# Markov chain, periodic

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: *Primary:* 60J10 [MSN][ZBL]

A non-decomposable homogeneous Markov chain $ \xi ( n) $, $ n = 1 , 2 \dots $ in which each state $ i $ has period larger than 1, that is,

$$ d _ {i} = \textrm{gcd}\{ {n } : { {\mathsf P} \{ \xi ( n) = i \mid \xi ( 0) = i \} > 0 } \} > 1 . $$

In a non-decomposable Markov chain (cf. Markov chain, non-decomposable) all states have the same period. If $ d = 1 $, then the Markov chain is called aperiodic.

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Cf. also Markov chain and Markov chain, decomposable for references.

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This article was adapted from an original article by V.P. Chistyakov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article