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Self-adjusting random walk

Let $X_t$ be a random process such that \begin{eqnarray} X_1 &=& 0\\ X_t &=& X_{t-1} + \left\{\begin{array}{ll} A_t, & X_{t-1} \geq 0\\ B_t, & X_{t-1} < 0 ...
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The necessary sufficient condition for recurrence of a Markovian random walk

Suppose $\sigma_{1},\sigma_{2},...$are i.i.d random variables.$S_{0}=0$. Define $S_{n}=S_{0}+\sum_{i=1}^{n}\sigma_{i}$, then ${S_{n}}$ is a Markovian random walk. I want to figure out the necessary ...
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Liouville property - a very basic question

Let $\mathbb{F}_2$ be the free group on two generators. By a result of Kaimanovich and Vershik, for each measure $\mu$ on $\mathbb{F}_2$ such that the support of $\mu$ generates $\mathbb{F}_2$, we ...
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Question about martin boundaries of random walks induced on transient subgroups

Suppose $\Gamma$ is a discrete, finitely generated, non-amenable group, and consider a random walk given by a measure $\mu$. Assume the measure is symmetric, finitely generated, and the support of ...
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Decay to stationarity in a random walk on the hypercube

Let $\mu$ be a probability distribution on $\mathbb F_2^n$. Consider the random walk $X_0,X_1,\ldots$ defined by $$\begin{aligned} X_0 &= 0\\X_{i+1}&=X_i + Z,\end{aligned}$$ where $Z\sim \mu$ ...
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Most visited vertex in a random walk with place dependent drift

Consider the following Markov chain on $\mathbb{Z}$: $$ P(x,x+1)=1-P(x,x-1)=\frac{1}{2}+e^{-|x|}\cdot \mathbf{1}_{\{x\neq 0\}} $$ Do there exist constants $c,C>0$ such that $$ c\cdot P^t(z,z) ...
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Choose uniformly from fixed-length paths in $[0,n]\cap\mathbb{Z}$ with fixed start and end

Let $X_k$ be a symmetric (discrete time) random walk on $\mathbb{Z}$ and let $m,n\in\mathbb{N}$. I want to chose uniformly from the paths of $X_k$, which start at $0$ stay in $[0,n]\cap\mathbb{Z}$ ...
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Large-$t$ expected distance from origin in non-trapping, self-avoiding random walks

Consider two variants on Self-(vertex-)Avoiding Random Walks on $\Bbb{Z}^2$: (A) "Legal" steps consist of any step not ending on a vertex previously visited, and the probabilities of each of the 1, ...
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Expected visits to the origin by a symmetric random walk on the integers

Consider the first $2n$ steps of a simple random walk on the integers, starting at the origin. A simple binomial argument shows that regardless of $n$, the origin gets visited the most (in ...
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Robustly recurrent random walk

Is there a probability measure $\mu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$ such that, for every $0 < \alpha \leq 1$ and every finitely supported (¹) probability measure $\nu$ on $\mathbb{Z}$, it holds that the $\alpha ...
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Expected number of forward jumps to reach a given quantile of a rv [closed]

I'm a noob in randomized algorithm and ran into a problem(definitely not home work. I'm doing a self study out of my interest with help of my friends. I'm pursuing research career in a machine ...
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Random Walk 2D with dependent weights [closed]

I have spent a lot of time trying to solve this problem but have had no luck so far! Any help would be highly appreciated! Suppose I have a 3x3 grid as shown below. (3,1) (3,2) (3,3) (2,1) (2,2) ...
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Unidirectional continuous path discrete time random walk

Is there any material available to study on unidirectional continuous path discrete time random walk on a line interval. To say "unidirectional continuous path discrete time random walk on a line ...
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How many times does a simple symmetric random walk of length n return to the origin?

Consider the simple symmetric random walk on the integers starting from the origin of length $n$. More precisely, I will denote an $n$ step random walk $w$ as $$ w:= \omega_0 \omega_1 \ldots ...
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Transition probabilities for the symmetric random walk on the integers

I found that most references for the symmetric random walk on the integers are for the discrete time case, i.e. the ones that gives us explicit transition probabilities. Now, I am looking at a random ...
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Weak convergence of process

Background: I am trying to compute the weak limit of the following model from mathematical biology that is supposed to exist: Let $$L(f)(\eta)= \sum_{x \in \mathbb{Z}}\frac{1}{2}\left(1_{\eta(x+1) ...
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Mixing time of lazy random walk on the directed cycle $C_n$

Briefly: A hint (if this is easy), reference or derivation would be of great help. The question Let $C_n$ be the directed cycle with loops in each of its $n$ vertices, and consider the random walk ...
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Shortest distance on a combinatorial chess board

Consider a random $n\times n$ combinatorial $0/1$ square matrix over field $\Bbb F$ of rank $r$ with every row distinct and every column distinct as a chess board. Definition of combinatorial ...
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Resources to study self-avoiding walks

What would the best resources be for someone who wants to study self-avoiding walks from a mathematical standpoint? I'm talking about seminal/important papers, good textbooks perhaps, things of that ...
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Does walk on $Z^d$ with steps $(\pm 1,\pm1,\ldots,\pm 1)$ return to origin?

If the steps are iid uniform as in the title, is the return probability known? Is it positive? Answers, comments, references welcome. Clearly each of these steps is not equivalent to $d$ steps of type ...
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Adaptive version of the Azuma–Hoeffding inequality

The Azuma inequality states that if we have a martingale $X_1,\ldots,X_N$ that satisfies a bounded difference condition: $$|X_k - X_{k-1}| \leq c_k$$ Then: $$\Pr\left[X_N - X_0 \geq \sqrt{2\sum_kc_k^2 ...
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Order of magnitude of the hitting time of a random walk

Consider the random walk on $\mathbb R$ with $X_0 = a >0$ and $$X_{n+1} = X_n + U_n,$$ where $U_0, U_1, U_2,\ldots $ is an i.i.d. sequence of uniform random numbers in $[-1,1]$. How does the ...
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Random walk with continuously distributed steps on [-1,1]

A simple random walk $S_n = X_1 +\cdots +X_n$, where $P(X_i = 1) = p \not = 0.5$ and $P(X_i=-1)= q \triangleq 1-p$, admits the following probability $$P(S_n \textrm{ reaches } a \textrm{ before} -b) ...
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What is the influence of unreliable comparisons on the results of sorting

Considering sorting algorithms based solely on binary comparisons of the elements to be sorted(algorithms such as insertion sort, selection sort, quicksort, and so on), what problems do we face when ...
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Bound that random walk stays within with constant probability?

For one-dimensional random walk, it is well-known that if the walk goes for $n$ steps, with constant probability it ends within $\pm\sqrt{n}$. What is the bound, in terms of $n$, such that if the ...
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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 ...
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Position likelihood in a 2D graph [closed]

I am looking for general principles or specific answers to this generic example. Assume a 2d grid with no boundaries and a roving dot (ant/drunk guy/particle) that is initially located at some ...
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Distribution of $\max_{n \ge 0} S_n$, random walk

Say we have a random walk that is a nearest neighbor random walk on the integers where at each step the probability of moving one step to the right is $p$ and the probability of moving one step to the ...
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Recurrence of Poisson binomial distributed random walk

Let $X_n$ be the outcome of a Bernoulli trial where the probability of getting 1 is $p_n$ and the probability of getting 0 is $1-p_n$, and let $S_n = \sum_{i=1}^n \left(X_i - \textrm{E} X_i \right)$. ...
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Discrete random walk with uniformly distributed transition p, set initially

I've been working on a discrete version of the "unreliable friend" distribution. It would seem that what I've come up with is equivalent to the following random walk: Choose $p$ from $U(0,1)$ Start ...
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Maximum difference between heads and tails in absolute value

I toss a fair coin $n$ times. Some notation: $S_i=$ difference between #heads and #number of tails after the first $i$ tosses, $1\leq i\leq n$. $M_n=\max(S_1,S_2,\dots,S_n)$, ...
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A deterministic and explicitly described walk which is like random ones

Consider a sequence $(X_i)_{i = 1}^{\infty}$ which every $X_i$ is $-1$, $0$ or $+1$ and lets define $Y_n = X_1+ \cdots + X_n$. We say the sequence $(X_i)_{i = 1}^{\infty}$ a Good Sequence if $Y_n \neq ...
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Lattice random walk under gravity

Suppose a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ takes a step left or right with probability $\frac{1}{4}$, but up with probability $\frac{1}{2} p$ and down with probability $\frac{1}{2} (1-p)$, where $p \in ...
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Is the family of probabilities generated by a random walk on a finitely generated amenable group asymptotically invariant?

Is the family of probabilities $\mu^n$ (convolution) generated by a random walk $\mu$ on a finitely generated amenable group $G$ asymptotically invariant ($\|g\mu^n-\mu\|_{L^1}\to 0$ for any $g\in ...
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Gradient of Probability Distribution

Given a random walk on a lattice $L$ (not necessarily centered - we allow $E[X_i] \neq 0$ for the i.i.d. increments $X_i$), let $p_t(x)$ denote the probability measure of state $x \in L$ after $t$ ...
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Uniform sub-linearity of sub-additive functions on groups

Suppose $G$ is a finitely generated group and suppose $f: G \to \mathbb{R}$ is subadditive function, that is: $f(g_1\circ g_2) \leq f(g_1) + f(g_2)$. One example of such $f$ is the word length in some ...
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More precise statement about lower bounds on the cover time of general graphs

Uriel Feige has shown in 1995 in his paper "A Tight Lower Bound on the Cover Time for Random Walks on Graphs", the following result: For any graph $G$ on $n$ vertices, and any starting vertex $u$ ...
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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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probabilistic interpretation of a finite difference scheme

Let me start with some simple background. Consider the heat equation : $ \frac{\partial p}{ \partial t} = \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2 p}{\partial y^2} \quad \mbox{in} \quad \mathbb{R}\times ...
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Arc Sine law for Random Walk conditioned to non-absorption or not?

Let $S_n$ be simple symmetric Random walk on the integers in $[-N,N]$ with states $N$ and $-N$ absorbing. Let $\tau$ be the time to absorption when $S_0 = 0$. Is the $E(S^{2}_{n}| \tau \geq n)$ ...
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Scaling of First-passage times for Random Walk on integer lattices

Consider simple symmetric random walk $S_{n} = (S_{n}^{(1)},\dots, S_{n}^{(d)})$ on the d-dimensional integer lattice with starting point the origin. Let $\tau_{N}$ be the first time $S_{n}$ exits ...
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Random walk on a sphere along latitude-longitude grid

Suppose a sphere is partitioned by a latitude-longitude grid, with grid quadrilaterals $\Delta \times \Delta$. All grid nodes have degree $4$, while the North & South poles have degree $2 \pi / ...
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Horizontal vs Vertical sides Exit from a Rectangle for simple symmetric Random Walk on $\textbf{Z}^{2}$

Consider simple symmetric random walk, $X_{n} = (X_{n}^{(1)}, X_{n}^{(2)})$ with $X_0= (0,0)$, on the 2 dimensional integer lattice, $\textbf{Z}^{2}$. Let $T_{M}, T_{N}$ be the smallest $n$ such ...
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First collision time of $n$ random walkers on a cycle

My question is somehow related to the one here First Collision Time for k Random Walkers on a Torus but, unfortunately, the answer does not cover my concern. My problem is: consider $n$ walkers on ...
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General ballot theorem

I am looking for a version of the Ballot Theorem for general step distributions. Specifically, let $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ be i.i.d. real random variables with some distribution. Let $S_n = S_1 + \cdots + ...
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A variant of random walk

Standard random walk assumes a sequence of iid RVs $\{X_i\}_{i\geq 0}$ and studied the distribution of $S_n=\sum_{i=0}^n X_i$. Here, I am wondering whether there is some work on $T_n=\sum_{i=0}^n ...
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Self-avoiding random walks that always turn

I am wondering if the statistics of self-avoiding random lattice-walks on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ that turn left or right at each step (i.e., they cannot continue the direction of the preceding step) have been ...
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Hitting probabilities for conditioned oriented random walk monotonic?

Consider an oriented random walk on $\mathbb Z^2$ (i.e. only steps $\rightarrow$ and $\uparrow$ with equal probability.) Say we let the walk go $2m$ steps then start guessing sites at distance $2m$ ...
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Tail sigma-algebra of a branching random walk

I am looking for any known results about the tail sigma-algebra of a branching random walk. To be specific, let $T$ be the nodes of an infinite binary tree rooted at $r \in T$. Let $\{X_t\})_{t \in ...
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Time for Langton's ant to cover a “square” torus

Langton's ant is a cellular automaton running as follows: Squares on a plane are colored variously either black or white. We arbitrarily identify one square as the "ant". The ant can travel ...