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Time Reversibility of Stationary Regular Finite State Markov Chains

  • McCAUSLAND, William J.

We propose an alternate parameterization of stationary regular finite-state Markov chains, and a decomposition of the parameter into time reversible and time irreversible parts. We demonstrate some useful properties of the decomposition, and propose an index for a certain type of time irreversibility. Two empirical examples illustrate the use of the proposed parameter, decomposition and index. One involves observed states; the other, latent states.

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Paper provided by Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 09-2004.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montec:09-2004
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