We obtain universal estimates on the convergence to equilibrium and the times of coupling for continuous time irreducible reversible finite-state Markov chains, both in the total variation and in the L2 norms. The estimates in total variation norm are obtained using a novel identity relating the convergence to equilibrium of a reversible Markov chain to the increase in the entropy of its one-dimensional distributions. In addition, for chains reversible with respect to the uniform measure, we show how the global convergence to equilibrium can be controlled using the entropy accumulated by the chain.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistics and Probability
- Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
- Convergence to equilibrium
- Reversible Markov chains
- Time of coupling