IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Efficiency of finite state space Monte Carlo Markov chains


  • Mira, Antonietta


The class of finite state space Markov chains, stationary with respect to a common pre-specified distribution, is considered. An easy-to-check partial ordering is defined on this class. The ordering provides a sufficient condition for the dominating Markov chain to be more efficient. Efficiency is measured by the asymptotic variance of the estimator of the integral of a specific function with respect to the stationary distribution of the chains. A class of transformations that, when applied to a transition matrix, preserves its stationary distribution and improves its efficiency is defined and studied.

Suggested Citation

  • Mira, Antonietta, 2001. "Efficiency of finite state space Monte Carlo Markov chains," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 54(4), pages 405-411, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:54:y:2001:i:4:p:405-411

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Hwang, Chii-Ruey & Normand, Raoul & Wu, Sheng-Jhih, 2015. "Variance reduction for diffusions," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 125(9), pages 3522-3540.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:54:y:2001:i:4:p:405-411. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.