from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Statistics) a random process in which the probabilities of states in a series depend only on the properties of the immediately preceding state or the next preceeding state, independent of the path by which the preceding state was reached. It is distinguished from a
Markov chainin that the states of a Markov processmay be continuous as well as discrete.
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- noun probability theory A
stochastic processin which the probability distributionof the current state is conditionally independent of the path of past states.
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- noun a simple stochastic process in which the distribution of future states depends only on the present state and not on how it arrived in the present state
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