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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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Stopping time for sum of iid random variables.

Suppose we have $m$-sided biased die. Let $X_i$ be the outcome of the $i$'th roll with the die. Furthermore let $\mathbb{P}[X_i=k]=p_k$ with $k \in \{1,...,m\}$. We define $T=\min\{n\text{ ...
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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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stopping time expectation for gambler's ruin

2 players A and B start with x & y dollars respectively, and they bet against each other 1 dollar each time by tossing a fair coin. I let $X_n = x + \sum_{i=1}^{n}\xi_i$ where $\xi_i$ are i.i.d. ...
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Expectation related to renewal measure

Let $X_1,X_2,\ldots$ be i.i.d. random variables, and $S_n=X_1+\cdots+X_n$. Assume that $0 < \mathbf{E}(X_1) < \infty$ (but don't assume that the $X_i$ are $>0$). Let $N$ be the almost surely ...
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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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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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Expectation of a stopping time of a Wiener process

How can we calculate $\mathbb{E}(\tau)$ when $\tau=\inf\{t\geq0:B^2_t=1-t\}$? If we can prove that $\tau$ is bounded a.s. (i.e. $\mathbb{E}[\tau]<\infty$), then we can use the fact that ...
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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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Minimum of two stopping times is a stopping time.

So far I've already shown that the sum and the maximum of two stopping times is a stopping time, but the minimum is giving me some problems which I just can't get around. This is what I've tried: Let ...
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Stopping time on Wiener Process

Let $W_t$ be a Wiener process and for $a\geq0$ $$\tau_a:=\inf \left\{ t\geq0: |W_t|=\sqrt{at+7} \right\}.$$ Is $\tau_a<\infty$ almost everywhere? What about $E(\tau_a)$ then?
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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 ...