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Title: A stochastic diffusion process for Lochner's generalized Dirichlet distribution

The method of potential solutions of Fokker-Planck equations is used to develop a transport equation for the joint probability of N stochastic variables with Lochner’s generalized Dirichlet distribution as its asymptotic solution. Individual samples of a discrete ensemble, obtained from the system of stochastic differential equations, equivalent to the Fokker-Planck equation developed here, satisfy a unit-sum constraint at all times and ensure a bounded sample space, similarly to the process developed in for the Dirichlet distribution. Consequently, the generalized Dirichlet diffusion process may be used to represent realizations of a fluctuating ensemble of N variables subject to a conservation principle. Compared to the Dirichlet distribution and process, the additional parameters of the generalized Dirichlet distribution allow a more general class of physical processes to be modeled with a more general covariance matrix.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-2488; JMAPAQ
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Journal Name:
Journal of Mathematical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 54; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-2488
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING Fokker-Planck equation, Stochastic diffusion, Generalized Dirichlet distribution