Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2017/Question A 20
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Question A 20 

Suppose was the transition matrix for a random walk with 8 states that had been entered into MATLAB. What commands would you use to compute the probability that if the system started in state 1, it would be in state 7 after 13 time steps? 
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Recall the definition of the transition matrix . 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let be the intial step (at stage ). After steps, we have Then the th entry shows the probablity that it is in state . The MATLAB script we should use should look something like I0 = zeros(8,1); I0(1) = 1; I13 = P^(13)*I0; I13(7) 
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