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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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Stopping times problem: $ \tau_+ = \inf \{t \ge 0 \mid W_t>0\}$

Stopping times problem, $\tau_+ = \inf \{t \ge 0 \mid W_t>0\}$ I can not prove the following : P/S: When I look at the stopping time, I feel that $\{W_0 > 0\} = \{\tau_+ = 0\}$ , is that ...
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Comparing hitting time of two random walks

There are two random walks, $S^t_i=S^{t-1}_i+ X_i^t$ for $i=1,2$, $X^t_i$ i.i.d they have boundaries $h_1$ and $h_2$ respectively. I'm wondering if it's possible to calculate the probability that one ...
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Ito formula proof for bounded functions using stopping time

I'm self studying with the Oksendal book "Stochastic differential equations" and trying to do some exercises by myself. P.57 the exercise asks for the following (a screenshot will save us typing ...
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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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Property of Brownian Motion's paths

We are considering a Brownian Motion $(B_t)_t$ with values in $\mathbb{R} $ starting from $x$ defined on the stochastic basis: $$(\Omega,\mathcal{E},(\mathcal{F}_t)_t,\mathbb{P}^x)$$ Then, let's ...
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Hitting time for Brownian Motion Surplus Process

I'm trying to solve this question for a continuous surplus process. The surplus process is $$U_s=U_0+s-B_s$$ where $B_t$ is a Brownian motion representing payouts, $U_0$ is starting capital, $s$ is ...
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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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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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Stopping time and filtration

My question is as follow: Let $(\Omega,\cal{F}_\infty,\{\cal{F}_t\},\mathbb{P})$ be the filtred probability space. Further, denote $\cal{F}^*_t$ as the usual augmented filtration. Now, given a ...
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Markov chains and natural filtration

I have the following problem Consider a homogeneous Markov chain $(X_n)$ with countable state set $E$. Suppose that $A$ is a proper subset of $E$ and consider the stopping times $\tau^0=0 $ and ...
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Find an example such that $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ and $\mathcal{F}_\infty$ differ on $\{\tau = \infty\}$.

I need to find an example such that the following is true: $\tau$ is a stopping time and $\mathcal{F}$ is a filtration defined on $\mathbb{R}_+$. Let $\mathcal{F}_\tau$ denote the stopped ...
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Stopping time problem - Show that T is bounded

Let $a< 0 < b$ and $W_t$ is Brownian motion $T_a$=inf{$t\ge$0|$W_t\le a$} $T_b$=inf{$t\ge$0|$W_t\ge b$} T=min{$T_a$,$T_b$} $1)$ Show that $T$ $<$ $\infty$ My attempt : ...
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Jump time of a previsible process is previsible?

Here is my question: In our setups, the filtration satisfies the usual condition. $V$ is an increasing process with only jumps (between the jumps it is flat). We also know that $V$ is right ...
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Show $L$ is not a stopping time

Let $L = \sup\{ n : n \le 10; A_n \in B \}$, $B \in \mathcal B$, $\sup\{\emptyset \}=0$. $(A_n)_{n \ge1}$ is a process adapted by a natural filtration $\{\mathcal F_n\}.$ Show that $L$ is NOT a ...
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Hitting time Distribution of a Gaussian Random Walk

I am trying to find out the exponential decay rate of the Probability $Pr(T>n)$ where $T$ is the first hitting time of a gaussian random walk with i.i.d random variables i.e. ...
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Stopping time problem

I have some difficulty understanding following problem. I need to show any non random time $T$ is a stopping time. I know that we have to show {$T\le t$} is $F_t$ measurable. When $t \le T$ this set ...
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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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Adaptedness of random variables

Suppose we have an RCLL adapted process $(X_t)$. Moreover we are given a stopping time $T$. We define $\mathcal{F}_T=\{A\in\mathcal{F}\mid A\cap\{T\le t\}\in \mathcal{F}_t, \text{ for all }t\ge0\}$. ...
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Wald's equation example controversy

I'm trying to get a grip of Wald's equation, applying it to the following example. Suppose, we have a simple sequence of fair coin flips, where heads wins us a dollar, while tails means loss of a ...
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Wald equality, expectation of a stopping time

Let $(X_n)$ be a sequence of iid random variables such that: $$\mathbb{P}(X_k=-1)=q \\ \mathbb{P}(X_k=1)=p=1-q$$ (two points distribution) Let $\tau$ be the first moment when number of successes ...
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Expectation of brownian motion at hitting time

Am i correct in my derivation? I want to calculate $\mathbb{E}B_{\tau_a}$. From the definition of the hitting time i get $B_{\tau_a}=a$, so $$\mathbb{E}B_{\tau_a}=\mathbb{E}a=a$$ I am new to the ...
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Essential supremum of a conditional expectation

Given the function \begin{equation} P(x,t) := \sup\limits_{t \le \tau \le T} E\left( g(X^{t,x}_{\tau}) \right) \end{equation} where $X^{t,x}$ is the unique solution to the SDE \begin{equation} X_u ...
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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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Time after last jump and waiting time before the next jump of Poisson process

Consider $N =(N_t)_{t\geq0}$ a Poisson process of intensity $\lambda > 0$ and $(T_n)_{n\geq 1}$ its jump instants. Then consider for all $t \geq 0$, $Z_t = t- T_{N_t} \mathbb 1 _{\{ t \geq ...
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Conditional distribution of compounded Poisson process

Consider a Poison a process $N = (N_t )_{t\geq 0}$ of intensity $\lambda >0$ whose instants of jumps are $(T_n)_{n\geq0} $ $(T_0 =0)$ and a process $\tilde{N} =(\tilde N_t )_{t\geq 0}$ defined as ...
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find the Law of probability Stopping time $T=inf\{n\ge 0: R_{n}\gt a\}$ for fixed number $a\gt 0$.

suppose $R_{n}=\sum_{i=1}^{n} X_{i}$ for $n\ge 1$ and $R_{0}=0$ , that $X_{i}\gt 0$ Random variables Are independent and distributed.find the Law of probability Stopping time $T=inf\{n\ge 0: ...
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Showing that a hitting time is $\mathbb P-\text{a.e.}$-finite

Let be $\alpha, \beta \in \mathbb R$ such that $\alpha < \beta $ and $x \in [\alpha, \beta ]$. Consider the random time $$T_x = \inf \{ t\geq 0 : x+ B_t \notin [\alpha, \beta]\},$$ where ...
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First hitting time on a element of $\mathcal B ( \mathbb R^d) $ a (right, left) continuous path stochastic process

It's known that, given $\Gamma \in \mathcal B (\mathbb R ^d)$ and $X = > (X_t)_{t\geq 0}$ with right-continuous path, the random time $$T_{\Gamma} = \inf \{ t\geq 0 : X_t (\omega) \in ...
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Probability of winding number in 2D Brownian motion

Let $B_t$ be a 2D Brownian Motion with $B_0 = (1,0)$. Now, express $B_t$ in polars, that is, $B_t = (r(t), \theta(t))$. Let $\tau = \inf\{t > 0 : \theta(t) \geq 2 \pi \}$. What is $\mathbb{P}[\tau ...
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Bounding the expectation of monotone function of stopping times of Brownian motion

Let $X_t$ be a standard Brownian motion and let $Y_t:=X_t + \epsilon B_t$ where $B_t$ is an independent standard Brownian motion and $\epsilon>0$ is small. Let f be a monotone increasing function. ...
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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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Moving boundaries for Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes

Let $\tau(X_t)$ be the first-passing time to the moving boundary $a(t)$ for an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process $X_t$. I wonder how general an $a$ can be allowed in order to guarantee that $\tau$ becomes ...
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Brownian motion hitting probability

Let $B_t$ be a brownian motion and $g(t)$ a function of the time $t$. $B_0=0$. Let $\Phi$ be the c.d.f. of a normal distribution. At time $t$, the probability that $B_t > g(t)$ equals ...
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First hitting time for a brownian motion with a exponential boundary

Let $B_t$ be the standard Brownian Motion. Is the distribution/density of the first hitting time of $B_t$ for an exponential decaying boundary known? Trying to be more formal, if ...
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Hitting times and stopping times for cadlag processes

Let $X$ be a cadlag stochastic process. If $X$ is continuous, then I already know that $\inf\{t\geq 0: X_t \in C\}$ is a stopping time whenever $C$ is closed in $\mathbb{R}$. What if $X$ is only ...
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Show sequence of hitting times is sequence of stopping times.

Let $(M_t)_{t\geq0}$ be a continuous process, $\epsilon >0$ and define a sequence $(S_n)_{n\geq 0}$ by $S_{i+1}=\inf\{t > S_{i} : M_t - M_{S_i} > \epsilon \}$ and $S_0=0$. Clearly $S_0$ is ...
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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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Implications between $\mathbb P [\tau < \infty] =1 $ and $\tau \in L_1 (\mathbb P)$

We've got the usual filtered stochastic basis $(\Omega, \mathcal F, (\mathcal F_n). \mathbb P), \space \tau : \Omega \to \mathbb{N}\cup \{\infty\}, [\tau \le n] \in \mathcal F_n$ ($\tau$ is an ...
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Stopping time proof

Let $\{X_t, t \ge 0\}$ be a continuous stochastic process and adapted to the filtration $\{\mathcal{F}_t,t\ge 0 \}$ and consider $$ \alpha = \inf\{t, |X_t|>1\}, $$ the first time the the process ...
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coupon collector problem for different number of copies of each coupon type

I would like to pose a question on a variation on the classical coupon collector's problem: coupon type $i$ is to be collected $k_i$ times. What is the expected stopping time or the expected number of ...
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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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Doob's stopping time theorem with unbounded stopping time

Let $(X_t)_{t\geq0}$ be Brownan motion on $\mathbb R$, and $\tau$ is a stopping time adapted with the natural filtration generated by the Brownian motion. If $X_0=0$, $E(e^{\tau/2})<+\infty$. ...
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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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What is $1_{\{\tau_n>0\}}X^{\tau_n}$ process saying?

As title says, what is $1_{\{\tau_n>0\}}X^{\tau_n}$ process? I do have understanding of what stochastic processes are, but not sure what is this specific process saying.
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Favourable modification of “Double or Nothing”

I am working through 'Great expectations: the theory of optimal stopping' by Y.S. Chow, H. Robbins, D. Siegmund and cannot fill in the gap in reasoning regarding the existence of optimal stopping ...
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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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Sum of two stopping times is a stopping time?

Let $\sigma$ and $\tau$ be two stopping times in $\mathscr{F}_t$ and let this filtration satisfy all the usual conditions. Question: Is $\sigma + \tau$ a stopping time? Attempt at a solution: I ...
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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 ...