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14 simpliﬁes greatly our study of couplings for general jump processes, since the marginality (MP) of a coupling process is reduced to the rather simpler marginality (MO) of the corresponding operators. The hard but most important part of the theorem is the second assertion, since there are inﬁnitely many coupling operators having no uniﬁed expression. Markovian couplings for diﬀusions We now turn to study the couplings for diﬀusion processes in Rd with secondorder diﬀerential operator d L= d ∂2 ∂ 1 aij (x) + bi (x) .

In some publications, one proves such a result by constructing a coupling measure µ ˜ such that µ ˜{(x, y) : x ≺ y} = 1. Of course, such a proof is lengthy. So we now introduce a very short proof based on the coupling argument. Consider a birth–death process with rate a(k) ≡ 1, bλ (k) = λ µλ (k + 1) = ↑ as λ ↑ . µλ (k) k+1 Denote by P λ (t) the corresponding process. It should be clear that P λ (t) ≺ P λ (t) whenever λ λ [cf. 41 in the 2nd edition)]. Then, by the ergodic theorem, µλ (f ) = lim P λ (t)f t→∞ lim P λ (t)f = µλ (f ) t→∞ for all f ∈ M .

Lindvall (1992), and H. Thorrison (2000) for much more information. The coupling method is now a powerful tool in statistics, called “copulas” (cf. B. Nelssen (1999)). It is also an active research topic in PDE and related ﬁelds, named “optimal transportation” (cf. T. Rachev and L. Ruschendorf (1998), L. Ambrosio et al. (2003), C. Villani (2003)). Y. Wang (1993b) [see also Chen (1994a)], on the estimation of the ﬁrst nontrivial eigenvalue (spectral gap) by couplings. 40. Let L be an operator of a Markov process (Xt )t 0 .