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Rolling a random walk on a sphere

A ball rolls down an inclined plane, encountering horizontal obstacles, at which it rolls left/right with equal probability. There are regularly spaced staggered gaps that let the ball roll down to ...
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Prime Number Races in 2 Dimensions

Is the mapping $$f: \ \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}[i], \ \ \ n \ \mapsto \sum_{2 < p \leq n \ {\rm prime}} e^{\frac{p-1}{4} \pi i}$$ surjective? In 1999, when I was an undergraduate student, ...
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Random walk inside a random walk inside…

Let $G=(V,E)$ be a graph and consider a random walk on it. Let $G'=(V',E')$ be a subgraph consisting of the vertices and edges that are visited by the random walk. Question 0: Is there a standard ...
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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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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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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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Sweep-segment bot: Will this random walk sweep the plane?

This model is inspired by the random behavior of the Roomba sweeping robot. Let a unit segment $ab$ in the plane be placed initially with $a=(0,0)$ and $b=(1,0)$. The segment is first rotated a ...
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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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Simple Random Walk on a Locally Finite Graph - when is it recurrent?

I'm giving a talk tomorrow about a result in computer science which I recently proved. It's a recurrence-transience result on a random process which is related in spirit to a simple random walk. My ...
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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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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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What is the maximum diameter of $N$ steps of a random walk?

Since probability is quite far away from my daily buisiness, please forgive me if my use of terminology is wrong or the question is too trivial. However, I was not able to find the right keyword to ...
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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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Random walks on Coxeter groups

Let $G_N$ be the group generated by elements $a_1,\ldots,a_N$ subject to the relations $a_i^2=1$ and $(a_ia_j)^3=1$. The growth function of $G_N$ is then ...
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Longest of random worm-like paths in $\mathbb{Z}^2$

Imagine at each lattice point of $\mathbb{Z}^2$ within $[1,3n]^2$, with coordinates $\equiv 2 \mod 3$, we place, with equal probability, one of these six patterns:       The result ...
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How far can a particle travel from its origin if it exhibits self-avoiding Brownian motion in two-dimensions?

Let's say I have a point-like Brownian particle undergoing two-dimensional diffusion on an infinite plane with the caveat is that the particle can never return to a coordinate that it previously ...
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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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Perimeters of random-walk polygons

I have a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ that takes a step with equal probability in the three directions that avoid retracing the previous step. The walk proceeds until it returns to a lattice point ...
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What is the cover time of a random walk on a cube?

I can't quite figure this problem yet. There is an ant at one vertex of a cube. The ant goes from one vertex to another by choosing one of the neighboring vertices uniformly at random. What is the ...
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A random walk on random lines

I am wondering if this random walk remains finite with positive probability. Start with three lines $A,B,C$ that are extensions of an equilateral triangle. Let $p_0$ be one corner. Generate a line ...
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Square filling self avoiding walk

I want to create an algorithm that fills a square grid with a random Hamiltonian path starting at a particular point. See this example. One approach is to try a free direction as a next step, and ...
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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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exactly simulating a random walk from infinity

In diffusion-limited aggregation on the square lattice, one lets a particle do "random walk from infinity" until it hits the current aggregate, at which point the site occupied by the particle is ...
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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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Trapping a particle

A particle starts a brownian walk in the middle of a long tunnel in the plane, at one end of the tunnel is a region Y of given area A. Does the shape of region Y affect average time for the particle ...
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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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Pólya's Random Walk Constants at infinity

Let be the probability that a random walk on a d-D lattice returns to the origin. In 1921, Pólya proved that $p(1)=p(2)=1$ but $p(d)<1$ for $d>2$. ...
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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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When do 3D random walks return to their origin?

The probability of a random walk returning to its origin is 1 in two dimensions (2D) but only 34% in three dimensions: This is Pólya's theorem. I have learned that in 2D the condition of returning to ...
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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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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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Limit shape for fixed-perimeter lattice polygons

Let $P$ be a simple polygon defined by $n$ unit-length segments connecting lattice points of $\mathbb{Z}^2$. I have two operations that preserve the perimeter of $P$. The first is the "pop" of a ...
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Random walk on a Penrose tiling

Pólya proved that a random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^2$ almost surely returns to the origin, or, equivalently, returns to the origin infinitely often. It was subsequently established that in $\mathbb{Z}^3$, ...
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Mixing time of unitary Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be the unitary Brownian motion, i.e. Brownian motion on the unitary group $U(N)$. What is known about the mixing time of $B_t$, that is, how fast does the measure $B_t(\delta_{\{Id\}})$ ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Random walks on graphs: Cover time and blanket time

Winkler and Zuckerman conjectured that the blanket time is within a constant factor of the cover time. The conjecture was recently proved. The cover time $C$ is the expectation of the first time $t$ ...
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Generating function for Random Walk Hitting Time, taking the wrong root

In a calculation of the hitting time for a Bernoulli random walk we have to calculate the hitting time $\tau(1)=\inf\{n\ge 0:S_n=1\}$ to reach $+1$ and the generating function has the recursion ...
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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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Reference requested: Random walk on groups

I am looking for a good reference to learn about random walks on groups (either finite groups or Lie groups). Ideally, I would like a reference for general theory of random walks on groups that is ...
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Random walk in a convex body or convex polytope

Let $\Delta$ be a convex body (i.e. a compact convex subset) or a convex polytope in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $x$ be a point inside $\Delta$ and consider a (uniform) random walk starting at $x$ inside ...
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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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Expectation of first positive value in random walk

Let $p$ be a parameter in $]0,1[$. Let $(X_k)_{k\geq 0}$ be an independent, identically distributed sequence of random variables, such that each $X_k$ takes values only in $\lbrace -1, \frac{1-p}{p} ...
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Complexity of detecting a convex body in $\mathbb{R}^n$?

Let $K_0$ be a bounded convex set in $\mathbb{R}^n$ within which lie two sets $K_1$ and $K_2$. $K_0,K_1,K_2$ have nonempty interior. Assume that, $K_1\cup K_2=K_0$ and $K_1\cap K_2=\emptyset$. The ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...