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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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 the distribution of an Ito diffusion at time t absolutely continuous wrt Lebesgue measure?

Suppose we have an sde of the form: \begin{eqnarray} dX_t=b(X_t)dX_t + \sigma (X_t)dB_t \end{eqnarray} where $b$ and $\sigma$ are Lipschitz. Then we have existence and uniqueness of the solution ...
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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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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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What are some easier books for studying martingale?

What are some easier books for studying martingale? They are defined to be comprehensive but easier than Roger and William's martingale book. For example, to study Q and F martingales? It should ...
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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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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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Why do people write stochastic differential equations in differential form?

I am trying to teach myself about stochastic differential equations. In several accounts I've read, the author defines an SDE as an integral equation, in which at least one integral is a stochastic ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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positive martingale process

I would to like to prove that the process: $$e^{\int_{0}^{T}\theta _{s}\,dW_{s}-\frac{1}{2}\int_{0}^{T}\theta _{s}^2\,ds}$$ is a martingale which is positive and has a mean=1, where $\theta_s$ is ...
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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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Markov property question

In every book I can find, the Markov property for ito diffusions, $E[f(X_{t+h})\mid F_s] = E^{X_t}f(X_h)$ is stated for $\textbf{bounded}$ Borel functions. However, I have the following statement ...
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Solving the SDE $dX(t) = (c(t) + d(t)X(t))dt + (e(t) + f(t)X(t))dW(t)$

How to solve $dX(t) = (c(t) + d(t)X(t))dt + (e(t) + f(t)X(t))dW(t)$ together with the initial condition $X(0) = X_0$.
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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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When do we have $E[X_{n+1}\mid X_n] = E[X_{n+1}\mid\mathscr{F}_n]$?

Under what conditions does it hold that $$E[X_{n+1}\mid X_n] = E[X_{n+1}\mid\mathscr{F}_n]$$ if we are given a stochastic process $X = (X_n)_{n \geq 0}$ on a filtered probability space $(\Omega, ...
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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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What are the norms in Ito isometry?

Itō isometry from Wikipedia: Let $W : [0, T] \times \Omega \to \mathbb{R}$ denote the canonical real-valued Wiener process defined up to time $T > 0$, and let $X : [0, T] \times \Omega \to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...