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Error bounds for augmented truncation approximations of Markov chains via the perturbation method

  • Yuanyuan Liu (a1) and Wendi Li (a1)


Let P be the transition matrix of a positive recurrent Markov chain on the integers with invariant probability vector πT, and let (n)P̃ be a stochastic matrix, formed by augmenting the entries of the (n + 1) x (n + 1) northwest corner truncation of P arbitrarily, with invariant probability vector (n)πT. We derive computable V-norm bounds on the error between πT and (n)πT in terms of the perturbation method from three different aspects: the Poisson equation, the residual matrix, and the norm ergodicity coefficient, which we prove to be effective by showing that they converge to 0 as n tends to ∞ under suitable conditions. We illustrate our results through several examples. Comparing our error bounds with the ones of Tweedie (1998), we see that our bounds are more applicable and accurate. Moreover, we also consider possible extensions of our results to continuous-time Markov chains.


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Error bounds for augmented truncation approximations of Markov chains via the perturbation method

  • Yuanyuan Liu (a1) and Wendi Li (a1)


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