On intrinsic randomness of dynamical systems

S. Goldstein, B. Misra, M. Courbage

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We discuss the problem of nonunitary equivalence, via positivity-preserving similarity transformations, between the unitary groups associated with deterministic dynamical evolution and semigroups associated with stochastic processes. Dynamical systems admitting such nonunitary equivalence with stochastic Markov processes are said to be intrinsically random. In a previous work, it was found that the so-called Bernoulli systems (discrete time) are intrinsically random in this sense. This result is extended here by showing that a more general class of dynamical systems-the so-called K systems and K flows-are intrinsically random. The connection of intrinsic randomness with local instability of motion is briefly discussed. We also show that Markov processes associated through nonunitary equivalence to nonisomorphic K flows are necessarily non-isomorphic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Statistical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 1981

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


  • Dynamical systems
  • H theorem
  • K flows
  • Markov processes
  • instability
  • irreversibility
  • time operator


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