Markov Processes: An Introduction for Physical Scientists

Other | December 2, 1991

byDaniel T. Gillespie, Daniel T. Gillespie

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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

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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 s...

Format:OtherDimensions:592 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:December 2, 1991Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080918379

ISBN - 13:9780080918372

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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.