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

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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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What are the prerequisites for stochastic calculus?

I am not a math student, and only kind of picking up something whenever I need it. After emerged in the field of machine learning, probability, measure theory and functional analysis seem to be quite ...
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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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Motivation of Feynman-Kac formula and its relation to Kolmogorov backward/forward equations?

Kolmogorov backward/forward equations are pdes, derived for the semigroups constructed from the Markov transition kernels. Feynman-Kac formula is also a pde corresponding to a stochastic process ...
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Why do people simulate with Brownian motion instead of “Intuitive Brownian Motion”?

I have just recently begun studying Brownian motion and stochastic calculus at the level of an undergraduate or beginning graduate student of applied mathematics. (Textbooks I've looked at are by ...
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Removing deterministic discontinuities from semi-martingales

Let $X:=(X_t)_{0 \le t \le T}$ be a solution of the SDE $$ X_t = X_0 + \int_0^t \sigma(s,X_s) dW_s + \sum_{i=1}^n f_i(X_{t_i^-}) 1_{\{t > t_i\}}$$ where $t_1,\cdots,t_n \in [0,T]$ and $(f_i)_{1 \le ...
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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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Gradient Descent on Non-Convex Function Works But How?

For Netflix Prize competition on recommendations one method used a stochastic gradient descent, popularized by Simon Funk who used it to solve an SVD approximately. The math is better explained here ...
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Final Step in calculating option prices under the Heston Stochastic Volatility Model

Let: $$ \alpha = -\frac{u^2}{2}-\frac{iu}{2}+jiu\\ \beta = \lambda-\rho \eta i u - j \rho \eta\\ \gamma = \frac{\eta ^2}{2}\\ $$ where $j \in \{0,1\}$ and $i^2=-1$, $g=\frac{r_-}{r_+}$ and ...
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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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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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Strictly positive martingales

Does the following property for martingales hold? Given a continuous martingale $(X_t)_{t\leq T}$ that is almost surely strictly positive at time T, i.e. $\mathbb{P}(X_T >0)=1$, we have $P(X_t > ...
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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 the density of this SDE is not smooth in a parameter

Consider the following, 1-dimensional, equation $$X_t^x = x + \int_0^t \mathbb{E} |X_s^x| \, ds + B_t , $$ where $B$ is a Brownian motion. This a McKean-Vlasov equation, sometimes called a nonlinear ...
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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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Integral of Wiener Process and Central Limit Theorem

I am trying to solve the following exercise: (1) Given $W$ is a Wiener process, find a constant $M$ such that $\lim\limits_{t\to\infty} \frac{1}{t}\int_{0}^{t}\sin^2W_s ds=M$ (2) Then show ...
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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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Very basic doubt about Itô's lemma

While trying obtain the dynamics of $X_t = \exp( \int_t ^T \phi_s ds)$, where $\phi$ is an Ito process following $$ d\phi_t = \mu dt+ \sigma dW_t \ ,$$ I had some doubt concerning the application of ...
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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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Converge to Brownian Motion problem

Consider the following sequence of SDEs: $dX^n_t = \sin(nX^n_t)dt + dW_t, X^n_0 = 0\,\,\,$ Show that the solutions $X^n$ converge in finite dimensional distribution to Brownian Motion. I have been ...
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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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Covariance of Gaussian stochastic process

Could someone help me to figure out solutions of following problems?: Let $X = (X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ be a Gaussian, zero-mean stochastic process starting from $0$, i.e. $X_0 = 0$. Moreover, assume that ...
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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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Generated sigma algebra from Brownian Motion

Suppose that we have a Brownian motion and we define the P-augmented filtration by $$\mathcal{F}^W_t:=\sigma(\mathcal{F}^0_t \cup \mathcal{N})$$ where $\mathcal{F}_t^0:=\sigma(W_s;s\le t)$ and ...
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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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existence/uniqueness of solution and Ito's formula

Given the Ito SDE $$ dX_t=a(X_t,t)dt + b(X_t,t) dB_t $$ where $a(X_t,t)$ and $ b(X_t,t)$ satisfy the Lipschitz condition for existence and uniqueness of solutions. Given a function $f(X_t,t) ∈ C^2$ ...
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$L^1$ bounded martingale

If $(M_t)_{0\leq t<\infty}$ is continuous martingale and it is $L^1$ bounded, does it imply that quadratic variation $\langle M\rangle_\infty$ is finite a.s. ?
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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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Question concerning maximum increment of Brownian motion

Suppose $B$ is the standard Brownian motion, how to calculate $$\mathbb{P}\left((\max_{0\le s\le t}B(s))-B(t)<a\right)$$ I tried $B(t)-B(s)=B(t-s)$, ...
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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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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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Approximation of stochastic processes in Protter

I'm reading Stochast integration and stochastic differential equation by Protter. In particular I have a question about Theorem 10 in chapter 2.4. Here Protter defines a simple predictable processes ...
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generating set of predictable sigma algebra

I am solving an exercise in Rogers and Williams and want to ask if my solution is correct. Let me first introduce the notation. The space $b\mathcal{E}$ is the space of processes of the form ...
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Bell Numbers: How to put EGF $e^{e^x-1}$ into a series?

I'm working on exponential generating functions, especially on the EGF for the Bell numbers $B_n$. I found on the internet the EGF $f(x)=e^{e^x-1}$ for Bell numbers. Now I tried to use this EGF to ...
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Almost sure convergence of stochastic process

Suppose that we have a (almost surely) continuous stochastic process $\{ X_{t} \}_{t \geq 0}$ on $[0,1]$ with non-stochastic initial value $X_{0} = x_{0} \in [0,1]$ and exponentially decreasing ...
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Why isn't the Ito integral just the Riemann-Stieltjes integral?

Why isn't the Ito integral just the Riemann-Stieltjes integral? What I mean is, given a continuous function $f$, some path of standard brownian motion $B$, and the integral: $$\int_0^Tf(t)\;dB(t).$$ ...
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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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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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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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Girsanov: Change of drift, that depends on the process

Known: If I am looking at an SDE like: $dX_t = b(t,\omega) dt + dW_t$ with $W_t$ a Brownian motion under a measure $P$. I know that I can change the drift by using Girsanov to $dX_t = ...
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Representation theorem for continuous process of finite variation

There is a martingale representation theorem If $M$ is a continuous $L^2$-martingale, there is a Brownian motion $B$ and a cadlag adapted function $\sigma$ such that $$ M_t = M_0 + \int_0^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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Show $ \int _0^t \frac{\left|B_u \right|}{u}du < \infty \ a.e.$

How to show that for all $t\geq 0$ $$ \int _0^t \frac{\left|B_u \right|}{u}du < \infty \ a.e.,$$ where $ \left( B_t \right)_{t\geq 0}$ is the real standard brownian motion starting from zero ?
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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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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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Computation of basic stochastic integral.

I am trying to compute the covariance of a 1 dimensional Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process $dx_t=-\theta x_t dt+ \sigma dW_t$, $\theta>0$ and I am at the stage, $$\text{Cov }(x_s,x_t)=\sigma^2 ...
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Physical meaning of Ito integrals

I'm having trouble getting my head around the meaning of the stochastic Ito integral. Specifically: the intuitive meaning of "Stochastic Integral" to me is a function that takes a time $t$ and ...
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How to compute $E\left[W_t \int_0^t s \, dW_s\right]$?

I want to compute $E\left[W_t \int_0^t s \, dW_s\right]$ where $W_t$ is a Brownian motion. My attempt below is based on some very shaky mathematics; in particular I have no justification of the 4th ...
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Tricky a.e. limit question, studying the $ \text{a.e.-lim}_{t \rightarrow \infty} \frac {1}{t} \int_0 ^ t W_s ~ds$

Could someone give some advice in order to study $$\underset{t\to\infty}{\operatorname{a.e.-lim}} \frac {1}{t} \int_0 ^ t W_s ~ds,$$ where $(W_t)_{t\geq 0}$ is a standard brownian motion starting at ...