absorbing state


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absorbing state

A term of art for a hypothetical transition state in Markov modelling which, once entered, cannot be left. In models of medical interventions, an absorbing state is normally defined as death.
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38866 or approximately 30 steps for a loan initially in state -3 to leave the transient states for any absorbing state.
ik] be the probability that the process transits from transient state i, i =-3,-2,1,0,1,2,3 to absorbing state k, k=1,2,3,4:
Inactivity has become a much less absorbing state in Denmark, as the probability of staying inactive from one year to another has fallen from 0.
Looking at the transition probabilities from one labour market status to another, however, it appears that inactivity has been an increasingly absorbing state for the entire working-age population, despite a renewed effort to curb the number of social benefits recipients in the Netherlands.
Sources and absorbing states (sinks) are outside of the system; these are shown with a cloud symbol.
The (m - r) x r product matrix NR gives the probability of absorption in each of the absorbing states.
Each row of Exhibit 8 represents the transient states, and each column represents the absorbing states.