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In probability theory, the matrix geometric method is a method for the analysis of quasi-birth–death processes, continuous-time Markov chain whose transition rate matrices with a repetitive block structure.[1] The method was developed "largely by Marcel F. Neuts and his students starting around 1975."[2]


Method descriptionEdit

The method requires a transition rate matrix with tridiagonal block structure as follows


where each of B00, B01, B10, A0, A1 and A2 are matrices. To compute the stationary distribution π writing π Q = 0 the balance equations are considered for sub-vectors πi


Observe that the relationship


holds where R is the Neut's rate matrix,[3] which can be computed numerically. Using this we write


which can be solve to find π0 and π1 and therefore iteratively all the πi.

Computation of REdit

The matrix R can be computed using cyclic reduction[4] or logarithmic reduction.[5][6]

Matrix analytic methodEdit

The matrix analytic method is a more complicated version of the matrix geometric solution method used to analyse models with block M/G/1 matrices.[7] Such models are harder because no relationship like πi = π1 Ri – 1 used above holds.[8]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Harrison, Peter G.; Patel, Naresh M. (1992). Performance Modelling of Communication Networks and Computer Architectures. Addison-Wesley. pp. 317–322. ISBN 0-201-54419-9.
  2. ^ Asmussen, S. R. (2003). "Random Walks". Applied Probability and Queues. Stochastic Modelling and Applied Probability. 51. pp. 220–243. doi:10.1007/0-387-21525-5_8. ISBN 978-0-387-00211-8.
  3. ^ Ramaswami, V. (1990). "A duality theorem for the matrix paradigms in queueing theory". Communications in Statistics. Stochastic Models. 6: 151–161. doi:10.1080/15326349908807141.
  4. ^ Bini, D.; Meini, B. (1996). "On the Solution of a Nonlinear Matrix Equation Arising in Queueing Problems". SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications. 17 (4): 906. doi:10.1137/S0895479895284804.
  5. ^ Latouche, Guy; Ramaswami, V. (1993). "A Logarithmic Reduction Algorithm for Quasi-Birth-Death Processes". Journal of Applied Probability. Applied Probability Trust. 30 (3): 650–674. JSTOR 3214773.
  6. ^ Pérez, J. F.; Van Houdt, B. (2011). "Quasi-birth-and-death processes with restricted transitions and its applications" (PDF). Performance Evaluation. 68 (2): 126. doi:10.1016/j.peva.2010.04.003.
  7. ^ Alfa, A. S.; Ramaswami, V. (2011). "Matrix Analytic Method: Overview and History". Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. doi:10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0631. ISBN 9780470400531.
  8. ^ Bolch, Gunter; Greiner, Stefan; de Meer, Hermann; Shridharbhai Trivedi, Kishor (2006). Queueing Networks and Markov Chains: Modeling and Performance Evaluation with Computer Science Applications (2 ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 259. ISBN 0471565253.