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What is random walk? Will anyone explain it to me?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Assuming you mean a random walk on a graph, it means that you first assign probabilities to each node of the graph in question that describe how probable it is to get from one node to another node of the graph and then start at some node of the graph in question and do a random walk with probabilities defined as stated. Wikipedia should really give you a good idea of what random walks are.

They are connected to Markov chain, which are very useful for certain types of probability questions.

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And what are Random Walk Algorithms?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markov_chain_Monte_Carlo#section_1

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Agnishom;

The most well known of the random walks is the gambler's ruin problem.

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It is being said that if a person takes n steps of length 1 each,

then he will be displaced by sqrt(n)**BUT WHY**

It could also be possible that there wasn't any displacement at all

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi Agnishom

I think that is only an estimate. The largest probability for theending point hasthe point which is sqrt(n) away fromthe starting point.

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