The Heuristic

  • David Aldous
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 77)


This chapter amplifies the one paragraph description of the heuristic given in the introduction. We develop a language, slightly abstract and more than slightly vague, in which the examples in subsequent chapters are discussed. The “Commentary” at the end of the chapter gives some perspective, relating the heuristic to more standard topics and techniques in probability theory. We illustrate the heuristic method with one simple example, the M/M/1 queue. To avoid interrupting the flow later, let us first develop notation for this process.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Aldous
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  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of California-BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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