a1 Statistical Laboratory Cambridge
The exponential distribution is very important in the theory of stochastic processes with discrete states in continuous time. A. K. Erlang suggested a method of extending to other distributions methods that apply in the first instance only to exponential distributions. His idea is generalized to cover all distributions with rational Laplace transforms; this involves the formal use of complex transition probabilities. Properties of the method are considered.
(Received September 17 1954)