Markov chain


Definition of Markov chain

  1. :  a usually discrete stochastic process (such as a random walk) in which the probabilities of occurrence of various future states depend only on the present state of the system or on the immediately preceding state and not on the path by which the present state was achieved —called also Markoff chain

Origin and Etymology of markov chain

A. A. Markov †1922 Russian mathematician

First Known Use: 1938

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