Markov chain

or Mar·koff chain

[ mahr-kawf ]
/ ˈmɑr kɔf /

noun Statistics.

a Markov process restricted to discrete random events or to discontinuous time sequences.

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Origin of Markov chain

First recorded in 1940–45; see origin at Markov process
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British Dictionary definitions for Markov chain

Markov chain
/ (ˈmɑːkɒf) /

noun

statistics a sequence of events the probability for each of which is dependent only on the event immediately preceding it

Word Origin for Markov chain

C20: named after Andrei Markov (1856–1922), Russian mathematician
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