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Metropolis-Hastings - interpreting the transition kernel: alpha*proposal

I thought I had great intuition and mathematical understanding of the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, until closer inspection... as I started compiling my notes, I realized I do not understand the ...
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Exact Sampling from Improper Mixtures

Suppose I want to sample from a continuous distribution $p(x)$. If I have an expression of $p$ in the form $$p(x) = \sum_{i=1}^\infty a_i f_i(x)$$ where $a_i \geqslant 0, \sum_i a_i= 1$, and $f_i$ ...