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# cts_time_markov_chains - 5 Continuous-time Markov Chains...

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Unformatted text preview: 5. Continuous-time Markov Chains • Many processes one may wish to model occur in continuous time (e.g. disease transmission events, cell phone calls, mechanical component failure times, . . . ). A discrete-time approximation may or may not be adequate. • { X ( t ) , t ≥ } is a continuous-time Markov Chain if it is a stochastic process taking values on a finite or countable set, say , 1 , 2 , . . . , with the Markov property that P £ X ( t + s )= j | X ( s )= i, X ( u )= x ( u ) for 0 ≤ u ≤ s / = P £ X ( t + s )= j | X ( s )= i / . • Here we consider homogeneous chains, meaning P [ X ( t + s )= j | X ( s )= i ] = P [ X ( t )= j | X (0)= i ] 1 • Write { X n , n ≥ } for the sequence of states that { X ( t ) } arrives in, and let S n be the corresponding arrival times. Set X A n = S n- S n- 1 . • The Markov property for { X ( t ) } implies the (discrete-time) Markov property for { X n } , thus { X n } is an embedded Markov chain , with transition matrix P = [ P ij ] . • Similarly, the inter-arrival times ' X A n “ must be conditionally independent given { X n } . Why? • Show that X A n has a memoryless property conditional on X n- 1 , P £ X A n > t + s | X A n > s, X n- 1 = x / = P £ X A n > t | X n- 1 = x / i.e., X A n is conditionally exponentially distributed given X n- 1 . 2 . • We conclude that a continuous-time Markov chain is a special case of a semi-Markov process: Construction 1. { X ( t ) , t ≥ } is a continuous-time homogeneous Markov chain if it can be constructed from an embedded chain { X n } with transition matrix P ij , with the duration of a visit to i having Exponential ( ν i ) distribution. • We assume ≤ ν i < ∞ in order to rule out trivial situations with instantaneous visits. 3 • An alternative to Construction 1 is as follows: Construction 2 When X ( t ) arrives in state i , generate random variables having independent exponential distributions, Y j ∼ Exponential ( q ij ) where q ij = ν i P ij for j = i . Choose the next state to be k = arg min j Y j , and the time until the transition (i.e. the visit time in i ) to be min j Y j ....
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