Stationary flows and uniqueness of invariant measures

François Baccelli, Panagiotis Takis Konstantopoulos

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We consider a quadruple (O, A, ?, µ), where A is a s-algebra of subsets of O, and ? is a measurable bijection from O into itself that preserves a finite measure µ.For each B ? A, we define and study the measure µB obtained by integrating on B the number of visits to a set of the trajectory of a point of O before returning to B. In particular, we obtain a generalization of Kac's formula and discuss its relation to discrete-time Palm theory. Although classical in appearance, its use in obtaining uniqueness of invariant measures of various stochastic models seems to be new. We apply the concept to countable Markov chains and Harris processes in general state space. © 2010 Brown University.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-228
Number of pages16
JournalQuarterly of Applied Mathematics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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