Published online by Cambridge University Press: 17 April 2018
New directions in Markov processes and research on master equations are showcased by example. The utility of Magnus expansions for handling time-varying rates is demonstrated. The useful notion in applied mathematics often turns out to be the pseudospectra and not simply the eigenvalues. We highlight that general principle with our own examples of Markov processes where exact eigenvalues are found and contrasted with the large errors produced by standard numerical methods. As a motivating application, isomerisation provides a running example and an illustration of our approaches to chemical kinetics. We also present a brief example of a totally asymmetric exclusion process.
†This research and Shev MacNamara have been partially supported by a David G. Crighton Fellowship to DAMTP, Cambridge.