Mathematics Department - Math 424 - Stochastic Models in Operations Research

Math 424 - Stochastic Models in Operations Research

General Information

Topics: Markov chains: definition, transition probabilities, special Markov chains (random walks, dams and inventories, branching processes), classification of states, limit theorems. Poisson processes: derivations, homogeneous, non-homogeneous processes, spacial and marked Poisson processes. Continuous time Markov chains: the Chapman-Kolmogorev equation, birth and death processes, the case of a finite state space, special cases, limiting behavior. Renewal processes: definition, the renewal function, replacement models, renewal theorems, inspection paradox, applications. Brownian motions: definition, processes with independent increments, the maximum variable and the reflection principle, Brownian bridge, geometric Brownian motion, applications in modern financial theory. Queueing theory: queueing systems, Little's formula, Poisson arrivals and exponential and general service times, the case of an infinite number of servers, priority queues, queueing systems.

Prerequisites: Math 477 (Mathematical Theory of Probability) or Statistics 381 (Theory of Probability).

Schedule Archives

Spring 2018 Schedule

This course is taught each Fall Semester.

New Textbook

Introduction to Probability Models, Sheldon M. Ross, 10th Edition, Academic Press, 2006 (800 pp.); (ISBN: 978-0-12-37486-2 )

There will be a new sample syllabus, similar to the old one, but adjusted to the new text.


Consult the instructor for the syllabus for a given term. The sample syllabus found here is typical. However assignments, grading policy, and content are all governed by the syllabus provided by the instructor.

For Instructors


Previous semesters:

  • Fall 2008. Prof. Jeong
  • Fall 2007: Mine Subasi
  • Fall 2004 (Prof. Prekopa, RUTCOR)

Textbook used through Fall 2008:

Samuel Karlin, Edited by Howard E. Taylor; Title: An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling (third edition); Academic Press, 1998; (ISBN: 0-12-684887-4; ISBN13: 978-0-12-684887-8 )

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