Markov Chains with Stationary Transition Probabilities

  • Kai Lai Chung

Part of the Die Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (volume 104)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Discrete parameter

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  3. Continuous Parameter

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About this book


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.


Markov chain Markov process Markov property Moment Parameter Random Walk Random variable probability probability theory stochastic processes

Authors and affiliations

  • Kai Lai Chung
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  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityUSA

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