stationary distribution

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stationary distribution

[′stā·shə‚ner·ē ‚dis·trə′byü·shən]
(physics)
A time-independent distribution of a scalar quantity.
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To derive the stationary probability distribution of the Markov chain {[N.
Rather than looking for stable equilibria as hallmarks of density-dependent regulation in a noisy world, we should instead ask whether population density exhibits a stationary probability distribution (a clear review of this idea is presented in the chapter by Turchin, who also reviews recent tests for density dependence).