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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Thus, by the above reasoning, the expected number of steps required to transition from transient state i, i=-3,-2,-1,0,1,2,3 to an absorbing state k, k=1,2,3,4 is given by E:
38866 or approximately 30 steps for a loan initially in state -3 to leave the transient states for any absorbing state.
Clearly, unemployment has become a much less absorbing state for the whole working-age population, and this is particularly true for the younger age group.
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.
0 is an r x (m - r) zero matrix, because transitions from absorbing states to transient states are not possible.