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A bstract. Iterated random functions are used to draw pictures or simulate large Ising models, among other applications. They offer a method for studying the steady state distribution of a Markov chain, and give useful bounds on rates of convergence in a variety of examples. The present paper surveys the field and presents some new examples. There is a(More)
We describe a sequential importance sampling (SIS) procedure for analyzing two-way zero–one or contingency tables with fixed marginal sums. An essential feature of the new method is that it samples the columns of the table progressively according to certain special distributions. Our method produces Monte Carlo samples that are remarkably close to the(More)
In a famous paper 8] Hammersley investigated the length L n of the longest increasing subsequence of a random n-permutation. Implicit in that paper is a certain one-dimensional continuous-space interacting particle process. By studying a hydrodynamical limit for Hammersley's process we show by fairly \soft" arguments that limn ?1=2 EL n = 2. This is a known(More)
We describe a simple one-person card game, patience sorting. Its analysis leads to a broad circle of ideas linking Young tableaux with the longest increasing subsequence of a random permutation via the Schensted correspondence. A recent highlight of this area is the work of Baik-Deift-Johansson which yields limiting probability laws via hard analysis of(More)