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Markov, chains, mathematics, branching, processes


Applied Mathematics | Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


A.A. Markov was an assistant professor at the University of St. Petersburg in 1880. When Chebyshev retired, Markov replaced him in his course on probability theory. His main desire was to present material in a rather rigorous manner while laying down solid foundations of information for his students. His methods were always very thorough because he wanted even the beginning mathematician to understand. This is also the intention for our study of Markov processes, to present material in a comprehensible manner. We will first look at Markov chains and Markov processes, and then extend the information to branching processes. Each of these topics are converted into simple methods for making calculations and predictions, which are as useful as they are interesting.

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