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Markov Chains with Stationary Transition Probabilities

Markov Chains with Stationary Transition Probabilities
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Dewey Class 519.2
Title Markov Chains with Stationary Transition Probabilities ([EBook]) / by Kai Lai Chung.
Author Chung, Kai Lai , 1917-2009
Other name(s) SpringerLink (Online service)
Publication Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer , 1960.
Physical Details X, 278 pages. : 1 illus. : online resource.
Series Die Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften in Einzeldarstellungen mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Anwendungsgebiete ; 104
ISBN 9783642496868
Summary Note The theory of Markov chains, although a special case of Markov processes, is here developed for its own sake and presented on its own merits. In general, the hypothesis of a denumerable state space, which is the defining hypothesis of what we call a "chain" here, generates more clear-cut questions and demands more precise and definitive an­ swers. For example, the principal limit theorem (§§ 1. 6, II. 10), still the object of research for general Markov processes, is here in its neat final form; and the strong Markov property (§ 11. 9) is here always applicable. While probability theory has advanced far enough that a degree of sophistication is needed even in the limited context of this book, it is still possible here to keep the proportion of definitions to theorems relatively low. . From the standpoint of the general theory of stochastic processes, a continuous parameter Markov chain appears to be the first essentially discontinuous process that has been studied in some detail. It is common that the sample functions of such a chain have discontinuities worse than jumps, and these baser discontinuities play a central role in the theory, of which the mystery remains to be completely unraveled. In this connection the basic concepts of separability and measurability, which are usually applied only at an early stage of the discussion to establish a certain smoothness of the sample functions, are here applied constantly as indispensable tools.:
Contents note I. Discrete Parameter -- § 1. Fundamental definitions -- § 2. Transition probabilities -- § 3. Classification of states -- § 4. Recurrence -- § 5. Criteria and examples -- § 6. The main limit theorem -- § 7. Various complements -- § 8. Repetitive pattern and renewal process -- § 9. Taboo probabilities -- § 10. The generating function -- § 11. The moments of first entrance time distributions -- § 12. A random walk example -- § 13. System theorems -- § 14. Functionals and associated random variables -- § 15. Ergodic theorems -- § 16. Further limit theorems -- § 17. Almost closed and sojourn sets -- II. Continuous Parameter -- § 1. Transition matrix: basic properties -- § 2. Standard transition matrix -- § 3. Differentiability -- § 4. Definitions and measure-theoretic foundations -- § 5. The sets of constancy -- § 6. Continuity properties of sample functions -- § 7. Further specifications of the process -- § 8. Optional random variable -- § 9. Strong Markov property -- § 10. Classification of states -- § 11. Taboo probability functions -- § 12. Ratio limit theorems -- § 13. Discrete approximations -- § 14. Functionals -- § 15. Post-exit process -- § 16. Imbedded renewal process -- § 17. The two systems of differential equations -- § 18. The minimal solution -- § 19. The first infinity -- § 20 Examples -- Addenda.
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Internet Site http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-49686-8
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