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On the asymptotic behavior of recurrent and "almost recurrent" events


Lamperti, John (1957) On the asymptotic behavior of recurrent and "almost recurrent" events. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


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In connection with a recurrent event E, random variables of interest include [...], the time since the last occurrence of E, [...], the total time during which E occurs, and [...], the time between occurrences. In this thesis theorems are given concerning the limiting distributions of these and other quantities as n [approaches infinity]. It is shown that the same distributions apply in certain cases where E is not a recurrent event; this suggests the concept of an "almost recurrent event" which is shown to have the same asymptotic behavior as an "associated" recurrent event. These results extend and correlate previous work of Feller, Dynkin, Spitzer, and Darling and Kac. Finally, an occupation time theorem is proved for processes whose states comprise two classes separated by the occurrence of a recurrent event.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
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Defense Date:1 January 1957
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-07142004-143902
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ID Code:2881
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Deposited On:16 Jul 2004
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:55

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