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Localisation in the proof of Ito's formula

I am reading Karatza's and Schreve's book "Stochastic Calculus and Brownian Motion" and I don't understand a strange thing as follows: Let $X=X_0 + A +M $ be a semimartingale, where $A$ is a ...
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Existence of localizing stopping times that reduce a local martingale to a square integrable martingale

Something is weird from a proof that I am reading: The well-known theorem of characterization of quadratic variation states that: Suppose $X$ is a continuous local martingale and $A$ is a continuous ...
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Proving that the indicator function of an interval with stopping times as endpoints is a predictable process

Let $S \leq T$ be two finite stopping times. I would like to show from first principles that $$ X: [0, \infty) \times \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R} ; \quad (t, \omega) \mapsto \mathbf{1}_{(S(\omega), ...
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Probability that Brownian Motion hits $t+1$ before $t-1$

Compute the probability that a brownian motion starting at $0$ hits the line $t+1$ before the line $t-1$. Here is what I did: I figured it has to do with optional stopping theorem. The ...
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Are these two inequalities equivalent?

We have worked in a lecture (about the optional stopping theorem) with the following two inequalites: $\mathbb{E}[T \mid X_0] \leq \frac{X_0}{c}$ and $\mathbb{E}[T ] \leq ...
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Using Girsanov theorem to prove density of stopping time

Let $B$ be a standard Brownian motion and for $a>0$ and $b>0$, and set $$\sigma_{a,b} = \inf\{t\,:\, B_t + bt = a\}.$$ There are at least two ways to solve the following problem (the other one ...
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Floor function of scale of stopping time with translation is non-increasing

Oké, so this question was one we had with a course of Stochastic Integration, it is however part of bigger proof, but I'll formulate the part I am uncertain about. The question is as follows: $T$ is ...
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$E(S_T^2)\not=E (\sum_{i=1}^T \sigma_i^2) $ when $E|T|<\infty$

I am currently learning random walk and come across a problem concerning stopping time. The question asks to give an example that $X_1,X_2,...$ independent r.v. with mean $0$ and variance ...
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Ito's lemma applied to functions involving stopping times

Recently, I come across an exercise in my book that asks us to apply Ito's formula to $$Y_t = e^{rt} \mathbf{1}_{ \{ \tau \leq t \} },$$ where $\tau$ is a stopping time. However, this is an inherent ...
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Sum of two stopping times

This question has been asked here before but I came up with a different answer than the ones given there. So I would like to post it here to get my answer checked. Question: Let $\sigma$ and $\tau$ ...
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The expected time until reaching a specified set in a Markov chain

I am reading an article in which they discuss a specific Markov chain in an example, and it turns out I need to sharpen up my Markov knowledge. First the setup. I have a continuous time Markov chain ...
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Define a maximization problem as an optimal stopping problem

We work over $\mathbb{R}_+^L$. Let $V$ be the set of vectors whose coordinates take values $0$ or $1$. Let $\mathbf{w}(t)$ (in $\mathbb{R}_+^L$) a vector that changes each time slot. To each vector ...
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Ito's formula applied to a stochastic function

The Ito's formula stated in my book is in the form $F(t,X_t)$, where $F: \mathbb{R}^{d+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a $d+1-$dimensional deterministic $C^{1,2}$ function and $(X_t)_{t \geq0}$ is a ...
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Modification of a local martingale

I am quite curious to know if the following is true, which comes up to my mind when reading a paper on SLE: For any local martingale $(X_t)_{t \geq 0}$ and stopping time $\tau$, is it true that $$ ...
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Verifying a proof of martingales.

I am trying to prove the following: Let $T$ be a stopping time bounded by $c$, and let $(X_n)$ be a martingale, then $E(X_T)=E(X_0)$. Here is what I did: $\int ...
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Intuition behind Stopping Times

I'm attending a stocahstic processes course. I have some trouble with the intuition behind a stopping time. I will consider the discrete case to make it simpler. a stopping time is given by ...
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Exponential of Brownian motion with negative drift

I am reading a text on Brownian motion and don't understand the following: Let $X_t = \exp \{ W_t - \frac{t}{2} \}$, where $W$ is a standard Brownian motion on $\mathbb{R}$. Let $T_n = \inf \{ t \geq ...
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$E(X_T; T < \infty) \leq E(X_0)$ with $T$ stopping time

I'm doing this exercise: $(X_n)$ is a non-negative supermartingale and $T$ a stopping time, then $$E(X_T; T < \infty) \leq E(X_0)$$ My attempt: $(X_n)$ is a negative supermartingale, and so ...
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Why rational numbers in stopping times for continuous time processes

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, (\mathcal{F}_t)_{\ge 0},P)$ be a filtered probability space. Let $X_t \in \mathbb{R}^n$ be a continuous stochastic process adapted to $\mathcal{F}_t$. Let $A \subset ...
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Meaning of $\mathcal A_{\tau}$ for stopping time $\tau$.

Let $(X_n)$ be a stochastic process, adapted to a filtration $\mathcal A_n$, and let $\tau$ be a stopping time, then $$ \mathcal A_{\tau} := \left\{ A \in \sigma\left(\bigcup_n A_n\right) : A \cap \{ ...
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Brownian motion: first-hitting-time with double barrier [closed]

Let $(B_t)_t$ be a standard ($B_0=0$) Brownian motion , and $$ T_{a,b} = \inf\{t>0 : B_t \not\in(a,b)\} $$ where $a<0<b$. What is the expected first-passage time $\mathbf{E}[T_{a,b}]$?
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Optional Stopping Theorem for Stochastic Processes with Constant Mean (and not a Martingale)

Let $(X_n)_{n\geq 1}$ be a martingale with respect to $(Y_n)_{n\geq 1}$, i.e., the martingale condition $$ \mathbb{E}[X_n|Y_1, \ldots, Y_{n-1}] = X_{n-1} $$ holds. From this condition, it follows ...
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Uniformly integrable martingales and stopping time

I want to prove the statement below: Theorem: Let $(Y_n,\mathfrak{F})$ be a uniformly integrable martingale. Show that $(Y_{T\wedge n},\mathfrak{F})$ is a uniformly integrable martingale for any ...
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Unbounded stopping time

Suppose we have a sequence of i.i.d. random variables $(X_n)_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ with $\mathbf{P}(X_n = -1) = \frac{1}{2}, \mathbf{P}(X_n = 0) = \frac{1}{3}, \mathbf{P}(X_n = 1) = \frac{1}{6}$. Denote ...
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Proof that a stopped continuous-time martingale is a martingale.

The proof for a stopped discrete-time martingale is shown as follows. Let $M=(M_n)_{n\ge0}$ be a discrete-time martinglae w.r.t. the filtration $(\mathcal F_n)_{n\ge0}$, and let $M^T=(M_{n\land ...
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Strong markov property in two dimensional Brownian motion

I don't understand the following claim from my book: Let $(B_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion. Let $u:\Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function, where $\Omega$ is a domain and $B(x, ...
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Expectation of hitting time for simple symmetric random walk

Assume there is a simple symmetric random walk $$S_n=X_1+...+X_n,\quad S_0=0$$ where $\mathbb P(X_i=\pm 1)=\frac{1}{2}$. Define $T=\inf\{n:S_n=1\}$. How to compute $\mathbb E(T)$? My idea: if ...
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Stopping time, event, simple description

Let us suppose that we have two stopping times $T$ and $S$, where $T \leq S$. Can someone explain on a practical example why is event ${(T \leq n)} \subseteq {(S \leq n)}$?
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independence of stopping time and a sigma algebra

Let $(B_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion and $\{ \mathcal{F}_t \}$ be the filtration generated by the Brownian motion. For a stopping time $\tau$, we know that $\{B_{\tau + t} - B_{\tau}\}_{t \geq ...
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Laplace transform of stopping times

I am nearly done with a question: Let $(B_t)$ be a Brownian motion on $\mathbb{R}$. For a fixed $x >0$, let $\tau$ be a stopping time defined by $$ \tau = \inf \{t \geq 0 : B_t \not \in (-x,x) ...
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Hitting time process of Brownian motion [closed]

I am stuck with this problem: Let $(B_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion in $\mathbb{R}$. For $t \geq 0$, let $$ H_t = \inf \{ s \geq 0 : B_s = t \}, \quad S_t = \inf \{ s \geq 0 : B_s > t \}. $$ ...
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Stopped process of Brownian motion

I am baffled about the following problem: Let $(B_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion. Let $$ \tau:= \inf\{ t \geq 0 :B_t = x \} \wedge \inf\{ t \geq 0 :B_t = -y \}$$ be a stopping time, where $x,y ...
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Determining if some random variable is a stopping time

I am stuck on this issue: Let $(B_t)$ be a Brownian motion. We know that since $\{0\}$ is a closed set in $\mathbb{R}$ and that $(B_t)$ is a continuous adapted process, $$ \tau:= \inf \{ t\geq 0 : ...
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Bounding an expected hitting time

Consider a stochastic differential equation: $$dX_t = dW_t + \sin(X_t) dt, \, X_0 = x$$ where $W_t$ is a Wiener process. Define $$\tau_1 = \inf \{ t : X_t \in 2 \pi \mathbb{Z} \} \\ \tau_2 = \inf ...
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How to show the expected value of a hitting time Brownian motion?

We have $W_t$ as a Brownian motion and $$T_{−a,b} = \inf \{t ≥ 0 : W_t \not\in [−a, b]\}\qquad a, b > 0$$ How do you show $\mathbb{E} (W_{T_{-a,b}}) = 0$?
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Uniformly integrable martingale in a finite time horizon

Let $\{ M (t) \mid t \in [0,T] \}$ be a martingale and $\{ \tau_n \mid n = 1, 2, \ldots\}$ be an increasing sequence of stopping times such that $\tau_n \rightarrow \infty$ as $n \rightarrow \infty$. ...
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Irreducible Markov chain and finite sets

Let $(X_n)_{n\geq 0}$ be a irreducible Markov chain defined on a countable state space $S.$ Let $F \subset S$ a finite set and $\tau=inf\{n \geq 1; X_n \notin F\}$. If $x \in F$ how to prove that ...
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Simple question about an equality of a stopped process

Let $T$ be stopping time, and $X_n$ be stochastic process. Then the stopped process $X_{n \wedge T}$ can be written as $$X_{n \wedge T} = X_n 1_{T \ge n} + X_T 1_{T < n}$$ where $1_{(\cdot)}$ is ...
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iid random variables and stopping time

This is Exercise 14.30 from Probability for Statistics and Machine Learning. Let $X_i$ be iid with $E|X| < \infty$, and let $T$ be a stopping time adapted to $\{ X_i \}$. Let $S_n = ...
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Density of first hitting time of Brownian motion with drift

I just started learning about Brownian motion and I am struggling with this question: Suppose that $X_t = B_t + ct$, where $B$ is a Brownian motion, $c$ is a constant. Set $H_a = \inf \{ t: X_t =a ...
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Approximation of a unbounded stopping time and convergence of respective $\sigma$-algebras

Fixed a filtration $(\mathscr{F_n})_n$ in a probability space and given a stopping time $\tau$ w.r.t $(\mathscr{F_n})_n$ that is finite almost surely we can construct a non-decreasing sequence of ...
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Stopping Time Subset Proof

My probability textbook has a really crappy proof for the following result. Suppose $S$ and $T$ are stopping times, with $S(\omega) \le T(\omega)$ for all $\omega$. Prove that $\mathcal{F}_S \subset ...
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Stopping time intuition

Let $(X_n)_{n \geq 1}$ be independent and identically distributed random variables with $P(X_n=1)=P(X_n=-1)=\frac {1}{2}$ for all $n \geq 1$ and let $S_n = X_1+X_2+ \cdots +X_n$. If we define a ...
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Bivariate stopped processes

Take two dependent Levy processes $L_1(t)$ and $L_2(t)$ with law $\mathcal{L}(L_1(1),L_2(1)$. If we stop the first process at a general time $t=s_1$ and stop the second process at another general time ...
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Probability of Wiener process hitting a particular point at an independent stopping time

Assume we have a stopping time $T$ that is independent of a Wiener process $W$. If $T$ were taking discrete values (let's say in $\mathbb{N}_0$), one can easily show (using the independence and the ...
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Is this a stopping time or not?

Let $(\xi_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}_0}$ be a sequence of independent identically distributed random variables that take values in $\left\{-1,1\right\}$ with equal probabilities. Define ...
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Is the following rule a stopping time in regards to reverse filtration?

Let $X_1, \dotsc, X_n \sim F$, where $F$ is a distribution function with support in $[0,1]$. For $t \in [0,1]$, define the sigma-algebra: $$ \mathscr{F}_t = \sigma(1_{\{X_i \leq s\}}\;,\; 1 \geq s ...
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Prove that $\text{Var} \tau = \frac{1 − (p − q)^2}{(p-q)^3} $ where $\tau$-stopping time

Let $S_n = \xi_1 + \dots + \xi_n$ be asimetric random walk such that $P(\xi_i = 1) = p > \frac{1}{2}$ and $P(\xi_i = -1) = q $. Let $\sigma^2 =1-(p-q)^2$ and let $X_n=(S_n-n-(p-q)n)^2 - \sigma^2n $ ...
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What is the distribution of the area between a Brownian Bridge and the x-axis?

Lets say that we have a Standard Brownian Bridge ($\sigma=1$) with endpoints $(0,0),(1,0)$ Is there a way to derive the distribution of the area between a sample path of this bridge and the x-axis?? ...
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Optimal Stopping for One-Armed Bandit with a Fixed, Known Payout.

I'm very new to bandit problems (apologies if I've formatted my question incorrectly), but I have to solve the optimal stopping of what I think is a very simple case. I have a bandit problem with one ...