Course syllabus

Markov Processes

FMSF15, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-27

General Information

Elective for: C4, D4, D4-ks, E4, E4-pe, F4, F4-ssr, F4-bm, F4-fm, I4, Pi4, Pi4-bm, Pi4-fm, Pi4-ssr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


Markov chains and processes are a class of models which, apart from a rich mathematical structure, also has applications in many disciplines, such as telecommunications and production (queue and inventory theory), reliability analysis, financial mathematics (e.g., hidden Markov models), automatic control, and image processing (Markov fields).

The aim of this course is to give the student the basic concepts and methods for Poisson processes, discrete Markov chains and processes, and also the ability to apply them. The course presents examples of applications in different fields, in order to facilitate the use of the knowledge in other courses where Markov models appear.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Markov chains: model graphs, Markov property, transition probabilities, persistent and transient states, positive and null persistent states, communication, existence and uniqueness of stationary distribution, and calculation thereof, absorption times.

Poisson process: Law of small numbers, counting processes, event distance, non-homogeneous processes, diluting and super positioning, processes on general spaces.

Markov processes: transition intensities, time dynamic, existence and uniqueness of stationary distribution, and calculation thereof, birth-death processes, absorption times.

Introduction to renewal theory and regenerative processes.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written and oral exam and compulsory computer exercises.

Code: 0111. Name: Examination.
Credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written and oral examination.
Code: 0211. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory work.


Required prior knowledge: A basic course in mathematical statistics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 16.
The course overlaps following course/s: FMS180, MASC03

Reading list

Contact and other information

Director of studies: Studierektor Anna Lindgren,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is also given at the faculty of science with the code MASC03.