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0 ~ s ~ t }. j1 while PAS= t) = 0 fort> 0. 16) with T = S, t = 1, x = 0 and A= IR+ \ {0}. j 8 ] = 1. The strong Markov property thus fails. j1), (x 1), P J be a Markov family on a state space E. As before, we denote by B(E) the set of all bounded measurable functions f: E --. JR. This is a Banach space under the norm I f II= sup lf(x)l xeE 28 ANALYSIS, PROBABILI TY & STOCHASTI C PROCESSES with the linear space structure (/1 + f 2 )(x) = f 1 (x) + fz(x), etc. For tEIR+ define an operator P1 :B(E)""""*B(E) by Prf(x) = 1Exf(x1).

5. Free reserves process for the insurance model. The absolute ruin time is -r. E = IR. The stopping time ra = inf{t:x1 ~- cjfJ} is the absolute ruin time, and much of the analysis of this model centres around properties of ra: for example, whether eventual ruin is certain, Px[ra < oo] = 1 or otherwise what the dependence of Px[ra < oo] on the initial level of reserves x is. , 1991) This is another application from the world of insurance. e. unable to carry out his or her normal employment) and not being paid by his/her employer.

Then (xr) is a Markov process which evolves as shown in Fig. 3: when 't hits zero, xt jumps to (0, 0) and waits there until the next arrival, at which point it jumps to (1, Y), where Y is the service requirement of the arriving customer. Let A. be the rate of the arrivals process. : ---------- Fig. 3. ______ .... _,~' Markov mode/for the VWT process- Poisson arrivals. b the process jumps to (1, ( + Y- b), where Y has distribution F. Thus +-1JOCJ f(1, ( + y- b)F(dy)b b 0 1 -- f(1,0 + o(1) b and as b ~ 0 this converges to af(1, 0 +A.