Transient Boundary Theory

  • John G. Kemeny
  • J. Laurie Snell
  • Anthony W. Knapp
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 40)


For purposes of motivation it is convenient to think of the state space of a Markov chain P with only transient states as being similar to the open unit disk of two-dimensional Euclidean space. In two-space the boundary of the disk—namely the circle S1—has the property that there is a one-one correspondence between the non-negative harmonic functions \(h(r{e^{i\theta }})\) in the disk and the non-negative Borel measures µ h on the circle.


Markov Chain Transition Matrix Regular Function Extended Chain Harmonic Measure 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Kemeny
    • 1
  • J. Laurie Snell
    • 2
  • Anthony W. Knapp
    • 3
  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverGermany
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsDartmouth CollegeHanoverGermany
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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