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Statistics Seminar (2019-15)

Title: Non-stationary Stochastic Modeling

Speaker: Zeyu Zheng, UC Berkeley

Time: Thursday, June 6, 14:00-15:00

Place: Room 217, Guanghua Building 2


In many stochastic modeling contexts, the system under consideration exhibits strong time-of-day effects, day-of-week effects, or seasonality effects. In fact, most real-world systems that are modeled as Markov processes exhibit such non-stationarities. Nevertheless, the great majority of the academic literature focuses on modeling and theory for Markov processes with stationary transition probabilities, which describe systems that have no such time-of-day effects or seasonality. In this talk, we will describe an analytical approximation approach to handle non-stationary Markov models, anchored on traditional stationary analysis, that are available when the transition probabilities are slowly changing or rapidly changing over the time horizon in question. We will then discuss the use of Monte Carlo simulation to study such non-stationary processes, followed by implications on decision-making under non-stationarities.


Zeyu g is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR) at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering (2018), a Ph.D. minor in Statistics (2018), and an MA in economics (2016), from Stanford University, and a B.S. in mathematics (2012) from Peking University. His has done research in simulation, stochastic modeling, data-oriented decision making, statistical learning, and financial intermediation. One of his research focuses is in understanding the joint effects of certainties and uncertainties in service, logistics, and financial systems operations.

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