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Dr. Arthur Rubin
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For Matrix p shown below, determine the long-run behavior of successive state matrices from the inititial state matrix [0.1 0.2 0.7 0]

A B C D
matrix p A 1 0 0 0
B 0 1 0 0
C 0.1 0.2 0.6 0.1
D 0.15 0.15 0.35 0.35
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Homework
Expert:  Dr. Arthur Rubin replied 4 years ago.

Dr. Arthur Rubin :

If you are asking what P^n looks like for large n, the answer is:

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A + B (b^n) + C (c^n), where:

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A = {1 0 0 0 | 0 1 0 0 | 16/45 29/45 0 0 | 19/45 26/45 0 0 }

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and b and c are less than 1

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I can produce exact values in about 6 hours, if you are interested, but this gives the long-run approximation.

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It took less time than I thought

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b = 0.7 (7/10)

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B = {0 0 0 0 | 0 0 0 0 | -10/27 -17/27 7/9 2/9 | -10/27 -17/27 7/9 2/9}

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c = 0.25 (1/4)

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C = { 0 0 0 0 | 0 0 0 0 | 2/135 -2/135 2/9 -2/9 | -7/135 7/135 -7/9 7/9}

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writing x = [0.1 0.2 0.7 0], we get P^n x is

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[0.1 + (16/45)0.7 0.2+(29/45)0.7 0 0] + b^n 0.7 [-10/27 -17/27 7/9 2/9] + c^n 0.7 [2/135 -2/135 2/9 -2/9]