12-22 Mikhail Menshikov and Dimitri Petritis
Explosion, implosion, and moments of passage times for continuous-time Markov chains: a semimartingale approach (421K, pdf) Feb 12, 12
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Abstract. We establish general theorems quantifying the notion of recurrence --- through an estimation of the moments of passage times --- for irreducible continuous-time Markov chains on countably infinite state spaces. Sharp conditions of occurrence of the phenomenon of explosion are also obtained. A new phenomenon of implosion is introduced and sharp conditions for its occurrence are proven. The general results are illustrated by treating models having a difficult behaviour even in discrete time.

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