(Received November 20, 1995; revised February 19, 1997)
Abstract. In this paper we derive an explicit formula for the expected value of the first time a Z+-valued AR(1) process exceeds a given level. Using martingale theory we obtain a generalized Wald's equation that holds under a simple integrability condition. As an application, we give an asymptotic formula for the expected value of the first exit time of the AR(1) process with a thinned Poisson innovation.
Key words and phrases: Autoregressive, innovation sequence, martingale, first entry time, Poisson distribution.
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