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Markov vs. Markov

Divorce by the Numbers



Author:

Christopher Rump
Department of Applied Statistics and Operations Research
Bowling Green State University
cmrump@bgsu.edu

Abstract:

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.

Objectives:
  • Look at statistics with a critical eye and a questioning mind.
  • Build and analyze a model rather than simply follow an algorithmic recipe.
Keywords: Markov chain; Markov model; stochastic process; probability; statistical data; divorce rates; marriage; divorce
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Directed
Language: English
Subject Headings: Statistics   Mathematics  
Date Posted: 01/01/2001
Date Modified: N/A
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