## Abstract

Using operator methods, we derive a family of stochastic bounds for the Jackson network. For its transient joint queue-length distribution, we can stochastically bound it above by various networks that decouple into smaller independent Jackson networks. Each bound is determined by a distinct partitioning of the index set for the nodes. Except for the trivial cases, none of these bounds can be extended to a sample path ordering between it and the original network. Finally, we can partially order the bounds themselves whenever one partition of the index set is the refinement of another. These results suggest new types of partial orders for stochastic processes that are not equivalent to sample-path orderings.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 543-549 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Journal of Applied Probability |

Volume | 23 |

Issue number | 2 |

State | Published - Jun 1 1986 |

Externally published | Yes |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Statistics and Probability
- Mathematics(all)
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty