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How to get closed form solutions to stopped martingale problems?

Way back when, I took a course in stochastic processes in college. I remember being frustrated by the plethora of abstract proofs without much in the way of how to use them to get actual results. It ...
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Do we need $\tau \leq \nu$ to show $E(X_\tau)=E(X_\nu)$?

My lecture notes claim that if $(X_n)$ is a martingale and $\tau$ is a stopping time bounded by $N$ then $$E(X_\tau)=E(X_{\tau \wedge N})=E(X_{\tau \wedge 0})=E(X_0)$$ and then remarks that if $\tau$ ...
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Prove hitting time (with $\tau_a:=n+1$ if $S_k\leq a \forall 0\leq k\leq n$)

I have random variable $\tau$ defined as follows $\tau_a=\min\{0 \leq k \leq n : S_k>a\}$ $(a>0)$ $\tau_a:=n+1$ if $S_k\leq a$, $\forall 0\leq k\leq n$ (how should I care during the proof?) ...
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A martingale with bounded increments either converges or diverges to both infinities a.s.

I am reading page 236 "Probability : theory and examples" by R. Durrett. Theorem 31. Let $X_1, X_2,\ldots$ be a martingale with $|X_{n+1}-X_n|\leq M<\infty$. Let $C=\{\lim X_n \;\;\; \text{exists ...
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Why is the Stopping Theorem interesting?

The theorem for discrete-time martingales is as follows: Let $X=(\Omega,\mathcal{F},(\mathcal{F}_n)_n,(X_n)_n,\mathrm{P})$ be a supermartingale and $\tau_1,\tau_2$ two a.s. bounded stopping times on ...
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Is there an example that shows that the optional stopping theorem fails for finite (unbounded) stopping times?

Is there a martingale $M=(M_t)_{t\geq 0}$ and finite stopping times $S,T$ with $S \leq T$ a.s. such that $\mathrm{E}(|M_T|)<\infty$, but $M_S \neq \mathrm{E}(M_T|\mathcal{F}_S)$ a.s.? I found a ...
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Showing that a nonnegative integer-valued random variable is NOT a stopping time

Suppose that $\left(A_n\right)$ is an adapted process, and that $B\in\mathcal{B}$. Let $L = \sup\left\{n:n\leq10;A_n\in B\right\}$, $\sup\left(\emptyset\right)=0$. Convince yourself that $L$ is NOT ...
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Probablity and Expected value

Suppose you are playing a fair coin game and you win a dollar if a head shows up and lose a dollar if tail. what is the expected value of rounds you played before you lose the first dollar from your ...
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how to prove $(X_{n})_{n\in \mathbb N}$ and $(Y_{n})_{n\in \mathbb N}$ are supermartingale.and $(Y_{n})_{n\in \mathbb N}$ is convergence to -7

Let $p \in [0 , \frac{1}{2}] $ and $\eta_{i}$ be i.i.d random variables and $P(\eta_{i}=1)=p$ and $P(\eta_{i}=-1)=1-p$ and $\mathcal F_{n}=\sigma(\eta_{1},\cdots,\eta_{n})$ and ...
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Conditional Expectation of martingale at stopping time

I am trying to understand the implications of the optimal stopping theorem, which is why I tought of the following problem. Consider the continuous-time Martingale $X = (X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ and the ...
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Lower bound for stochastic process

Suppose the non-negative stochastic process $(X_t,Y_t)$ is such that $E\{X_t - X_a | Y_u \in A \,\,\forall u \in [a,t] \} \geq Z(A)(t-a)$. Let $T_{A}$ be the time of a visit to $A$. Assuming that the ...
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Characterization of hitting time's law. (Proof check)

Under the same assumptions of this early question, consider also a the random time $T_a := \inf\{ t > 0: B_t \geq a\}$ which is a stopping time. Since $M^\lambda$ is a continuous martingale, Doob's ...
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Stopping time and martingale for random walks

Let $X_0=0, X_1, X_2,\dots, X_N$ be i.i.d. random variables, with Gaussian distribution $\cal N (0,1)$. For $k=0,\dots, N, S_k=\sum_{i=1}^k X_i$ and $\tau=\min\{k:S_k^2\geq N-k\}$. So $\tau$ is a ...
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proof that a stopped martingale is a martingale?

Defenition. $\mathcal{F}_{\tau}=\{F\subset \Omega: \forall n \in N \cup \{\infty\}, F\cap(\tau\leq n)\in \mathcal{F}_{n}$} is a sigma-algebra. Defenition. $\forall \omega \in \Omega: ...
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Optional Sampling Theorem in discrete setting

I have a question about proving the optional sampling theorem in discrete setting. I dont know if what I am doing is mathematical justified. Can someone help me with this? Defenition: Let $\tau$ be a ...
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Stopping times, Filtration, Martingales,

I am new here and I have a question. Defenition: Let $ \tau$ be a stopping time, then $\digamma_{\tau}=\{F\subset \Omega: \forall n \in N \cup \{\infty\} , F\cap(\tau\leq n)\in \digamma_{n}$} is a ...
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Example of a martingale and a stopping time with $E(T)<\infty$ but $E(X_T) \neq E(X_0)$

Is there an example of a martingale in discrete time $X_0, X_1, X_2,\ldots$ and a stopping time $T$ so that $E(T) <\infty$ but $E(X_T) \neq E(X_0)$? With added assumptions on how $X_n$ behaves, ...
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$(S_n^2-n)_{n\ge 0}$ martingale and bounded stopping times

Consider the random walk $$S_n=\sum_{k}^{n}X_{k}$$ Where $X_k$'s are iid, $$\mathbb P(X_1=1)=\mathbb P(X_1=-1)=\frac{1}{2}$$ and $\mathcal{F}_{n}=\sigma(X_i,0\leq i\leq n)$. How do I prove that ...
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Martingale Stopping Time

Let $(S_n)_{n \ge 0}$ be a $(\mathcal F_n)$-martingale and $\tau$ a stopping time with finite expectation. Assume that there is a $c > 0$ such that, $\forall n, \mathbb E (|S_{n+1} - S_n | | ...
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Why is stopping time defined as a random variable?

I've been given a crash course in stochastic processes and martingales for the purposes of a semester project on them. The guy I'm working with has been, I feel, a little vague in the definition of ...
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Stopping time for a martingale

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ be iid random variables where $X_i\in\{-1,0,1,2,...\}$, $P(X_i=0)<1$ and $E(X_1)=\mu$. Let $S_n=1+X_1+\cdots+X_n$ and $T=\inf \{n:s_n=0\}$. Show that $E(T)=\infty$ if $\mu=0$ ...
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Optional sampling exercise

I came across the following exercise in Stochastic Calculus: Let $B=(B_t)_{t\geq0}$ be a standard Brownian motion. Let also $M$ be the following process: $M_t=B^4_t-6t(B^2_t-\dfrac{t}{3})$ for ...
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Sufficient condition in terms of stopping times for a stochastic process to be a local supermartingale

(Question edited in response to Nate's comment) Let $(X_t)_{t\geq 0}$ be a continuous (or càdlàg), real-valued process, and define stopping times $\tau_{s,a,b}=\inf~ [s,\infty)\cap\{t:X_t\notin ...