Hello!

I am studying the Absorbing Markov Chain theory, and I have a question about how to interpret the fundamental matrix (N). It is defined as the average number of times transient state j is encountered in the transition from transient state i to an absorbing state, but many times the values of N are not integer numbers. So, how should I interpret a N values of 0.2 or 1.8 for example? Should I just round it to the nearest integer? I have read many examples but in non of them this fraction number are explained.

Thanks for your help