Abstract This note examines the accuracy of methods that approximate AR(1) processes with discrete Markov chains. Tauchen and Hussey's [Tauchen, G., Hussey, R., 1991. Quadrature-based methods for obtaining approximate solutions to nonlinear asset pricing models. Econometrica 59, 371–396] method has problems under high autocorrelation. I suggest an alternative weighting function, and note that Tauchen's [Tauchen, G., 1986. Finite state Markov-chain approximations to univariate and vector autoregressions. Economics Letters 20, 177–181] method is relatively robust.