Increasing the frequency of regeneration for Markov processes

Sigrun Andradottir, James M. Calvin, Peter W. Glynn

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We present and compare two ways of applying the regenerative method of simulation output analysis to simulate the steady-state behavior of irreducible discrete time Markov chains having a finite state space. The 'standard' approach involves defining the regenerative cycles based on the times a particular 'return' state is visited. The alternative approach involves using 'splitting' to define the regenerative cycles. We present a way of selecting the splitting distribution that guarantees that the splitting cycles are shorter than the standard cycles, and that the variance estimates produced by the splitting approach are less variable than the variance estimates produced by the standard approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-323
Number of pages4
JournalWinter Simulation Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1994 Winter Simulation Conference - Buena Vista, FL, USA
Duration: Dec 11 1994Dec 14 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Applied Mathematics


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