Prediction and smoothing for partially observed Markov chains

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Consider a continuous time Markov chain with stationary transition probabilities. A function of the state is observed. A regular conditional probability distribution for the trajectory of the chain, given observations up to time t, is obtained. This distribution also corresponds to a Markov chain, but the conditional chain has nonstationary transition probabilities. In particular, computation of the conditional distribution of the state at time s is discussed. For s > t, we have prediction (extrapolation), while s < t corresponds to smoothing (interpolation). Equations for the conditional state distribution are given on matrix form and as recursive differential equations with varying s or t. These differential equations are closely related to Kolmogorov's forward and backward equations. Markov chains with one observed and one unobserved component are treated as a special case. In an example, the conditional distribution of the change-point is derived for a Poisson process with a changing intensity, given observations of the Poisson process. © 1975.




Rudemo, M. (1975). Prediction and smoothing for partially observed Markov chains. Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 49(1), 1–23.

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