During the past three decades, digital transmission networks have become ubiquitous and complex. Many analytical tools and software packages have been created to analyze and evaluate the behavior of these systems. However, these tools often use simplistic models of the system elements’ behavior such as exponential distribution of the intervals between failures, Poisson distribution of packets arriving at a node, and binomial distribution of errors in a block. These models are selected to simplify the analysis, but they often differ from the actual networks sufficiently to make the computed results of doubtful value.


Markov Chain Model Probabilistic Automaton Batch Markov Arrival Process Message Arrival Multidimensional Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Turin
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  1. 1.AT&T Labs—ResearchFlorham ParkNew JerseyUSA

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