Markov Chain Hitting Times

  • David Aldous
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 77)


In the context of Markov chains, the fundamental use of the heuristic is to estimate the distribution of the first hitting time to a rarely-visited state or set of states. Such problems arise in several areas of applied probability, e.g., queueing theory and reliability, as well as pure theory. The heuristic is useful in the case where the stationary distribution is known explicitly but transient calculations are difficult.


Random Walk Stationary Distribution Queue Length Sojourn Time Simple Random Walk 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Aldous
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  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of California-BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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