Limiting behavior of the search cost distribution for the move-to-front rule in the stable case


Move-to-front rule is a heuristic updating a list of n items according to requests. Items are required with unknown probabilities (or ppopularities). The induced Markov chain is known to be ergodic [4]. One main problem is the study of the distribution of the search cost defined as the position of the required item. Here we first establish the link between two recent papers [3, 8] that both extend results proved by Kingman [7] on the expected stationary search cost. Combining results contained in these papers, we obtain the limiting behavior for any moments of the stationary seach cost as n tends to infinity.normalized random measure; random discrete distribution; stable subordinator; problem of heaps

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Research Papers in Economics

Last time updated on 06/07/2012

This paper was published in Research Papers in Economics.

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