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Periodic DTMCs). 49) This DTMC is periodic with period 2. (b) Consider a DTMC on state space f1; 2; 3g with the transition matrix 2 0 4 P D 0 1 This DTMC is periodic with period 3. 51) This DTMC is periodic with period 2. The usefulness of the concept of irreducibility arises from the following main theorem, whose proof is beyond the scope of this book. 10. (Unique Limiting Distribution). A finite-state irreducible aperiodic DTMC has a unique limiting distribution. 36). 9 this is also the occupancy distribution of the DTMC.

In this section, we study the limiting behavior of Xn as n tends to infinity. We start with the most obvious question: Does the pmf of Xn approach a limit as n tends to infinity? 1 The next question is a natural follow-up: If the limiting distribution exists, is it unique? This question makes sense since it is conceivable that the limit may depend upon the starting state, or the initial distribution of the DTMC. Finally, the question of practical importance is: If there is a unique limiting distribution, how do we compute it?

4 Occupancy Times Let fXn ; n 0g be a time-homogeneous DTMC on state space S D f1; 2; : : : ; N g with transition probability matrix P and initial distribution a D Œa1 ; : : : ; aN . , the expected amount of time the DTMC spends in a given state during a given interval of time. Since the DTMC undergoes one transition per unit time, the occupancy time is the same as the expected number of times it visits a given state in a finite number of transitions. We define this quantity formally below. n/ is called the occupancy time up to n of state j starting from state i .