random walk

Consider a simple $1$-dimensional random walk $X_n$. Let $p$ and $q$ (with $p+q=1$) be the probability of transitions from $n$ to $n+1$ and from $n$ to $n-1$ respectively, and suppose that $p>q$ ...
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Estimates for simple random walks in groups of intermediate growth

I'm looking for references for the rate of escape and return probability for a group of intermediate growth. Let $0<\alpha < 1$. If the volume growth is $\succeq \mathrm{exp}(n^\alpha)$, then ...
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172 views

Random walk with positive uniformly distributed steps

Let $U_1,U_2,\ldots$ be iid random variables distributed uniformly on $[0,1]$. I am interested in the random walk $X_i = \sum_{j \leq i} U_j$. In particular, What is the expected number of points ...
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344 views

Random walk over a function

Let $\{X_n\}_{n\geq 0}$ be a random walk. Let us assume that $\mathbb{E}X_1 =0$ and $\mathbb{E}X_1^2=1$. Let also $\mathbb{E}\exp(c|X_1|)<+\infty$ for some $c>0$ and $X_1$ has a law with ...
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Twisted random walks

Suppose the points of two random walks in $\mathbb{R}^2$ are given the step number (or time) as a third coordinate, so that they become paths in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Here are several pairs of walks of ...
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random walk and Brownian motion on Riemannian manifold

As we know, the random walk on $\mathbb{Z}/n$ will converge(in some sense) to the Brownian motion on $\mathbb{R}$ when $n\to\infty$. I would like to know is there some higher dimensional analogy ...
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Speed of random walks in groups

I've seen some estimates for the decay in $d$ of the probability a SRW makes a distance $d$ in time $n$, but is there any reference for the "speed" of a random walk in a group? I'm interested mostly ...
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Random path in a graph

Consider a finite graph $G$. I would like to define a random path between two vertices $s$ and $t$ of the graph $G$ by looking at a measure $\mu$ on all spanning trees. Then the probability of a given ...
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Random Walk on $\mathbb{R}$ with Uniformly Distributed Steps and “Reflective” Boundary at Origin

A particle lies on the real number line at the origin. For each step taken, the particle moves from its current position a distance (and direction) chosen equi-probably from range $[-1,r]$. However, ...
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An “inchworm-like” random walk on an integer interval

Imagine I place $k$ stones on an infinite one-dimensional integer interval $Z$ s.t. no stone is more than some distance $d$ from any other stone. For example, if $d=1$ and $k = 5$, we might place the ...
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Fundamental inequality of entropy in random walks

I'm looking for a reference for an inequality related to the "fundamental inequality" about entropy and rate of escape of random walks (on the Cayley graph of a group). Namely, $\textbf{Question}$: ...
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257 views

Probabilities of a random walk exiting a set

Let $F$ be a finite connected set in a graph (soon to be the Cayley graph of a group) and $\mathrm{Ex}_x^F$ be the function on the vertices in $F^c$ which are neighbour to vertices in $F$ defined as ...
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Memory of Uniformly Random Dyck Paths

Let $D$ be the set of all Dyck paths on square grid of size $n\times n$. For any particular Dyck path, let $S(t)=X_1+X_2+\ldots +X_t$ store the path, where $X_i=\pm 1$. Being a Dyck path, we have ...
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468 views

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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asymmetric random walk, hitting time probability

Let's consider an asymmetric Random Walk on $Z$, with transition probabilities $p_{i, i+1}=p$, $~~p_{i, i+1}=q$, $\forall i \in \mathcal{Z}$, $p+q=1$ and $p>q$. I am interested in the probability ...
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Spanning subgaph with trivial Poisson boundaries

Assume $\Gamma$ is the Cayley graph of an amenable$^{*}$ group and that the simple random walk has non-trivial Poisson boundary$^{**}$. Is there a spanning connected subgraph $\Gamma'$ of some ...
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Estimate on currents in Cayley graphs

Take a Cayley graph $\Gamma$ (thought of as an electrical network with all edges having equal resistance) and break one edge $e$ and put a battery there. (Assume the graph has only one end* so that ...
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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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277 views

Manhattan distance vs. absorption time on an unbounded integer lattice

Imagine I have unbounded $d$-dimensional integer lattice where I take two vertices, $v_a$ and $v_b$, separated by a fixed Manhattan distance $L$, and I release a random walker at $v_a$ and allow for ...
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Probability that a “closable” self-avoiding random walk forms a polygon

Consider a self-avoiding random walk on an infinite graph (for concreteness, the grid of 2-dimensional lattice points $\mathbb{Z}^2$), in which on each step, the next position is chosen uniformly at ...
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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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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 discrete random walk that avoids previously visited vertices for an exponentially distributed time interval

Imagine a discrete random walk on an infinite one-dimensional lattice where, for every unit interval of time, $(t_1, t_2, ...)$, the walker takes a step with uniform probability to its left or right. ...
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The probability a self-avoiding random walk (SAW) on a rectangular or hexagonal lattice takes more than $N$ steps before trapping itself

What is the probability that a self-avoiding random walk (SAW) on a rectangular or hexagonal lattice is able to take more than $N$ steps, i.e. able to take more than $N$ steps before trapping itself ...
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hitting time of a subset

Suppose you have the simple random walk on $L=\mathbb{Z}^n,$ and $A \subset L$ is a subset (in my case, the subset is a union of hyperplanes, so in particular infinite). There is a random variable ...
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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 ...
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MCMC with progressive demollification of delta distributions

Edit: I simplified the example to a canonical case for clarity. Given an integral $\int_{\Omega}{g(\mathbf{x})}$ with a well-posed integrand $g(\mathbf{x})$ defined on some multidimensional space ...
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Simple random walk on the 3-1 tree is recurrent

Hello guys, There is an infinite tree structure named "the 3-1 tree", denoted by $T_{3-1}$. The tree is constructed as follows: The origin vertex (which can be referred to as the zeroth level) has ...
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Where does directed random walk hit the boundary of a region?

I have a problem that I more or less know the answer to (in an ad hoc way), but would really like to see it done in a systematic way. In spite of this, I will pose the question in quite a concrete ...
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Probability of a Random Walk crossing an increasing function of the standard deviation

Let $(S_n)_{n=0}^{\infty}$ be a random walk with $S_n = \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$, and let the $X_i$ be distributed according to some (bounded) distribution function $F$ with mean $0$ and variance $1$, so ...
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A random walk with uniformly distributed steps II

The problem is a improved version of this problem, A random walk with uniformly distributed steps Let us imagine a point on the real axis. At the beginning, it is located at point $O$. Then it will ...
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Transience of self avoiding random walks on $\mathbb{Z}^d$

I'm finishing up a masters thesis in computer science and want to say a bit in the introduction about self-avoiding walks. My thesis looks at a random process which arose in computer science and my ...
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Limit of a rescaled random sum of i.i.d. random variables

Consider a sequence of i.i.d. random variables $(X_i)_{i \in \mathbb N}$ and let $S_n=X_1+\dots+X_n$ For every $\alpha \in ]0,+\infty[$, let $N(\alpha)$ be a discrete random variable on $\mathbb N$, ...
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A random walk with uniformly distributed steps

The following problem has bothered me for a long time. Let us imagine a point on the real axis. At the beginning, it is located at point $O$. Then it will "walk" on the real axis randomly in the ...
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$n$-th return of a random walk on $\Bbb Z^d$

Lets define $f_n = P(X_n =0 , X_k \ne 0, k< n)$ the first return distribution of the random walk $X_n$ on $\mathbb{Z}^d$, and lets go ahead and assume that $f_n \approx n^{-(1+\alpha)}$ for some ...