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Let a reversible Markov process $m_{t+1}=m_t P$, where $t$ is time that has a stationary distribution $\pi$. I saw in a paper that the dual system was defined as $x_{t+1}=P x_t$. Can anyone give me some directions in order to understand how this is derived?

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That looks like the definition of "dual system". Derived from what? –  JɛffE Feb 22 '12 at 23:34
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Let $y_t = x_t^T$. Then, $y_{t+1} = y_t P^T$. Thus, $y$ (and therefore $x$) corresponds to the original Markov Chain run backward in time. Hope this gives some motivation towards the concept of dual chains.

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