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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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The number of lattice paths below y=n/m x for gcd(m,n) = 1

The motivation of my question is the recent preprent of Armstrong, Rhoades and Williams http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.7286 on rational Catalan combinatorics. An important starting point of this paper is ...
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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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Elephant populations (and Dyck words)

Hello, I'm relatively new to this forum so apologies if I have tagged my question incorrectly. I have been in contact with a wildlife biologist recently concerning counting elephant populations and ...
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On “The Average Height of Planted Plane Trees” by Knuth, de Bruijn and Rice (1972)

I am trying to derive the classic paper in the title only by elementary means (no generating functions, no complex analysis, no Fourier analysis) although with much less precision. In short, I "only" ...
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Combinatorial proof for the number of lattice paths that return to the axis only at times that are a multiple of 4

Consider lattice paths consisting of $2n$ steps, each of which is either $(1,1)$ or $(1,-1)$. The number of such lattice paths that return to the horizontal axis only at times that are a multiple of ...
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Maximum vertical distance for a lattice path when NSEW steps are allowed

Suppose we have a lattice path in 2D starting at the origin, in which north, south, east, and west steps are allowed. For a given path $L$, let $\max(L)$ be the maximum value of the $y$ coordinate ...
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Probability of a Random Walk crossing a straight line

Let $(S_n)\_{n=1}^{\infty}$ be a standard random walk with $S_n = \sum_{i=1}^n X_i$ and $\mathbb{P}(X_i = \pm 1) = \frac{1}{2}$. Let $\alpha \in \mathbb{R}$ be some constant. I would like to know the ...
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Probability of return vs. probability of return in minimal number of steps

Consider a random walk on a connected graph $G=(V,E)$. That is, associate to each neighbouring nodes $a,b\in V\ $ transition probabilities $\mathbb{P}(a\rightarrow b), \mathbb{P}(b\rightarrow a) $ ...
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Random walk on a simple finite network

Consider a graph $\Delta_N = \lgroup (x,y)\in\mathbb{Z}^2| x+y\leq N-1, x\geq 0,\ y\geq 0 \rgroup$ (set of edges is defined in a natural way): see here ). Take a random walker that wonders around ...
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652 views

Random permutations of Z_n

In http://www.springerlink.com/content/y19u81675243r237/fulltext.pdf, the author states the following without proof (equation 3.1): "Consider a random permutation $\pi$ of $\mathbb{Z}_n$. What is the ...
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Self-avoiding Walk with next-nearest neighbors

Background I study polymer physics and am doing experiments testing the model outlined in this paper. Basically, the polymers fall into an integer number of pits, and we create a partition function ...
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Self Avoiding Walk Enumerations

Let $c(n)$ be the number of Self avoiding walks (SAW) of length $n$ on an infinite lattice $L$. Are there any known non-geometric interpretations of $c(n)$?. For example, is there a number theoretic ...
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519 views

Optimally directing switches for a random walk

If you are sometimes called upon directing a random walk in a directed graph, how should you direct it so as to maximize the probability it goes where you want? Formal statement More specifically, ...
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382 views

Monotonic properties of harmonic functions on graphs

I have a question concerning monotonic properties of "generalized harmonic functions" on graphs. I am a physicist and I didn't take any separate courses in neither graph theory nor discrete harmonic ...
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How to characterize a Self-avoiding path.

I cannot find any answer to that apparently simple problem : On a square lattice, a path is given by a sequence of relative moves in {"move forward", "turn right" and "turn left"}. Is there a rule ...