# The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?

• Sep 21st 2012, 01:40 AM
mathlearn
The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
Is it TRUE or FALSE - The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1
• Sep 21st 2012, 05:21 AM
chiro
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
Hey mathlearn.

Consider this intuitively: once you get to an absorbing state, you never leave since the probability of going anywhere else once you get there is 0 (since the probability of staying there is 1).
• Sep 21st 2012, 05:58 AM
mathlearn
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
yea, that I know - once we reach an absorbing state, we stay there and don't move..

sorry I am just little confused by the words in the question statement - so this logic makes the above question statement true or false ? true, right ?
• Sep 21st 2012, 06:06 AM
HallsofIvy
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
Do you not understand what "transitioning out" means?
• Sep 21st 2012, 06:22 AM
mathlearn
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
yes, you understood my problem correctly, that's what making me confuse in the question statement what what exactly transitioning out means in this contex ? Cud you please explain and help me ?
• Sep 21st 2012, 07:52 AM
mathlearn
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
anyone ?
• Sep 21st 2012, 08:41 AM
harish21
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
Quote:

Originally Posted by mathlearn
anyone ?

The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1
is similar to saying that the probability of coming back to life after death is 1. What do you think?
• Sep 21st 2012, 08:48 AM
mathlearn
Re: The probability of transitioning out of an absorbing state is 1 ?
oh haha...thanks for this example...i get it now...and yea this proves the question statement FALSE.