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February 4th, 2013, 02:18 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2013 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  Markov Chains and absorption probabilites
Could someone please help me with this question? A singlecelled organism contains N particles, some of which are of type A, the others of type B . The cell is said to be in state i where 0<=i<=N if it contains exactly i particles of type A. Daughter cells are formed by cell division, but first each particle replicates itself; the daughter cell inherits N particles chosen at random from the 2i particles of type A and 2N2i of type B in the parent cell. Find the absorption probabilities and expected times to absorption for the case N = 3. I have that the absorbing states are i=0 and i=3 but need help finding the transition matrix P, could anyone work out the transition probabilities when starting in state i=1 and state i=2 and explain how i am to find them please 

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