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# Problem 16-09 (Algorithmic) The purchase patterns for two brands of toothpaste can be expressed as a...

Problem 16-09 (Algorithmic)

The purchase patterns for two brands of toothpaste can be expressed as a Markov process with the following transition probabilities:

 To From Special B MDA Special B 0.90 0.10 MDA 0.15 0.85
1. Which brand appears to have the most loyal customers?

Special B

Explain.

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2. What are the projected market shares for the two brands? If required, round your answer to three decimal places.

pie1 =

pie 2 =

A) We can see here that P(special B --> Special B) = 0.9 while
P( MDA --> MDA) = 0.85

As P(special B --> Special B) > P( MDA --> MDA)

Therefore Special B customers are more loyal customers here.

b) Let the long term market shares for the two brands Special B and MDA here be X and Y respectively. Then, we have here:
X + Y = 1

From first column, we have here:
X = 0.9X + 0.15Y
0.1X = 0.15Y
X = 1.5Y

Therefore, 2.5Y = 1
Y = 0.4

X = 0.6

Therefore the projected market shares here are given as: