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

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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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Limit of a Wiener integral

How to show that $$ \lim _{\alpha \rightarrow \infty } \sup_{t \in \left [0,T \right]} \left | e^{-\alpha t} \int _ 0 ^t e^{\alpha s} ~ dB_s \right | =0, \ \ \text{a.e.} $$ where $\left (B_s ...
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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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Angle bracket and sharp bracket for discontinuous processes

The question is quite simple actually. I am trying to understand the differences between the angle bracket $\left<X,Y\right>$ of two processes with jumps $X,Y$, and the sharp bracket of $[X,Y]$. ...
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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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Is continuous L2 bounded local martingale a true martingale?

I can prove it briefly, but I found a "counter" example. (There must be a mistake in the following words...) I can prove: X is a continuous local martingale, with $X_0=0$ a.s, then X is $L_2$ bounded ...
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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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Estimation of a Ito's semi-martingale linear functional

Could someone check my solution for the following problem please? Or maybe propose a smarter/shorter solution. Consider a stochastic process $X=(X_t)_{t \in [0,1]}$ defined in a filtred ...
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Itō Integral has expectation zero

I have a question about the following property, which I didn't know so far: Why does the Itō integral have zero expectation? Is this true for every integrator and integrand? Or is this restricted ...
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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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Further Reading on Stochastic Calculus/Analysis

I'm looking to read up more on Stochastic Analysis/Calculus (whatever it's called?) for PhD proposal. So far, I've had 2 courses on Stochastic Calculus, mainly focusing on Finance, 1 course on ...
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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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show that the solution is a local martingale iff it has zero drift

Most financial maths textbook state the following: Given an $n$-dimensional Ito-process defined by \begin{equation} X_t = X_0 + \int_0^{t} \alpha_s \,d W_s + \int_0^{t} \beta_s \,d s, \end{equation} ...
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Generating function of the stopping time

Let $X_t$ be a generalized Wiener process with drift rate $\mu$ and variance $\sigma^2$, and let $\tau$ be the stopping time $$\tau:=\inf \left\{ t\geq0: X_t= b\right\}, \quad b\geq0 $$ Can anyone ...
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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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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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covariance of integral of Brownian

What is the covariance of the process $X(t) = \int_0^t B(u)\,du$ where $B$ is a standard Brownian motion? i.e., I wish to find $E[X(t)X(s)]$, for $0<s<t<\infty$. Any ideas? Thanks you very ...
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Matlab Code to simulate trajectories of Ito process.

I need some help to generate a Matlab code in order to do the following question. Can somebody help me in this regard. Any sort of hint that could be helpful will surely be appreciated.. Q: "Simulate ...
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Difference of two convex functions

This is an exercise from a probability textbook on Ito's formula, basically Ito's formula extends to functions of this type. Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a function such that $f$ is ...
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solution of SDE: $dS_t=(\alpha S_t+f(t))dW_t$

does someone know how to solve the following SDE $$dS_t=(\alpha S_t+f(t))dW_t, S_0=s$$ where $f(t)$ is a deterministic function and $W_t$ is a standard brownian motion. Is there a explicit solution ...
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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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Evaluating Stratonovich integral from definition

$\bf 3.9.$ Suppose $f\in\mathcal V(0,T)$ and that $t\to f(t,\omega)$ is continuous for a.a. $\omega$. Then we have shown that $$\int\limits_0^T f(t,\omega)dB_t(\omega)=\lim_{\Delta ...
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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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american put option

For a perpetual american put option $v(s)$, satisfies the following problem: $$\frac12\sigma^2S^2\frac{\mathrm d^2V}{\mathrm dS^2}+(r-D)S\frac{\mathrm dV}{\mathrm dS} - rV = 0\quad\text{for ...
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Haar basis on $L^2(0,1)$ - proof?

I have the following problem. We defined $\mathbb{H}=\{f_0,\quad f_{j,n} \quad j=1,...,2^{n-1} \quad n=1,2,...\}$ where for all $t\in[0,1]$ we put $f_0(t)=1$ and setting $K=2j-1$, $$f_{j,n}(t)=\left\{ ...
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How to make the following conclusion?

There is a statement as follow: $E(|X_1(t)-X_2(t)|)\leq\int_0^t \kappa[E(|X_1(t)-X_2(t)|)]ds$, where $\kappa$ is a strictly increasing concave function such that $\kappa(0)=0$ and ...
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positiv Martingale process

I would to like to prove that the process: $$e^{\int_{0}^{T}\theta _{s}dW_{s}-\frac{1}{2}\int_{0}^{T}\theta _{s}^2ds}$$ is a martingale which is positiv and has a mean=1 $$\theta is continuous ...
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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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Prove directly from the definition of the Ito's integral

I am trying to solve the exercises from the book Stochastic differential equations -An Introduction with applications by Bernt Oksendal and I am stuck on 1 question. Prove directly from the ...
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On “for all” in if and only if statements in probability theory and stochastic calculus

1 In my friend's Probability Theory long test there was this question: Let $(\Omega, \mathfrak{F}, P)$ be a probability space on which is defined all sub-$\sigma$-algebras, events and random ...
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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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Finite expectation of renewal process

Let $T_n$ be a random variable with $T_n=X_1+...+X_n$ where the $X_i$'s are iid. Further we set $N(t)=max\{ n: T_n\leq n\}$ with the property $\Pr(N(t)<\infty)=1$. I want to prove that ...
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What is the integral of a family of diffusion processes? [closed]

Let $S$ be an infinite subset of $[0,1]$. For all $s \in S$, let W_s(t) be a standard Wiener process. Definite P(s)_t = \mu(P,s,t) dt + \sigma(P,s,t) dW^s_t Can we characterize? $$F_t= \int_S P(s)_t ...
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Where to begin in approaching Stochastic Calculus?

I have experience in Abstract algebra (up to Galois theory), Real Analysis(baby Rudin except for the measure integral) and probability theory up to Brownian motion(non-rigorous treatment). Is there a ...
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What are some open research problems in Stochastic Processes?

I was wondering, what are some of the open problems in the domain of Stochastic Processes. By Stochastic Processes. Any examples or recent papers or similar would be appreciated. The motivation for ...
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Translations of Kolmogorov Student Olympiads in Probability Theory

I am deeply interested in Kolmogorov's probability contest whose tests could be found in English for the five first years but there is no English translation to its problems from round 6 onward. I ...
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In stochastic calculus, why do we have $(dt)^2=0$ and other results?

I'm doing actuarial problems of Exam MFE and it covers some of the stochastic calculus (like Ito's Lemma). One of the frequently used results are the so-called "multiplication rules": $(dt)^2=0$ ...
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Intuition for random variable being $\sigma$-algebra measurable?

Is there some sort of intuition or a good ilustrative example for random variables being $\sigma$-algebra measurable? I understand the definition, but when looking at martingales, the meaning of ...
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Ito integral of a Brownian Motion w.r.t. an independent Brownian Motion.

Let $B$ and $W$ be independent Brownian motions, let $\tau$ be a stopping time adapted to $\mathcal{F}^{W}$, do we always have $E[\int_{0}^{\tau}B_{s}dW_{s}]=0$? I know that $\int_{0}^{t}B_{s}dW_{s}$ ...
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Prove that Brownian Motion absorbed at the origin is Markov

I'm trying to prove that Brownian motion absorbed at the origin is a Markov process with respect to the original filtration $\{\mathcal{F}_{t}\}$. To be more specific, let $(B_{t},\mathcal{F}_{t})_{t ...
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A question related to reflection principle

Question: $$P(X_1\gt 0, ..., X_n\gt 0, X_n=a-b)=?$$ Its Answer: $= (1,1) \rightarrow (n,a-b) $ that meet neither touch nor cross paths. $=[(1,1) \rightarrow (n,a-b) \ \ \text{all ...
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Background for studying and understanding Stochastic differential equations

Assume I have back ground of the following knowledge based on the textbook as : ODE : ODE by Tenenbaum Baby probability : Ross 's baby probability Baby real anlysis : Bartle's introduction to real ...
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How to solve $\mathrm dX(t)=B(t)X(t)\mathrm dt+B(t)X(t)\mathrm dB(t)$ with condition $X(0)=1$?

I want to solve the stochastic differential equation $$\mathrm dX(t)=B(t)X(t)\mathrm dt+B(t)X(t)\mathrm dB(t)$$ with condition $X(0)=1$.
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Proving that $T_t := S_t -\left| x \right| -\frac {n-1}{2} \int _0 ^t \frac {1}{S_u}~du$ is a brownian motion

Consider $B=(B_t)_{t\geq 0}$ $\mathcal F_t$ - brownian motion in $\mathbb R ^n, \ (n\geq 2)$ starting at zero, in a probability space $(\Omega, \mathcal F, (\mathcal F_t)_{t\geq 0}, \mathbb P)$. ...
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double area integrals over coherence functions on circles

I am having trouble showing the following, which shows up from coherence theory: $\frac{\pi b^2}{\alpha^2}(1-J_0^2(\alpha b)-J_1^2(\alpha b))=\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^b\int_0^b r_1r_2\frac{J_1\left ...
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Brownian bridge

Let $W = (W_t;F_t)$, $t \leq 0$ be a standard Wiener process, and let $(X_t)_{0 \leq t \leq 1}$ satisfy the stochastic differential equation $$ dX_t =- \frac{X_t}{1-t}dt+dW_t,\quad 0 \leq t \leq ...
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Can we prove directly that $M_t$ is a martingale

Suppose we define the stochastic process $$M_t:=e^{\int_0^t\phi_s dW_s -\frac{1}{2}\int_0^t\phi_s^2ds}$$ where $\phi\in L^2[0,T]$, $t\in [0,T]$. Note that $M_t$ is just the stochastic exponential of ...
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When is a stochastic process defined via a SDE Markovian?

I was wondering when a stochastic process defined via a SDE is Markovian? The SDE may involved Ito integral, Lebesgue integral, jump component, and any other things. The reason I ask this question is ...