Questions on the calculus of stochastic processes, or processes that have a random component.

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Lookback option with floating strike: boundary condition

I am trying to make sense of one of the boundary conditions of a look-back option with floating strike. Some notation first: let $v(t,x,y)$ denote the price at time $t$ of the option under the ...
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Problem on Solving Stochastic Differential Equation

Let $(Xt)$ be a solution to the equation $dX_t = aX_t dt + \sqrt{(1+X_t^2)} dW_t$ where $W_t$ is a Brownian motion process at time t Let $Y = F(X_t)$ for a certain function $F$. Find $F$ for which ...
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Using Ito's Lemma with more than one brownian motion term

Question : Let $$ dY_t=c_tdt+d_tdW^1_t+e_tdW^2_t $$ Where $W^1_t,~~W^2_t$ are standard independent brownian motions. I am trying to apply Ito's formula to this, say for example trying to find ...
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Pricing a claim dependent on two stock processes

QUESTION Consider two stock processes: $$ dS^1_t=S^1_t(r\,dt+\sigma_1\,dW^1_t) $$ $$ dS^1_t=S^2_t(r\,dt+\sigma_2\,dW^2_t) $$ $$ t,S^1_0,S^2_0\ge0 $$ and $$ W^1_t,W^2_t $$ are standard independent ...
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SDE with no weak solution

I'm facing the followingd d-dimensional SDE: $$dY_t=\sigma(h_t)\,dB_t$$ In addition it holds, that: $h_t\in H$ and $H$ is compact (for example the simplex of $R^n$) the proces $h_t$ is progressivley ...
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Difference between Borel Sigma algebra and Cylindrical sigma algebra?

I see that there are two differen concepts for Sigma Algebras on cartesian products over the real numbers. The first one is the Borel Sigma Algebra created by the product topology. The other one is ...
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Differentiating Exponential matrix Expression

To give the scalar version first: For the well known Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process: $dr(t)=\alpha(b-r(t))dt+\sigma dW(t)$ It is well known that the variance is: $\sigma_r^2=\sigma^2 \int_u^t\exp^{-2 ...
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The Vacisek Model and the short rate process

I am trying to do some calculations related to the Vacisek model, but I think I am mixing up concepts and I'm not getting to any solution. Let me explain what the problem is. The Vacisek model ...
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Plot histogram and density function

I need to plot a histogram for the data: ...
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I want to show $\operatorname{Cov}(X(t),X(s))=\min(s,t)- \frac{st}{T}.$

i have this Equation with Condition $X\left(0\right)=a $ and $ 0\le t \lt T$ $$dX\left(t\right)=\frac{b-X\left(t\right)}{t-T}dt+dB\left(t\right)$$ I solved and got $$X\left(t\right)= ...
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Black Scholes Pricing of a claim

Question: Let H(x)=1/x be the payoff function for a European style derivative security. Find a closed form expression for the price: $$ u(t,x)=e^{-r(t-t)}E[H(S_T)|S_t=x] $$ for this claim using Black ...
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Solving a Stochastic Differential Equation (SDE)

Question: Solve the stochastic differential equation: $$ dX_t=X^3_t\,dt-X^2_t\,dW_t $$ where: $$ X_0=1 $$ My Attempt: Using Ito's with: $$ f(x)=\log(x) $$ I get that: $$ ...
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Prove a P Martingale

If: $$ \sigma_t $$ is a bounded function of both time and sample path, show that: $$ dX_t=\sigma_tX_tdW_t $$ is a P Martingale. *Does this question make sense, that is, should the question be: is ...
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Regular matrix and regular stochastic matrix

We know that : A matrix is regular if its determinant is non zero. A stochastic matrix is regular if at a certain power all elements are positive. Question is how can I make the link between the ...
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How find stochastic logarithm of $B^2(t)+1$.

Find the stochastic logarithm of $B^2(t)+1$. I know that for find stochastic logarithm According to Theorem we must use the The following formula $$X(t)=\mathcal L(U)(t)= ...
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Is the following Itô-Integral not zero?

is the following statement true: $$\int_0^T t \, dW(t) \neq 0$$ I need it for a counter-example, that one can not change the order of integration between $dW$ and $dP(\omega)$. I thought of taking ...
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Expectation of $e^{-4B_\tau}$, where $\tau$ is an extended stopping time

This is an specific example so with a bit of luck I can get some general methodology from your answers. I have this stopping time: $$ \tau = \inf\{t \geq 0; B_t < t-2 \} $$ This is a clear ...
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The law of the iterated logarithm for BM and boundedness of stopping times

My question is regarding the usefulness of the law of the iterated logarithm, and its connection to stopping times. In many answers of this forum, I understand that some people often claim that some ...
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Girsanov Measure Question.

If $Z_t = exp^{\int_0^t X_s dW_s - \frac{1}{2} \int_0^t (X_s)^2 ds}$ is a martinagle then by Girsanov's theorem, the measure $P_T$ defined by $P_T(A) = E^P(AZ_T)$ is mutually absolutely continuous ...
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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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Expectation of product of stochastic integral and brownian motion

Find the covariance: $$ COV((\int_t^T(T-s)dW_s), W_t) $$ I used the covariance formula: COV(X,Y) = E(XY) - E(X)E(Y) = E(XY) as E(X)=E(Y)=0 But I am stuck on figuring out the expectation of the ...
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Stochastic Integral Help

Let W(t) be a Brownian Motion. Show that the integral: $$ \int_t^T W(s)ds $$ can be written in terms of the stochastic integral: $$ \int_t^T (T-s)dW(S) $$ Is there an error with this question? I ...
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Optimal capital injection in continuous time.

Problem: Given a controlled n-dimensional linear stochastic system on $[0,T]$, let's say:$$d\underline X(t)=A\underline X(t)dt + B\underline u(t)dt + d\underline W(t) $$ $$\ \underline X(0)=x \in \Bbb ...
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Problem with Ito Isometry

I know that for one-dimensional case, $$ E[ (\int^T_S f(t,\omega)dB_t)^2] = E[ \int^T_S f^2(t,\omega)dt]$$ for adapted, measurable f that satisfies that are in $L^2(dt \times dP)$. For $f = ...
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Black Derman & Toy Model

The BDT model is given by $$d(\ln\,r)=\left(\theta(t)-\frac {d(\ln\sigma(t)}{dt}\ln r\right)\,dt+\sigma(t) \, dW.$$ How can one rewrite the BDT model as $dr=A\,dt+B\, dW$, using It$\hat o$?
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Defining the scale function of a diffusion process

My question has to do with correctly calculating the scale function of a diffusion process, but ultimately might only have to do with calculus. I'll briefly set-up my calculations, so you can quickly ...
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A random variable $X$ with differentiable distribution function has a density

Setting: My professor defined A random variable $X: \Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ has a density $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ if for all $B \in \mathscr{B}$ $$P(X^{-1} (B)) = \int_\mathbb{R} ...
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Solutions of SDE do not explode when drift term is zero.

Suppose we have $dX_t = \sigma(X_t) dW_t$ where $\sigma : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is Borel and $W_t$ is a standard one-dimensional Brownian motion. I am trying to show that $X_t$ cannot ...
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Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process: increments

I'm new to the forum so I hope this first question goes well. Let the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process be defined as: $$ dV_t = - \beta V_t dt + \sigma dW_t $$ with $V_0 = v$, where $W_t$ is a Wiener ...
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Stopping times, open sets and Brownian Motion

Let $B_t$ be a brownian motion started at 0. I am trying to prove that $\tau$, defined as: $$ \tau = \inf\{t > 0 \mbox{ }|\mbox{ } \left|B_t\right| \geq \frac{1}{1+t} \} $$ is a stopping time with ...
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Use Ito's formula to determine the stochastic differential equation satisfied by $V_t$

A stochastic process $V_t$ is defined by $$V_t =\sqrt{t(t+W_t^2)}$$ $W_t$ is the Wiener process and $t$ denotes the time ($t > 0$). Use Ito's formula to determine the stochastic differential ...
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Extended (or augmented) stopping times

I am trying to prove that $\tau$, defined as: $$ \tau = inf\{t > 0 \mbox{ }|\mbox{ } B_t < t-1 \} $$ is a stopping time with respect to the filtration $(\mathscr{F}_{t+}^B)_{t\geq 0}$ where ...
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Covariance of a random function

Suppose $X(s)=\int_0^1 G(s,t)\, dW(t)$, where $W(t)$ is Brownian motion, then what is the variance of $X(s)$ and the covariance of $X(s)$ and $X(r)$. Note that this is not the usual Ito integral ...
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Mean and Variance of Gaussian Process

Let $B = (B_t : t \geq 0)$ be a standard Brownian Motion. Fix $0 \leq s \leq t$. How can I prove that, conditionally on $\{B_s = x, B_t = z\}$, the intermediate value $$B_{\frac{t+s}{2}}$$ has ...
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Lifetime of a spaceship run by three computers

A spaceship is controlled by three independent computers. The ship can function as long as at least two of the three computers are functioning. Suppose the lifetimes of the computers are i.i.d. ...
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Sufficient condition for time-changed quadratic covariation to vanish in probability

Let $(M_t^n)_{t \geq 0}$ be a sequence of continuous martingales of the form $M^n_t = \int_0^t X^n_s \, dB_s$ where $B_s$ is a Brownian motion. Let $\tau^n(t)$ be the time change associated to $M_t^n$ ...
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Brownian motion transition density question

Let $Y_t = M_t - W_t$ where $M_t$ is the running maximum of brownian motion and $W_t$ is brownian motion. I want to show that $P^0[Y_{t+s} \in dy| Y_t = x] = p(s,x,y)+p(s,x,-y)$ where $p$ is the ...
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Fourier transform of n-th power of autocorrelation of a random process

I'm having troubles in understanding how Fourier transform of the n-th power of a time function is obtained. In particular I came across to a particular result with respect to the calculation of the ...
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Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process and Markov property

There isn't a similar question in the forum, so here it goes. Firstly, let the O-U velocity process be defined as $$ dV_t = -\beta V_t dt + \sigma dB_t $$ with $V_0 = v$, and $B = (B_t), t \geq 0$ a ...
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Running average of Brownian motion

Question : Let us define the cumulative sum (Brownian motion): $$x_k = \sum_{i=1}^k y_i$$ and the running average : $$ \overline{x_k} =\frac{1}{W}\sum_{i=k-W+1}^k x_i$$ for $ k>W $, $W$ ...
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Relation between two stochastics

I got stuck trying to figuring out how to show the following question in probabilistic theory: "We say that A and B (with P(A), P(B) > 0) attract each other when P(A|B) > P(A)." I've shown that ...
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Resource for Stochastic Calculus and Ito processes

May someone please recommend a book or website where one can learn Stochastic Calculus and Ito processes from scratch.
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Poisson integral and discontinuous martingale (Ito-Levy formula)

Consider compounded Poisson process $P$ given by $P_t = \int_0 ^t \int _{\mathbb R}z~ N(dr,dz)$ where $N$ is a Poisson random measure of intensity $dt \otimes \nu$ and $\nu $ is a Levy measure. Why ...
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Continuity in $x$ of $E^x \int_0^{\tau} f(X_t)dt$

Suppose I have a stochastic diffusion $X$. I am studying an expression of the form $u(x):=E^x\int_0^\tau f(X_t)dt$ where $\tau$ is the exit time of $X$ from my bounded open domain $D$. I am also ...
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Distribution of Levy driven O-U process

Is there a way to find an analytical expression for $E\left[\exp\left(-\int_0^T \gamma_s ds\right)\right]$, where $d\gamma_t=k(\theta-\gamma_t)dt+\sigma dL_t$, and $L_t$ is a symmetric alpha ...
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Relation between autocorrelation and mean of a stochastic process

It is said that if the autocorrelation approaches zero as $\tau$ tends to zero, then the mean of the stochastic process is also zero. I am having trouble understanding the above concept. Say we have ...
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Simple Stochastic Measurability Question

In the proof of a Stochastic representation theorem, the author writes: $Z_t = \frac{d}{dt}<M>_t$ is progressively measurable. Here $M_t$ is a continuous local martingale and we have the ...
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What does it mean by “mean of a process”?

Say $X(t)$ is a stochastic process. Now when it says that the mean of the process, does it mean that the mean of $X(t)$. Elaborating further, a process is an collection of random variables - ...
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Parameter estimation of matrix-valued processes

I have a hard question for the probability theorist under you. Suppose we have the following process as defined by $dX_t = [-M(\bar{X} - X_t) - (\bar{X} - X_t)M^T] dt + \sqrt{X_t}dB_tQ + ...
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Elementary Malliavin Derivative question about definition.

I am reading a book that defines the Malliavin derivative $D_tF$ as follows: If $F = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} I_n(f_n)$ is the Wiener Chaos expansion. $F$ is in the brownian filtration and $F \in ...