Markov Processes

Markov Processes

An Introduction for Physical Scientists

1st Edition - October 8, 1991

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  • Author: Daniel Gillespie
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122839559
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918372

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Description

Markov process theory is basically an extension of ordinary calculus to accommodate functions whos time evolutions are not entirely deterministic. It is a subject that is becoming increasingly important for many fields of science. This book develops the single-variable theory of both continuous and jump Markov processes in a way that should appeal especially to physicists and chemists at the senior and graduate level.

Key Features

  • A self-contained, prgamatic exposition of the needed elements of random variable theory
  • Logically integrated derviations of the Chapman-Kolmogorov equation, the Kramers-Moyal equations, the Fokker-Planck equations, the Langevin equation, the master equations, and the moment equations
  • Detailed exposition of Monte Carlo simulation methods, with plots of many numerical examples
  • Clear treatments of first passages, first exits, and stable state fluctuations and transitions
  • Carefully drawn applications to Brownian motion, molecular diffusion, and chemical kinetics

Readership

Professionals/scientists without training in probability and statistics (using books as a "self-help" guide), senior undergraduate and graduate level students in physics and chemistry and mathematicians specializing in game theory, and finite math

Table of Contents

  • Random Variable Theory. General Features of a Markov Process. Continuous Markov Processes. Jump Markov Processes with Continuum States. Jump Markov Processes with Discrete States. Temporally Homogeneous Birth-Death Markov Processes. Appendixes: Some Useful Integral Identities. Integral Representations of the Delta Functions. An Approximate Solution Procedure for "Open" Moment Evolution Equations. Estimating the Width and Area of a Function Peak. Can the Accuracy of the Continuous Process Simulation Formula Be Improved? Proof of the Birth-Death Stability Theorem. Solution of the Matrix Differential Equation. Bibliography. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: October 8, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122839559
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080918372

About the Author

Daniel Gillespie

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Naval Weapons Center

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