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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 $n=...
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Finite-index iff positive density?

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group and $S$ a symmetric generating set. Define density (lower density, say) with respect to the sequence of balls $S^n$. Is it true that a subgroup of $G$ has ...
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CTRW: solve a renewal equation

Let X(t) be a continuous time random walk, with exponentially distributed waiting times of pdf $f_T(t)= k e^{-k t}\; t\geq 0$ and a jump sizes pdf $f_J(x)$. Suppose the initial distribution $\rho_{X(0)...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The min of the mean of iid exponential variables

Let $X_1, \ldots, X_n, \ldots$ be iid exponential random variables with mean 1. It is well-known that $\min_{1\le j < \infty} \frac{X_1 + \cdots + X_j}{j}$ follows the uniform distribution U(0,1). ...
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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 in ...
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self-avoidance time of random walk

How many steps on average does a simple random walk in the plane take before it visits a vertex it's visited before? If an exact formula does not exist (as seems likely), then I'm interested in good ...
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Is there a differentiable random walk?

Is there a random walk which is differentiable or smooth? Like brownian motion except smoothed out on small distances. I was wondering if there is a "natural" or "canonical" analogue of brownian ...
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In how many steps a random walk visits all the elements of a finite group, with a probability 1/2?

This question is a variation of the return to the origin problem. Let $G$ be the finite group $\mathbb{Z}/n \times \mathbb{Z}/n$ and let the random transformation $T: G \to G$ such that $T(a,b) = (...
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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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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 $\equiv 2 \bmod 3$, we place, with equal probability, one of these six patterns:       The result ...
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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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Any approximation algorithms for self-avoiding walks?

I've a graph whose edges are weighted by probabilities, perhaps all equal. I would like to compute the overall probability of traveling between vertices x and y in the graph after I delete each edge ...
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Ihara zeta function and closed paths and trails

Let $\Gamma$ be a finite graph. There seem to be two definitions of closed path in the literature. In one, a closed path is just a walk whose starting vertex is the same as the ending vertex. (Let us ...
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Number of walks on integer lattice with self-edge at zero

Consider the graph with vertices $V=\mathbb Z$ and edges $$E=\{(n,n+1):n\in\mathbb Z\}\cup\{(0,0)\},$$ that is, the usual integer lattice with a self-edge at zero. For some fixed parameters $a,b,n\in\...
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Large deviations for maximizer of random walk with drift

Is it easy to write down the large deviations rate for the maximizer of a random walk with negative drift? Let $X_i$ be the (iid, mean $-\mu$, variance $\sigma$, arbitrarily nice tails) jumps of a ...
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Does a random walk on a surface visit uniformly?

Let $S$ be a smooth compact closed surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ of genus $g$. Starting from a point $p$, define a random walk as taking discrete steps in a uniformly random direction, each step ...
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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 $$f_N(t)=\frac{1+2t+2t^2+t^3}{1-Mt-Mt^2+\frac{...
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How often a random walk with irrational increments is close to 0?

Let $\omega$ be an irrational number, and $X$ a random variable taking values $1,-1,\omega,-\omega$ each with probability $1/4$. Let then $X_i$ be iid variables with the same law as $X$ and $S_n=\sum_{...
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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 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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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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Stopping time of two dimensional random walk

Let $U_n=\sum_{i=1}^n X_i,V_n=\sum_{i=1}^n Y_i$, $n\geq 1$, be a two-dimensional random walk with i.i.d. increments $(X_n, Y_n)$, where $X_n, Y_n$ are discrete random variables with joint pmf $P_{X,Y}$...
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How does a quasi-isometry affect Poisson or Martin boundaries?

Take two graphs (of bounded valency) or manifolds (f bounded geometry) $G$ and $G'$. Assume there is a quasi-isometry $f:G \to G'$, and assume the Poisson or Martin boundary of $G$ is known, what may ...
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Gaussian bounds with exponential decay for discrete (graph) Dirichlet heat kernel

Let $\Omega$ be a finite, connected subset of $\mathbb{Z}^n$, $W_t$ a standard random walk on $\mathbb{Z}^n$ started at $x$, and $T_\Omega$ the first time at which $W_t$ leaves $\Omega$; consider $$ P^...
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Random walk with gaussian increments - Probability that it falls below 0

Suppose $\{Z_{i}\}_{i=1,2,\ldots}$ are normally distributed (identically and independent) random variables with mean $\mu>0$ and positive variance $\sigma^{2}$. Suppose we want to calculate the ...
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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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Any chance to get the moments of this exotic distribution?

Let us define the following cumulative distribution: \begin{align} \Pr (Y(t)\geq a)=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{e^{-kt}(kt)^n }{n!}\int_a^\infty[\circledast_{f}\circ H_a ]^n\delta (x) dx \end{align} where ...
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Walk with randomised boosts

The classical random walk can be described as the evolution of the position $X_t$ of a walker for integers $t \geqslant 0$, where $X_0 = 0$ and $X_t = X_{t-1} + V_t$ for $t \geqslant 1$, where the "...
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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 way....
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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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Tracy Widom type results for asymptotic distribution of the $k$-th largest eigenvalue of the sample covariance when $n, p \to \infty$?

Earlier I asked a question: Distribution of the $k$-th largest eigenvalue of in the sample covariance matrix?, but I forgot to mention that I'd like results for asymtotic regime. So, I'm posting here ...
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Exit time estimate for a simple continuous-time random walk

Let $S = (S_t, t \geq 0)$ be a simple one-dimensional continuous-time random walk with total jump rate one, $S_0 = 0$. Denote by $T_k$ the time when $S$ exits the interval $I_k = [-k,k] \cap \...
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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 $E(S^{2}_{n}| \tau \geq n)$ known?...
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Two dimensional brownian motion first passage time

Hello, I am looking for information on how to solve/compute first passage time for two dimensional Brownian motion. any papers, references, books or web links for study will be helpful. thanks ...
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Distribution of the $k$-th largest eigenvalue of in the sample covariance matrix?

Let us assume we've a rectangular data matrix $X=[x_1 \dots x_n] \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times n}$, where the $x_i \in \mathbb{R}^{p \times 1}$ are iid column vectors. I'm not assuming here that the ...
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Probability to cross dynamic boundary for 1D-random walk?

context: Imagine we have an evolving bit sequence (ex: 001011...) where the probability to get 0 or 1 is 1/2. n is the lengh of my sequence (the number of bits) I can make an analogy with random walk: ...