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Integral of Brownian motion is Gaussian?

Let $(W_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion, so that $W_t \sim N(0,t)$. I'm trying to show that the random variable defined by $Z_t = \int_0^t W_s \ ds$ is a Gaussian random variable, but have not ...
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Wiener Process $dB^2=dt$

Why is $dB^2=dt$? Every online source I've come across lists this as an exercise or just states it, but why isn't this ever explicitly proved? I know that $dB=\sqrt{dt}Z$, but I don't know what ...
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Calculate $\mathbb{E}(W_t^k)$ for a Brownian motion $(W_t)_{t \geq0}$ using Itô's Lemma

Show by using Ito's Lemma, for $k \geq 2$ the following result hold. $$E[W(t)^k] = \frac{1}{2} k(k-1)\int_0^t E[W(s)^{k-2}]ds$$ where $W(t) = N(0,t)$ is standard Brownian motion. I think ...
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Joint moments of Brownian motion

My approach to this SE question uses the following joint moments of Brownian motion. For $n=1,2$ they are obvious and well-known, the others are not terribly hard to work out. Is there a reference ...
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Expected value of average of Brownian motion

For a standard one-dimensional Brownian motion $W(t)$, calculate: $$E\bigg[\Big(\frac{1}{T}\int\limits_0^TW_t\, dt\Big)^2\bigg]$$ Note: I am not able to figure out how to approach this problem. All ...
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conditional expectation of brownian motion

Let $(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a standard Brownian motion in $\mathbb{R}^d$. It is intuitive that, for fixed $s<t<u$ $$\mathbb{E}[B_t\mid \sigma(B_s,B_u)]=B_s+\frac{t-s}{u-s}(B_u-B_s).$$ However, I ...
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Showing that Brownian motion is bounded with non-zero probability

How do you show, that for every bound $\epsilon$, there is a non-zero probability that the motion is bounded on a finite interval. i.e. $$\mathbb{P} (\sup_{t\in[0,1]} |B(t)| < \epsilon) > 0$$ I ...
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Quadratic variation of Brownian motion and almost-sure convergence

Say that $W(t)$ is a Brownian motion. The quadratic variation $[W,W](t)$ is defined in terms of a partition $\Pi = \{0 = t_0 < t_1 < \cdots < t_n = t\}$ by $$ \begin{split} [W,W](t) &= ...
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Hermite Polynomials and Brownian motion

I am asked to prove the following : Let $B_t$ be a standard brownian motion. The $n$th Hermite polynomial is $\displaystyle H_n(t,x)=\frac{(−t)^n}{n!} e^{x^2/(2t)} \frac{d^n}{dx^n}e^{-x^2/(2t)}$. ...
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Laplace transform of integrated geometric Brownian motion

Is there any closed form of the Laplace transform of an integrated geometric Brownian motion ? A geometric Brownian motion $X=(X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ satisifies $dX_t = \sigma X_t \, dW_t$ where ...
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First hitting time for a brownian motion with a exponential boundary

Let $B_t$ be the standard Brownian Motion. Is the distribution/density of the first hitting time of $B_t$ for an exponential decaying boundary known? Trying to be more formal, if ...
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Must $n$ independent Wiener processes be simultaneously positive at some time?

Consider $n$ independent one-dimensional Wiener processes $(W_i)_{1\leqslant i\leqslant n}$. Is there with probability $1$ some time $t\in[0,1]$ such that $W_i(t)>0$ for every $1\leqslant ...
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Hölder Continuity of Fractional Brownian Motion

I would like to prove the following theorem: Let $H\in (0,1)$. The fractional Brownian motion $B_H$ admits a version whose sample paths are $a.s.$ Hölder continuous of order strict less than $H$. ...
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proving equalities in stochastic calculus

I am struggling with this question: FIRST PART (almost done, but stuck somewhere): Let $Z $~$ N(0,1)$ be a standard normal random variable, and define a function $F$ by the formula \begin{equation} ...
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Dominated convergence problems with Wald's identity for the Brownian Motion

In the course of proving Wald's second identity $E(B^2_T)=E(T)$, where $(B_t)_{t\geq0}$ is the Brownian motion and $T$ is a stopping time with $E(T)<\infty$, I got stuck with the following problem. ...
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Brownian Motion with Optional Stopping Theorem (OST)

Let $(B_t)_{t \geq 0}$ be a standard Brownian Motion and let $T:=\inf\{t \geq 0: B_t=at-b\}$ for some positive constant $a,b>0$. Calculate $\mathbb{E}[T]$. How do i begin it?
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Applying Ergodic Theorem on fractional Brownian motion

For a fractional Brownian motion $B_H$ consider the sequence for $p>0$ $$Y_{n,p}={1\over n}\sum\limits_{i=1}^n \left|B_H(i)-B_H(i-1)\right|^p.$$ By the Ergodic Theorem it is ...
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Expectation value of a product of an Ito integral and a function of a Brownian motion

this problem has come up in my research and is confusing me immensely, any light you can shed would be deeply appreciated. Let $B(t)$ denote a standard Brownian motion (Wiener process), such that the ...
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Is $(B_t^2)$ Markov where $(B_t)$ is Brownian motion?

I am pretty sure $(B_{t}^{2})$ not Markov because the squared random walk is not. Showing the square of a Markov process is or isn't Markov I guess I can repeat the method since to be Markov it ...
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Lower bound on the probability of the maximum of a reflecting Brownian motion

Let $\{W_t\}_{t\geq 0}$ be a standard Brownian motion (starting at $0$). For $T$ large enough, I would like to prove that $P(\max_{t\in[0,T]} |W_t| \leq c T^{1/3})$ is bigger than a negative power of ...
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martingale and stochastic Integral

Let ${W_t}$ be 1 dimension Brownian motion and $X_t:=\exp(t/2)\cos W_t$ $t\in[0,T]$. Show that $X_t$ is martingale. I understood $df(t,W_t)=-\exp(t/2)\sin xdW_t$ , but I don't know why it become ...
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Sum of 2 Brownian motions

Let's say, that $B_t$, $t\geq0$ is standard Brownian motion (Wiener process). Let's define process $$X_t=B_t+B_{t^2}\text{, }t\geq0$$ I need to find its variance, covariance, find out if it's ...
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What is the intuitive meaning of $K_1, K_2, K_3$ in regards to the conditional density formula derivation in Brownian motion.

In my text, there is a passage that says: "Suppose we require the conditional distribution of $X(s)$ given that $X(t) = B$, where $s < t$. The conditional density is: $$ \begin{align*} f_{s\mid ...
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Brownian motion - Hölder continuity

Let $B$ stand for a Brownian motion on a finite interval $[0,1]$. If I am not wrong, I think that there exists a positive constant $c$, such that almost surely, for $h$ small enough , for all $0< t ...
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The Laplace transform of the first hitting time of Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be the standard Brownian motion process, $a > 0$, and let $H_a = \inf \{ t : B_t > a \}$ be a stopping time. I want to show that the Laplace transform of $H_a$ is ...
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Definition of the Brownian motion

The way I understood the definition of a Brownian motion $B_t$ in $\mathbb R$ is that it consists of two parts: We first define the finite-dimensional distributions $$ ...
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A planar Brownian motion has area zero

I'm looking for proofs of Paul Lévy's theorem that a planar Brownian motion has Lebesgue measure $0$. I know of only two proofs: one is in Lévy's original paper (Théorème 12, p. 532) and the other is ...
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$\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$ - Gaussian Process and independent increments?

For $(B_t)_{t\ge0}$ a standard Brownian motion (Wiener process) define the stochastic process $X_t:=\int_0^tB_s^2\ dB_s$. I am currently trying to assess if $(X_t)_{t\ge0}$ is a Gaussian process and ...
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Sobolev meets Wiener

Even though the Wiener process (Brownian motion) is continuous, it has no derivative at any point. Does it at least have weak derivatives?
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Is the graph of a Brownian motion over an interval measurable?

Let $n \in \mathbb{N}_1 := \{1, 2, \dots\}$ and let $B:\Omega \times [0, \infty) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ be a standard, $n$-dimensional Brownian motion over the probability space $(\Omega, ...
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Distribution of Brownian motion

How would I go about finding the distribution of $B(u) + B(u+v)$ where $u+v > u$? I know that both $B(u)$ and $B(u+v)$ are normal random variables. The sum of two normal random variables is also ...
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Probability Brownian Motion - dependence

Does anyone know how to calculate $P(Z(3)>Z(2), Z(2)>0)$ if $Z(3)$ and $Z(2)$ are on the same sample path, i.e. not independent? I found a solution for the case $P(Z(2)<0, Z(1)<0)$ in ...
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Hitting time of Brownian Motion with a drift

Let $X_t =x+bt+\sqrt{2}W_t$, where $W_t$ is a standard Brownian motion. Let $T=\inf\{t: |X_t|=1\}$. I am trying to find $\mathbb{E}[T]$ for the case $b\neq0$. Firstly, I am going to apply Girsanov to ...
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Expectation of Stopping Time w.r.t a Brownian Motion

How do you take the expectation of a stopping time with respect to a Brownian motion? The specific question is: $$ \tau = \inf\{ t \ge 0: B(t) \in \{-a, b\}\} $$ I understand the optional stopping ...
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beginner's question about Brownian motion

I have just started learning about stochastic processes and I am confused with the notion of Brownian motion. The text defines (linear) Brownian motion under measure $\mathbb{P}$ as $B=(B_t; t\geq 0)$ ...
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Using a laplace type expansion to get bounds on an integral arising in the study of Brownian motion

Let $ 0 < r < 1$, fix $x > 1$ and consider the integral $$ I_{r}(x) = \int_{1}^{\infty} \exp\left( - \frac{x^2}{2y^{2r}} - \frac{y^2}{2}\right) \frac{dy}{y^r}.$$ In the investigation of ...
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Brownian hitting time of a _very_ simple linear boundary

I realize that general results on the hitting times of a curve are practically nonexistant, but I am hoping that someone can string together a sequence of tricks to tell me what $$ \Pr\left( ...
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Law of iterated logarithms for BM

The law of iterated logarithms for the standard Brownian motion asserts that $(\ast) \limsup\limits_{h \downarrow 0} \frac{B(h)}{\sqrt{2h\log\log(\frac{1}{h})}} = 1$ I'm trying to prove the ...
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Conditional Brownian Motion

What is wrong with the following logic: let $0\leqslant s \leqslant t \leqslant u$, find $E[W_t | W_s, W_u]$ \begin{align*} E[W_t | W_s, W_u] &= E\left.\left[W_t - \frac{t}{u} W_u + ...
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How to show that $X_t = \frac{1}{\left| B_t -x\right|}\mathbb{1}_{\left\{ B_t \neq x\right\}}$ (“inverse brownian”) is a martingale?

Consider $$X_t = \frac{1}{\left| B_t -x\right|}\mathbb{1}_{\left\{ B_t \neq x\right\}}$$ where $ \left(B_{t }\right)_{t \geq 0}$ is a $ \mathcal F_t$- brownian motion in $\mathbb R ^3$, null at ...
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Brownian Motion calculation

I am reading the following statement and cannot justify the upper limit. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. $$ E\left[\exp\left(2\int_{0}^{T}B_{s}^{2}\,{\rm d}s\right)\right] < \infty ...
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$4^{Brownian(t)}$ martingale proof

Let $B(t)$ a Brownian motion. I like to prove that $4^{B(t)}$ = martingale I rewrote the expression into an exponential form (like $\exp(\ln(4) B)$), but then I don't know how to proceed.
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Is filtration necessary for continuous random variables?

Define $(\mathscr{F}_t)_{t\geq 0}$ being the natural filtration induced by the Brownian motion $(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$. That is $$\mathscr{F}_t=\sigma(B_s\mid 0\leq s\leq t), \forall t\geq 0,$$ i.e. ...
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Confidence band for Brownian Motion with uniformly distributed hitting position

Let $(B_t)$ denote the standard Brownian motion on the interval $[0,1]$. For a given confidence level $\alpha \in (0,1)$ a confidence band on $[0,1]$ is any function $u$ with the property that $$ ...
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Is $\mathbb{E}\exp \left( k \int_0^T B_t^2 \, dt \right)<\infty$ for small $k>0$?

Suppose that $B$ is a Brownian motion. Does it hold that \begin{equation} \mathbb{E}\left[\exp\left(k\int_0^T[B(t)]^{2}\,dt\right)\right] <\infty\text{ ?} \end{equation} for some positive constant ...
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Time scaling of Brownian motion

Let $(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a standard Brownian motion and $A_t$ be an increasing continuous process adapted to the filtration generated by the Brownian Motion and $A_0 = 0$. I am trying to prove ...
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Density of first hitting time of Brownian motion with drift

I just started learning about Brownian motion and I am struggling with this question: Suppose that $X_t = B_t + ct$, where $B$ is a Brownian motion, $c$ is a constant. Set $H_a = \inf \{ t: X_t =a ...
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Determine the distribution of $\int_0^t (W_s-\frac{s}{t}W_t) ds$, where $(W_s)_{s\geq 0}$ is a brownian motion

I have to find the distribution of $X_t:=\int_0^t (W_s-\frac{s}{t}W_t) ds$ where $(W_s)_{s\geq 0}$ is a brownian motion. I already showed the first integral $\int_0^t W_s ds$ is ...
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Is the condition “sample paths are continuous” an appropriate part of the “characterization” of the Wiener process?

Wikipedia has separate articles on "Brownian motion" and "Wiener process" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownian_motion and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_process ). I am not an expert, but that ...
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Partial Derivative of an Integral

If $f(t)$ is a deterministic function of $t$ and $B_{n}$ is a brownian motion and: $Z =\int^t_0 f(s)dB(s)$ How does one take the partial derivatives wrt to $t$ and $B_n$ on an integral like this? I ...