|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||MAT/06|
The course presents the theory of Markov chains, both at discrete and continuous time, with particular attention to Poisson processes and queuing theory. The goal is to provide the student with the ability to model real problems of stochastic evolution in terms of Markov chains (when possible).
We want to introduce Markov chains and other simple stochastic processes in order to model and solve real problems of stochastic evolution.
The goal is to have the student learn the language of Markov chains, so that he will be able to build an accurate model starting from real problems of stochastic evolutions taking values in a finite or countable set (the set of states).
At the end of the course the student will have to:
- know the general theory of Markov chains, both at discrete and continuous time, - classify the states and determine the invariant laws with respect to the evolutions of the system, - suitably model real situations of the queueing theory in the language of Markov chains, and be able to study the efficacy of the model.
The basic topics on Topology, Probability.
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Teaching is done the traditional way, with lectures held at the blackboard. Expect 2 theory classes per week (4 hours) and 1 of exercises (2 hours).
At the end of the course there will be a guided full-text exercise so as to give students the opportunity to understand their degree of readiness and to clarify together possible doubts.
Attendance is not mandatory but strongly recommended.
Discrete time Markov chains. Definition. Classification of states. Transience and recurrence criteria. Probability of absorbtion in recurrence classes. Invariant laws. Limit Theorems. Convergence to equilibrium. Applications: random walks.
Contnuous time Markov chains. Hitting time. Chapman-Kolmogorov equations. Invariant laws. Jumps chain. Born and death chains. Poisson processes.
P. Baldi, Calcolo delle Probabilità e Statistica Matematica
W. Feller, An introduction to Probability Theory and its Applications
S. Karlin, H.M. Taylor, A First Course in Stochastic Processes.
S. Karlin, H.M. Taylor, A Second Course in Stochastic Processes.
S.M. Ross, Introduction to Probability Models.
G. Grimmett, D. Stirzaker, (2001). Probability and Random Processes.
J.R. Norris. Markov Chains.
P. Brémaud. Markov Chains: Gibbs Fields, Montecarlo Simulation, and Queues.
Office hours: By appointment by email.
VERONICA UMANITA' (President)
ERNESTO DE VITO (President Substitute)
The class will start according to the academic calendar.
Written test + oral test.
To participate in the written test you must register on the UNIGE site.
The written exam is only passed by scoring greater than or equal to 18 marks out of 30. The oral examination can be taken immediately after the written test or even in subsequent exam sessions during the academic year in progress.
The written test consists of 2 exercises, one on the discrete part and the other one on the continuous part.
The duration of the test is 3 hours and access to the course notes (including exercises done in the classroom) and handouts is allowed.
The oral test will consist of exposition of theoretical arguments, proofs and exercises. Students in the master's degree in mathematics will also be asked for a proof (of the teacher's choice) from among those not given in class.
Students with DSA certification ("specific learning disabilities"), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that, in compliance with the teaching objectives, take account of individual learning arrangements and provide appropriate compensatory tools.
The oral examination is aimed at assessing the general understanding of the course topics and it is required that the student knows how to properly expose the concepts seen in the course, to show the main results and to solve the exercises.