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Hemstead, Robert Jack (1968) Stationary absolute distributions for chains of infinite order. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/FXKFR517. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:12072015112138031
Abstract
Let {Ƶ_{n}}^{∞}_{n = ∞} be a stochastic process with state space S_{1} = {0, 1, …, D – 1}. Such a process is called a chain of infinite order. The transitions of the chain are described by the functions
Q_{i}(i^{(0)}) = Ƥ(Ƶ_{n} = i  Ƶ_{n  1} = i ^{(0)}_{1}, Ƶ_{n  2} = i ^{(0)}_{2}, …) (i ɛ S_{1}), where i^{(0)} = (i^{(0)}_{1}, i^{(0)}_{2}, …) ranges over infinite sequences from S_{1}. If i^{(n)} = (i^{(n)}_{1}, i^{(n)}_{2}, …) for n = 1, 2,…, then i^{(n)} → i^{(0)} means that for each k, i^{(n)}_{k} = i^{(0)}_{k} for all n sufficiently large.
Given functions Q_{i}(i^{(0)}) such that
(i) 0 ≤ Q_{i}(i^{(0}) ≤ ξ ˂ 1
(ii)D – 1/Ʃ/i = 0 Q_{i}(i^{(0)}) Ξ 1
(iii) Q_{i}(i^{(n)}) → Q_{i}(i^{(0)}) whenever i^{(n)} → i^{(0)},
we prove the existence of a stationary chain of infinite order {Ƶ_{n}} whose transitions are given by
Ƥ (Ƶ_{n} = i  Ƶ_{n  1}, Ƶ_{n  2}, …) = Q_{i}(Ƶ_{n  1}, Ƶ_{n  2}, …)
With probability 1. The method also yields stationary chains {Ƶ_{n}} for which (iii) does not hold but whose transition probabilities are, in a sense, “locally Markovian.” These and similar results extend a paper by T.E. Harris [Pac. J. Math., 5 (1955), 707724].
Included is a new proof of the existence and uniqueness of a stationary absolute distribution for an Nth order Markov chain in which all transitions are possible. This proof allows us to achieve our main results without the use of limit theorem techniques.
Item Type:  Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))  

Subject Keywords:  Mathematics  
Degree Grantor:  California Institute of Technology  
Division:  Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy  
Major Option:  Mathematics  
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Defense Date:  1 April 1968  
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Record Number:  CaltechTHESIS:12072015112138031  
Persistent URL:  https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:12072015112138031  
DOI:  10.7907/FXKFR517  
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