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Markov process

noun, Statistics.
1.
a process in which future values of a random variable are statistically determined by present events and dependent only on the event immediately preceding.
Also, Markoff process.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; after Russian mathematician Andreĭ Andreevich Markov (1856-1922), who developed it
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