## Abstract

The Weizmann Institute of Science, Microsoft Research and Microsoft Research We construct a bounded degree graph G, such that a simple random walk on it is transient but the random walk path (i.e., the subgraph of all the edges the random walk has crossed) has only finitely many cutpoints, almost surely.We also prove that the expected number of cutpoints of any transient Markov chain is infinite. This answers two questions of James, Lyons and Peres [A Transient Markov Chain With Finitely Many Cutpoints (2007) Festschrift for David Freedman]. Additionally, we consider a simple random walk on a finite connected graph G that starts at some fixed vertex x and is stopped when it first visits some other fixed vertex y.We provide a lower bound on the expected effective resistance between x and y in the path of the walk, giving a partial answer to a question raised in [Ann. Probab. 35 (2007) 732-738].

Original language | American English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1122-1136 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Journal | Annals of Probability |

Volume | 39 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - May 2011 |

Externally published | Yes |

## Keywords

- Cutpoints
- Graph
- Path
- Random walk