Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series

Understanding Markov Chains

Examples and Applications

Authors: Privault, Nicolas

  • Easily accessible to both mathematics and non-mathematics majors who are taking an introductory course on Stochastic Processes
  • Filled with numerous exercises to test students' understanding of key concepts
  • A gentle introduction to help students ease into later chapters, also suitable for self-study
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About this Textbook

This book provides an undergraduate introduction to discrete and continuous-time Markov chains and their applications. A large focus is placed on the first step analysis technique and its applications to average hitting times and ruin probabilities. Classical topics such as recurrence and transience, stationary and limiting distributions, as well as branching processes, are also covered. Two major examples (gambling processes and random walks) are treated in detail from the beginning, before the general theory itself is presented in the subsequent chapters. 

An introduction to discrete-time martingales and their relation to ruin probabilities and mean exit times is also provided, and the book includes a chapter on spatial Poisson processes with some recent results on moment identities and deviation inequalities for Poisson stochastic integrals. The concepts presented are illustrated by examples and by 72 exercises and their complete solutions.

About the authors

Nicolas Privault is an associate professor from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and is well-established in the field of stochastic processes and a highly respected probabilist. He has authored the book, Stochastic Analysis in Discrete and Continuous Settings: With Normal Martingales, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Springer, 2009 and was a co-editor for the book, Stochastic Analysis with Financial Applications, Progress in Probability, Vol. 65, Springer Basel, 2011. Aside from these two Springer titles, he has authored several others. He is currently teaching the course M27004-Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes at NTU. The manuscript has been developed over the years from his courses on Stochastic Processes.

Reviews

“This textbook provides an elementary introduction to the classical theory of discrete and continuous time Markov chains motivated by gambling problems and covers a variety of primers on different topics … . this text may serve very well for a first undergraduate course on Markov chains for applied mathematicians, but also for students of financial engineering. It is completed by almost a hundred pages of solutions of exercises.” (Michael Högele, zbMATH 1305.60003, 2015)

“The book provides an introduction to discrete and continuous-time Markov chains and their applications. … The explanation is detailed and clear. Often the reader is guided through the less trivial concepts by means of appropriate examples and additional comments, including diagrams and graphs. Also, a big plus is the presence of numerous well-chosen exercises at the end of each chapter, which are discussed in a separate ‘Solutions to the Exercises’ part at the end of the book.” (Michele Zito, Mathematical Reviews, December, 2014)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Markov Chains
Book Subtitle
Examples and Applications
Authors
Series Title
Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-4451-51-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-4451-51-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-4451-50-5
Series ISSN
1615-2085
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 354
Number of Illustrations and Tables
71 b/w illustrations
Topics