An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling

An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling

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This textbook is intended for one-semester courses in stochastic processes for students familiar with elementaiy probability theory and calculus. The objectives of the book are to introduce students to the standard conr,epts and methods of stochastic modeling, to illustrate the rich diversity of applications of stochastic processes in the applied sciences, and to provide exercises in the application of simple stochastic analysis to realistic problems. This revised edition includes twice the number of exercises as the f irst edition, many of which are applications problems, and several sections have been rewritten for clarity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 997.9g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0126848858
  • 9780126848854

Table of contents

Stochastic Modeling. Probability Review. The Major Discrete Distributions. @rtant Continuous Distributions. Some Elementary Exercises. Useful Functions, Integrals, and Sums. Conditional Probability and Conditional Expectation: The Discrete Case. The Dice Game Craps. Random Sums. Conditioning on a Continuous Random Variable. Markov Chains: Introduction: Definitions. Transition Probability Matrices of a Markov Chain. Some Markov Chain Models. First Step Analysis. Some Special Markov Chains. Functionals of Random Walks and Success Runs. Another Look at First Step Analysis. The Long Run Behavior of Markov Chains: Regular Transition Probability Matrices. Examples. The Classification of States. The Basic Limit Theorem of Markov Chains. Reducible Markov Chains. Sequential Decisions and Markov Chains. Poisson Processes: The Poisson Distribution and the Poisson Processes. The Law of Rare Events. Distributions Associated with the Poisson Process. The Uniform Distribution and Poisson Processes. Spatial Poisson Processes. Compound and Marked Poisson Processes. Continuous Time Markov Chains: Pure Birth Processes. Ptire Death Processes. Birth and Death Processes. The Limiting Behavior of Birth and Death Processes. Birth and Death Processes with Absorbing States. Finite State Continuous Time Markov Chains. Set Valued Processes. Renewal Phenomena: Definition of a Renewal Process and Related Concepts. Some Examples of Renewal Processes. The Poisson Process Viewed as a Renewal Process. The Asymptotic ]3ehavior as Renewal Process.
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