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This isn't quite related to your question, but I think Markov chains made their debut in the original information theory paper by Shannon: http://worrydream.com/refs/Shannon%20-%20A%20Mathematical%20...

It doesn't necessarily matter whether they're still in use. All of these tools are worth learning, so that if a problem ever comes up that can be solved by markov chaining, you'll know it right away.

Same for all the other tools, though. And there are a lot of them.




This isn't quite related to your question, but I think Markov chains made their debut in the original information theory paper by Shannon

What? That paper even says: Stochastic processes of the type described above are known mathematically as discrete Markoff processes and have been extensively studied in the literature; the corresponding footnote says "For a detailed treatment see M. Frechet ... 1938".


Always happy to be wrong, as it means I've learned. Thanks.




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