Markov vs. Markov
Divorce by the Numbers
Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research
Bowling Green State University
In this directed case study, students build a Markov chain probability model of marriage and divorce using statistics - the chance of divorcing in a given year and the chance of divorcing eventually - taken from an article on the divorce rates. Developed for an upper-level undergraduate course to introduce probabilistic models in operations research, this case it may also be appropriate for elementary courses in finite mathematics or statistics.
- Look at statistics with a critical eye and a questioning mind.
- Build and analyze a model rather than simply follow an algorithmic recipe.
KeywordsMarkov chain; Markov model; stochastic process; probability; statistical data; divorce rates; marriage; divorce
Educational LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Subject HeadingsStatistics Mathematics
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