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A use of complex probabilities in the theory of stochastic processes

  • D. R. Cox (a1)

The exponential distribution is very important in the theory of stochastic processes with discrete states in continuous time. A. K. Erlang suggested a method of extending to other distributions methods that apply in the first instance only to exponential distributions. His idea is generalized to cover all distributions with rational Laplace transforms; this involves the formal use of complex transition probabilities. Properties of the method are considered.

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Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • ISSN: 0305-0041
  • EISSN: 1469-8064
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