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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019 — 2:30 PM EDT

Title: Kemeny's Constant for Markov Chains

Speaker: Steve Kirkland Affiliation: University of Manitoba Room: MC 5479

Abstract:

Markov chains are a much-studied class of stochastic processes, and it is well-known that if the transition matrix A associated with a Markov chain possesses a certain property (called primitivity), then the long-term behaviour of the Markov chain is described by a particular eigenvector of A, known as the stationary distribution vector.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT

Title: Lewis Carroll and the Red Hot Potato

Speaker: Melanie Dennis Affiliation: Dartmouth College Room: MC 5417

Abstract:

The Lewis Carroll identity expresses the determinant of a matrix in terms of subdeterminants obtained by deleting one row and column or a pair of rows and columns.

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