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By D. R. Axelrad

This most recent quantity within the Foundations & Philosophy of technological know-how & know-how sequence presents an account of probabilistic useful research and exhibits its applicability within the formula of the behaviour of discrete media with the inclusion of microstructural results. even supposing quantum mechanics have lengthy been well-known as a stochastic conception, the advent of probabilistic ideas and ideas to classical mechanics has more often than not now not been tried. during this examine the writer takes the view that the numerous box amounts of a discrete medium are random variables or services of such variables. consequently the probabilistic mechanics of discrete media are in accordance with the mathematical concept of chance and the axiomatics of degree conception.

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This conforms with the assumption, that for a large number of observations o f a random variable, the mean o f the observed values would be E(x) or near to the value of this integral. e. for two random variables on the same probability space one has: E(oLx-^ßy) = oiE(x)-{-ßE{y) where a, β are real constants; (ii) if X is a non-negative random variable, then E{x) ^ 0; (iii) if X is bounded, then E(x) exists. It is to be noted, that the expected value o f a discrete random variable, that takes on infinitely distinct values ξ„ with probabilities P „ = ^{χ = ξ„}, η = 1, 2 , .

In particular the latter group commonly referred to as Markov chains are frequently employed in the probabilistic mechanics o f solids and fluids. A comprehensive study o f this group of processes is given by Dynkin [ 4 5 ] , Rosenblatt [ 2 4 ] , Revuz [ 4 7 ] , and others. In this context, considering a stochastic process x(t) assuming that at any time ί e ÍR the transition from one state to another state depends not only on t but also on the random behaviour of a structural element o f the medium, and if at time s the system is in a state i going to a state ; at a later time, the probability depending on the behaviour of the system until time s is designated by Pij.

In certain cases the expectation and variance information about the distribution may not be sufficient and thus higher moments or the expectations of high powers o f a random variable are used. ). : m„(x) = £ { [ x - £ ( x ) ] " } . 82) It is apparent that M , ( x ) = £ ( x ) , m j ( x ) = 0, m^ix) = D^(x). For a bounded random variable all moments exist and the distribution is uniquely determined. 83) one obtains the characteristic function o f the random variable in probability theory. 85) - 00 one can express (L83) also by: ψΑί) = £ { e - ' } .

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