Indexed on: 01 Aug '01Published on: 01 Aug '01Published in: Journal of Statistical Physics
We present a systematic study of the statistics of the occupation time and related random variables for stochastic processes with independent intervals of time. According to the nature of the distribution of time intervals, the probability density functions of these random variables have very different scalings in time. We analyze successively the cases where this distribution is narrow, where it is broad with index θ<1, and finally where it is broad with index 1<θ<2. The methods introduced in this work provide a basis for the investigation of the statistics of the occupation time of more complex stochastic processes (see joint paper by G. De Smedt, C. Godrèche, and J. M. Luck(26)).