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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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What is the importance of the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion?

I have read that the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion is $\frac{1}{2}\small\triangle$. Unfortunately, I have no background in semigroup theory, and the expositions of semigroup theory I have ...
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Prove the time inversion formula is brownian motion

Let $B=(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a brownian motion. Show the time inversion formula $\hat{B}=(B_t)_t\geq0$ is a brownian motion, where for $t \geq 0$ we set $\hat{B}=0$ for $t=0$ and $\hat{B}=tB_{1/t}$ for $...
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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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(Ito lemma proof): convergence of $\sum_{i=0}^{n-1}f(W(t_{i}))(W(t_{i+1})-W(t_{i}))^{2}.$

The purpose of this question is to complete my personal exposition on the rigorous proof of Ito's lemma. I have consulted more than half a dozen mathematical finance texts and not a single one, for ...
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How to show stochastic differential equation is given by an equation

I I tried using substitution and I got an extra integral at the end and do not know how to proceed. Can anyone help me to break this down?
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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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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 $$\mathbb{E}[\exp(-\...
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Solving SDE: $dX(t) = udt + \sigma X(t)dB(t)$

Solve the SDE: $dX(t) = udt + \sigma X(t)dB(t)$ Provided Question The SDE is $dX(t) = udt + \sigma X(t)dB(t)$. Find $X(t)$, where $X(t)$ is some stochastic process and $B(t)$ is a Wiener process. ...
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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 $W=(W_t)_{...
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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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How to calculate the PSD of a stochastic process

Say we have a stochastic process described by a stochastic differential equation (in the Itô sense), and maybe we are able to find an explicit solution of it in terms of deterministic and Itô ...
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No drift brownian motion problem

Given two same brownian motion with no drift and different variances: $$dG_1= \sigma_1 G_1 dW $$ $$dG_2= \sigma_2 G_2 dW $$ and two barriers $P_1 > P_2$ assuming that $ \sigma_1 > \sigma_2 $ ...
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Independent increments in squared brownian motion

I'm trying to prove that the squared Brownian motion $(W_t^2)$ doesn't have independent increments, I tried using the covariance and it doesn't quite work, can anybody give me any pointer to how to ...
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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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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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Limit of a stochastic integral

Let $W_t$ be a one-dimensional Brownian motion and I would like to prove $$\lim_{\beta\rightarrow+\infty}\sup_{0\leq t\leq T}\left|e^{-\beta t} \int_0^te^{\beta s}\mathrm dW_s\right|=0$$ This is an ...
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Why do people all the time exploiting almost sure properties of a stochastic process as if they were sure properties?

All the time, I see people working with a given Brownian motion $(B_t)_{t\ge 0}$ on a fixed probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal A,\operatorname P)$ and suddenly exploiting its almost sure properties ...
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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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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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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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Simple question about the definition of Brownian motion

I have a question concerning the definiton of Brownian motion. Usually (e.g. on Wikipdia) one demands a brownian motion $\lbrace B_t\rbrace_{t\in[0,\infty)}$ to satisfy the following condition: $\...
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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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$n$ times integrated Brownian motion

I have an identity that expresses the $n$ times integrated Brownian motion and I would like to prove that. First, I define what I mean by $n$ times integrated Brownian motion. $$V_1(t) = \int_0^tB_s\, ...
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Can a time-shifted Brownian motion be also a Brownian motion

Let $T<\infty$, $(\Omega,\mathcal F,P)$ a probability space carrying a standard $d$-dimensional Brownian motion $(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ and $(\mathcal F_t)_{t\geq 0}$ the natural $\sigma$-algebra ...
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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 t}(...
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Independence of increments of some processes

I am stuck on this question: Let $(B_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion. Define $$ (\tau_1)_t := \inf \{s \geq 0 : B_s = t \} ; \quad (\tau_2)_t := \inf \{s \geq 0 : B_s > t \}. $$ Any ideas how ...
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Integral representation $B_T^3$

I have to find a $F_t$ such that $B_T^3=E[B_T^3]+\int_0^T F_t dB_t$. I have shown by ito formula that $B_T^3=\int_0^T 3 B_s^2 dB_s+\int_0^T 3 B_s ds$. Could you please help me?
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Hitting times for Brownian motions

Let $B$ be a standard Brownian motion and let $\alpha, \beta > 0$. Let \begin{align} \tau = \inf\{t \geq 0 : B_t = \alpha \ \ \text{or}\ \ B_t=-\beta\}. \end{align} It can be shown by defining ...
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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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Convergence in $L^2$ of the stochastic integral $\int\limits^{t}_{0}\frac{B_s}{e}1_{B_s\in(-e,e)}dB_s$

Let $e\in \mathbb{R}^+$ and $B_t$ 1-dimensional Brownian motion. Consider $$X_t=\int^{t}_{0}\frac{B_s}{e}1_{B_s\in(-e,e)}dB_s.$$ How to show that $X_t \to 0$ in $L^2$ as $e\to0$? Obviously the ...
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Prove $A_t := W_t^3-3t W_t$ a martingale

Given prob space $(\Omega, \mathscr{F}, P)$ and a Wiener process $(W_t)_{t \geq 0}$, define filtration $\mathscr{F}_t = \sigma(W_u : u \leq t)$ Let $(A_t)_{t \geq 0}$ where $A_t = W_t^3 - 3tW_t$. ...
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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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Brownian bridge expression for a Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be a standard Brownian motion in $\mathbb R$, then the Brownian bridge on $[0,1]$ is defined as $$ Y_t = a(1-t)+bt+(1-t)\int\limits_0^t\frac{\mathrm dB_s}{1-s} $$ for $0\leq t<1$. Here ...
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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 $$ \nu_{t_1,\dots,t_n}(A_1,\...
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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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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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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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Stochastic Integrals are confusing me; Please explain how to compute $\int W_sdW_s$ for example

I have been trying hard to understand this topic, but only failing.Reading through my lecture notes and online videos about stochastic integration but I just can't wrap my head around it. The main ...
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Implementing Ornstein–Uhlenbeck in Matlab

I am reading this article on Wikipedia, where three sample paths of different OU-processes are plotted. I would like to do the same to learn how this works, but I face troubles implementing it in ...
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Quadratic Variation of Brownian Motion

Quadratic Variation of a Brownian motion $B$ over the interval $[0,t]$ is defined as the limit in probability of any sequence of partitions $\Pi_n([0,t])=\{0=t^n_0<\cdots<t^n_{k(n)}=t\}$ of the ...
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Representation theorem for local martingales

I want to prove the following local martingale representation theorem. For the statement of the theorems to come we fix a filtered probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{A},\mathcal{F},\mathbb{P})$ where ...
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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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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 $$T=\inf\{t\geq0,...
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Strong solutions SDE inequality with an application of Gronwall's inequality

Suppose that we have a general SDE on a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},P)$ defined by: $$ dX_t = b(t,X_t) dt + \sigma(t,X_t) d W_t, $$ where $W$ is a Brownian motion and $b$ and $\sigma$ are ...
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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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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 $E[W(t)^k]$...