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Does Brownian motion visit every point uncountably many times?

Let $B_t$ be a one-dimensional standard Brownian motion. Is it true that, almost surely, for every $x \in \mathbb{R}$ the set $\{t : B_t = x\}$ is uncountable? Let $A_x$ be the event that $\{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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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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Can I apply the Girsanov theorem to an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process?

Let $W_t$ be a standard Brownian motion, and $X_t$ a measurable adapted process. Girsanov's theorem says that under certain conditions, the Brownian motion with drift $Y_t = W_t - \int_0^t X_s\,ds$ ...
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Problem about partial sum of exponential random variable

Let $X_1, X_2, \dots,X_n, X_{n+1}$ be independent random variable of exponential distribution, and the mean is 1. Let $S_i = X_1 + \dots + X_i$ I want to know ...
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Area enclosed by 2-dimensional random curve

Consider a 2-dimensional Wiener process $(W_t)_{t \in [0,1]}$. Color every area which is enclosed by the line parametrised by $W_t$ (this means that, when the Wiener process makes a loop and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Uniqueness of Brownian motion

May be it is a dumb question, but it vexed me a little bit. I understand the construction of the Brownian motion (first use Kolmogorov extension theorem to construct value at dyadic times and then use ...
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Ito's Lemma and Brownian Motion

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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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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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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Construction of Brownian Motion

In Wiener's construction of Brownian Motion, it is assumed that there exists a probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal F,\mathbb P)$ and random variables $X_n:\Omega\rightarrow\mathbb R$ for $n\in\mathbb ...
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Integral of the positive part of a Brownian motion

Let $X(t)$ be the standard Brownian motion, I need to find the distribution of $S=\int_{0}^T(X(t))^+dt$, where $(x)^+=\max\{0,x\}$. I want to use the distribution to get a concentration bound for ...
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Two people are looking for each other. Is it faster for both to actively search, or for one to search while the other stays still?

Choose among two actors randomly and place the chosen actor at the origin. Place the other actor in the unit circle uniformly at random. Both actors move at the same speed. Both actors are said to ...
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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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Estimating the maximum of a Brownian motion over the unit interval

Let $\left(B_t\right)_{t \in \left[0,\infty\right)}$ be a standard Brownian motion over the probability space $\left(\Omega, \mathcal{A}, P\right)$. For each $x \in \left(0, \infty\right)$, give an ...
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Expected Value of Brownian motion using ito isometry

Find $$ E\ \left[\left(\int_{0}^T e^{s+W_s}dW_s \right)^2\right], $$ where $(W_s)$ is a Brownian motion. I tried to use Ito isometry to solve this question, but still not yet to find the right ...
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Does this random variable have a density?

I have a persistent problem, which I'm almost certain can be answered using elementary probabilistic arguments, but for some reason I've been stuck for some time. Here is the problem. Let $(B_s, s ...
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Expectation of an integral w.r.t. Brownian Motion

I know the following statement: if $f$ is a deterministic function and continuous, i.e. $f\in C^0([0,T],\mathbb{R})$, then $\int f(s)dW_s$ is normally distributed with mean zero and variance $\int ...
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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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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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Brownian motion: changing the order of expectation and integration in $E \left( \int_s^t B_x dx \mid F_s \right)$

Let $B$ be a standard Brownian motion with induced filtration $F$. Is it true that, for $s<t$, $$ E \left( \int_s^t B_x dx \mid F_s \right) = \int_s^t E \left( B_x \mid F_s\right) dx \;? $$ To ...
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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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Submartingale example: proof

I am trying to prove if the process $M_t = e^{W_t^2-t}$ is a submartingale ($W_t$ is the Wiener Process). The proof becomes a bit difficult, to the point where I am unsure how to move forward. Let ...
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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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Is $t^{-\frac{1}{2}}B_{t^2}$ a Brownian Motion?

I think the title says it all. Let $X_t = t^{-\frac{1}{2}}B_{t^2}$, with $B_t$ being a brownian motion started at $0$. I think I have proved continuity at $0$ by doing the following: $$ X_t = ...
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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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On hitting time of Brownian motion and Ito's lemma

I have two possibly related questions. Let $\tau:=\min\{t\geq0:B_t=1\}$, where $B_t$ is a standard Brownian motion. I am supposed to derive the fact that $\mathbf{E}\tau=\infty$ by applying some ...
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Brownian motion - characteristic function

Let me remind first the construction of Brownian motion. Fix a vector $x \in \mathbb{R}^n$ and define $p(t,x,y) := (2\pi t )^{-\frac{n}{2}} \cdot \exp{\left( - \frac{|x-y|^2}{2t} \right)},$ for $y ...
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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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lower bound of expectation of stochastic differential equation

I'm looking for a lower bound on the expected value of a smooth, non-negative, increasing function $\mathbb{E}f(X_t)$, $f(0)=0$ of the solution to a stochastic differential equation $X_t = x + ...
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Computing the limit of the expectation of a function of a stochastic process (phew!)

I state my problem in a few lines then describe what I have already done. I have a quite simple stochastic differential equation (SDE): $dx=-2x \, dt+\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dW$ with $W$ a brownian. I ...
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Brownian Motion Covariance: max instead of min

It is known that $\operatorname{Cov}(B_t,B_s)=\min(t,s)$ where $B$ is Brownian motion. Can one think of an Ito process or integral (preferrably plain Gaussian process) $W$ such that ...
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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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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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The probability that a linear Brownian motion will hit a curve

Summary I am trying to estimate the probability that a standard linear Brownian motion will hit some curve. To make things a bit simple, I can assume that the curve is a graph of a function, that is ...
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Intuition for the optimality of bold play

There is a standard result (I think originally by Dubins and Savage) that if one wants to maximise the probability of winning a certain amount in an unfair game of chance then an optimal strategy is ...
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expected value of brownian motion

How can you find this expected value? $$ \mathbb{E}[|W_{t}^2 - t|] $$ where $W_{t}$ is a brownian motion.
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Stopping time and Brownian motion (specific example)

Let $B$ be a Brownian motion. I want to show that $$ \inf\{t\geq0 \mid B(t)=\max_{x\in [0,1]}B(s)\} $$ is not a stopping time w.r.t. the standard filtration. How can one intuitively see that this ...
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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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Variance of product of Brownian motions

Let $\{B_{t}\}_{t\geq0}$ be Brownian motion. What is the variance of $B_{t}B_{s}$?
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How to derive the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Stochastic Integral Equation?

I have a question regarding the Ornstein -Uhlenbeck process. We have a simplified version with Stochastic Integral Equation: $X_t=-a\int^t_0 X_s\,ds +B_t$. B is the Brownian motion. And its analytic ...
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A counter example of Brownian Motion

Here is an example in my textbook to illustrate why we need the continuous sample path in the definition of Brownian motion. Let $(B_t)$ be a Brownian motion and $U$ be a uniform random variable on ...
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Distribution related to brownian bridge

Let $B(t)$ be a Brownian Bridge and $U$ is uniformly distributed on $(0,1)$. I wish to know the distribution function $B(U)$. Is it possible? As we know, $B(t)\sim N(0,t(1-t))$. But, I haven't a clue ...