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Markov chains

Code: 45668
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Bojan Basrak - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Zoran Vondraček - Lectures
Lecturers: Ivan Biočić, mag. math. - Exercises
doc. dr. sc. Hrvoje Planinić - Exercises
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Exercises 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
COURSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The goal of the course is to learn fundamental results of the theory of homogeneous Markov chains with discrete time, and apply these results in mathematical modelling of random phenomena.

1. Introduction to Markov chains.
2. Definition and basic properties. Transition matrix. Classes.
3. Hitting times. Probability absorptions.
4. Strong Markov property.
5. Recurrency and transiency. Analysis of random walks.
6. Invariant and stationary distribution. Limiting distribution.
7. Convergence towards equilibrium.
8. Ergodic theorem.
9. Time reversal.
10. Introduction to Markov chains in continuous time.
11. Application of Markov chains. Electric networks.
12. Application of Markov chains in biology.
13. Decision Markov processes.
14. MCMC (Markov chain Monte Carlo).
  1. P. Bremaud: Markov Chains: Gibbs Fields, Monte Carlo Simulation, and Queues
  2. J. R. Norris: Markov Chains
  3. S. I. Resnick: Adventures in Stochastic Processes
1. semester
Mandatory course - Regular study - Mathematical Statistics
Consultations schedule:


Link to the course web page: https://web.math.pmf.unizg.hr/nastava/mala/

Link to the notices web page: https://www.pmf.unizg.hr/math/predmet/marlan_a