Continuous Time Processes

  • Frank A. Haight
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 23)


There is a fundamental difference between the mathematical formulation of a discrete time stochastic process and a continuous time stochastic process. In discrete time, it is necessary to specify only the mechanism for transition from one state to another, and of course the initial state (distribution) of the system. For Markov chains, this consists of the transition matrix and the initial vector. Everything about the chain can, in principle, be deduced from this matrix and vector.


Point Process Renewal Process Sojourn Time Probability Generate Function Counting Distribution 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank A. Haight
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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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