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### Intuition and/or visualisation of Ito integral/Ito's lemma

Riemann-sums can e.g. be very intuitively visualized by rectangles that approximate the area under the curve.
See e.g. Wikipedia:Riemann sum
The Ito integral has due to the unbounded total variation ...

**18**

votes

**3**answers

1k views

### Do convex and decreasing functions preserve the semimartingale property?

Some time ago I spent a lot of effort trying to show that the semimartingale property is preserved by certain functions. Specifically, that a convex function of a semimartingale and decreasing ...

**16**

votes

**5**answers

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### Brownian motion and spheres

Consider a Brownian motion on $[0;1]$. A (finite) discrete approximation of this Brownian motion consists of $N$ iid Gaussian random variables $\Delta W_i$ of variance $\frac{1}{N}$:
$$ ...

**16**

votes

**2**answers

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### Big Picture: What is the connection of Malliavin calculus with differential geometry?

I know that Paul Malliavin was heavily influenced by ideas from differential geometry while developing his calculus on Wiener space. But what are the concrete analogies between both areas of ...

**13**

votes

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### Wiener process related counterexample

The Wiener process is defined by the three properties:
1. $W(0) = 0$,
2. $W(t)$ is almost surely continuous, and
3. $W(t)$ has independent increments with $W(t) - W(s) \sim N(0, t-s)$ (for $0 ≤ s ...

**13**

votes

**1**answer

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### Bochner integral of stochastic process = path by path Lebesgue integral?

After some helpful comments, I realized that I had to repost this question in a more systematic way.
On a complete probability space, let $\mathcal{H}_0$ denote the Hilbert space of square ...

**13**

votes

**1**answer

427 views

### Fictitious density of paths of diffusion processes outside the Cameron--Martin space

Let $X_t$ be an $n$-dimensional diffusion process satisfying the following Itō SDE over $[0,1]$:
$$dX_t = f(X_t)\,dt + dW_t,$$
where $W_t$ is an $n$-dimensional Wiener process and $f$ is of class ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

897 views

### surprisingly difficult filtration problem

I am interested in a proof of the following statement which seems intuitive, but is somehow really tricky:
Let $X$ be a stochastic process and let $(\mathcal{F}(t) : t \geq 0)$ be the filtration ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

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### Martingales in both discrete and continuous setting

I am wondering, polynomials like
$S_n^4-6n S_n^2+3n^2+2n$ for $$S_n=\sum_{i=1}^n{X_i}$$ where $$\mathbb{P}(X_i=1)=\mathbb{P}(X_i=-1)=\frac{1}{2}$$ is a martingale (under the conventional filtration). ...

**10**

votes

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564 views

### Inequality in Gaussian space — possibly provable by rearrangement?

The following problem arose for my collaborators and me when studying the computational complexity of the Maximum-Cut problem.
Let $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be an odd function. Let $\rho \in ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Convergence and non-convergence of left-point and mid-point Riemann sums

In standard calculus it is a well known fact that left-point and mid-point Riemann sums do become equal in the limit. When it comes to stochastic integration this is no longer the case. Taking the ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

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### Karhunen–Loève approximation of Brownian motion and diffusions

The Karhunen–Loève theorem says that Brownian motion on the interval [0,1] can be represented as follows:
$W_t = \sum_{n=1}^\infty Z_n \frac{\sin((n-1/2)\pi t)}{(n-1/2)\pi},$
where $Z_n \sim ...

**8**

votes

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### Discrete version of Ito's lemma

Could anyone give me some references where I could find
(a) discrete version(s) of Ito's lemma
(b) a proof how it converges to the continuous form in the limit
(c) its usage within stochastic ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

468 views

### Joint law of the time integral of Brownian motion and its maximum

Suppose $W_t$ is a standard one dimensional Brownian motion. Let $M_t$ and $I_t$ be its running maximum and time integral, respectively:
$$M_t=\max_{0\leq s\leq t}\,W_s$$
...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

283 views

### When is it possible to construct a joint law from its two-dimensional marginals?

My question is much more specific than the title:
Given a symmetric
distribution $\Xi$ on $\mathbb R^2$, when is it possible to construct a sequence $\xi_1,\xi_2,\dots$ of random variables such ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

421 views

### Can every discrete martingale be embedded in a continuous martingale?

Let $(X_k)_{k=0,1,..., n}$ be a discrete martingale defined on some probability space $(\Omega,\mathcal{F},\mathbb{P})$. I would like to know whether there exists a (continuous) martingale ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

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### Feynman-Kac for jump-diffusion

I'm looking for a more general Feynman-Kac formula that works in the case of jump-diffusion processes.
I know that, given a pure diffusion process like
$$dS_t=\mu_tdt+\sigma_tdW_t,$$ if $u(t,s)$ ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

616 views

### Strong Markov property for Poisson point process

The question is thoroughly contained in the title. I just say that I would only like to find a reference for this question. I have searched in some books, to no avail.
Here is what I mean exactly. ...

**6**

votes

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988 views

### Brownian Motion Winding Number

Take a simple random walk $\gamma$ in the complex plane conditioned to start at point $a$ and end at point $b$. For this random walk, we can define the winding number $W_\gamma(a,b)$ around $b$ in the ...

**6**

votes

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313 views

### A version of Wald identity

Let $W$ be a standard one-dimensional Brownian motion. Let $T$ be a stopping time with $\mathbb{E}\sqrt{T}<+\infty$. Then
$$\mathbb{E}W_T=0\quad \mathbb{E}W^2_T=\mathbb{E}T$$
I can prove these ...

**6**

votes

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### Solving SDE's on subsets of $R^n$.

I posted this on mathstackexchange to no avail.
It is well-known (see for instance Oskendal's text) that if $T>0$ and
$$b(\cdot,\cdot): [0,T] \times \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

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### Big picture concerning Ito integral, Stratonovich integral and standard results in probability theory

I am confused and don't get the big picture concerning the connection between
Ito integral
Stratonovich integral
Standard results in probability theory concerning skewed distributions.
Example: ...

**6**

votes

**3**answers

607 views

### A simple decomposition for fractional Brownian motion with parameter $H<1/2$

Background
Let $X = \{X(t):t \geq 0\}$ be a (standard, real-valued) fractional Brownian motion (fBm) with parameter $H \in (0,1)$, i.e., a continuous centered Gaussian process with covariance ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

540 views

### Change of space-time in Walsh's stochastic integral

One can read about Walsh's construction of martingale integral in the paper (pp.16-23)
www.math.utah.edu/~davar/ps-pdf-files/SPDEBookDK.pdf
For $U,V\in \mathcal{B}(\mathbb{R}\times \mathbb{R}^+), ...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

304 views

### Stochastic Integration via Skorohod Representation

I am interested to know if Ito integrals against Brownian motion can also be constructed via Skorohod representation. By this I mean the following: let $S_n$ be a simple random walk started at zero; ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

155 views

### Brownian motion in $n$ dimensions

Consider a particle starting at the origin in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and undergoing Brownian motion. Is there an expression known for the probability of the particle hitting the sphere $S^{n - 1}_r = \{x \in ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

255 views

### Law of the $L^2$ norm of a Brownian motion and related

Let $B_t$ be a Brownian motion with variance 1. We know that $\int_0^1 B(t) \mathrm{d} t \sim \mathcal{N}(0,1/3)$. I am interested to know what we can say about the law of the two random variables
$X ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

561 views

### A non-degenerate martingale

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a probability space, on which
$\mathcal{F}_t$ is filtration satisfying general conditions.
$W_t$ is
a standard Brownian motion.
Let $Y_t$ be a martingale given by
...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

182 views

### Origins and Industrial Applications of stochastic processes (eg. Brownian motion) on Riemannian manifolds

I am studying BM on Riemannian manifolds and I am curious how this theory started. In the references below (esp. in Hsu's exposition), you will find many applications of that theory such as a ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

327 views

### What is the optimal growth of the constant in BDG?

Let $X$ be a continuous local martingale, and $\langle X \rangle$ be its quadratic variation process. The "standard" proof of Burkholder-Davis-Gundy inequalities found in books yields $(\mathsf{E} ...

**5**

votes

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353 views

### comparing diffusions

Consider a probability distribution $\pi$ on the real axis that has a density (w.r.t Lebesgue) proportional to $e^{-V(x)}$, where $V(\cdot)$ is a potential function. For any reasonable volatility ...

**5**

votes

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### Itô-like calculus for $\alpha$-stable processes $\alpha \neq 2$.

After searching the net, I couldn't find a suitable reference to some extension of the Itô calculus that involves wilder sources of randomness than mere brownian motion.
Motivation : Itô calculus is ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Itô's article “A measure-theoretic approach to Malliavin calculus”

Apart from citations all over the internet, the following paper appears to be off-the-grid.
K. Itô, A measure-theoretic approach to Malliavin calculus, in 'New Trends in Stochastic Analysis', Proc. ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### On the pathwise uniqueness of solutions of SDEs(Stochastic Differential Equations)

Suppose that $(\Omega,\mathscr{F},P)$ is a complete probability space equipped a filtration $\{\mathscr{F}_t\}$ satisfying the usual conditions. $B_t$ is a 1-dimentional Brownian motion with respect ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

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### Martingale representation theorem for Levy processes

Is there an equivalent of martingale representation theorem for Levy processes in some form? I believe there is no such theorem in generality, but maybe there are some specific cases?

**5**

votes

**1**answer

532 views

### Exact simulation of SDE

Consider a one dimensional SDE of the form $dX_t = \mu(X_t) dt + \sigma dW_t$, where $\sigma>0$ is a constant. Under mild regularity assumptions on $\mu(\cdot)$, one can exactly simulate ...

**5**

votes

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490 views

### Symmetric Feller processes and Dirichlet Forms

Let $(G, \mathcal D)$ be a densely defined operator on $C_0$ (continuous functions vanishing at infinity on some nice topological space) whose closure $\bar G$ generates a Feller semigroup and let $X$ ...

**5**

votes

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460 views

### Stochastic Green-Gauss Theorem

Is there a stochastic analog for the Green-Gauss theorem? I'm looking for an expression that relates the flux (or statistical moments of the flux) through a random surface to the divergence of the ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

337 views

### Stieltjes integrals of predictable processes

I am looking for a direct proof of the fact that, roughly speaking, if $S=S_0+A+M$ is an $L^2$ semimartingale, and $M$ (the martingale part) has the martingale representation property, then for any ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

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### how to sample a conditioned diffusion

there are several reasons why we could be interested in sampling conditioned diffusions:
if we observed a diffusion at discrete time and want to do some kind of inference on the parameters of the ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Quadratic variation and predictable quadratic variation for martingales

Let $(M_{t})_{0\le t\le 1}$ be a continuous martingale with respect to the filtration $(\mathcal{F}_{t})_{0\le t\le 1}$. Assume that $E M_1^2<\infty$.
Fix $N$ and consider now a discrete version ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

254 views

### Squaring random Schwartz distributions

Let $\mu$ denote the centered Gaussian measure on $S'(\mathbb{R}^d)$ with covariance
$$
\mathbb{E}
[\phi(f)\phi(g)]=\int_{\mathbb{R}^d} \frac{\overline{\widehat{f}(\xi)}
...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Feynman-Kac theorem: probabilistic proof of existence of solution to parabolic PDE

Friedman (in his book: PDEs of Parabolic Type) shows how to construct a solution to the Cauchy problem
$$
\partial_t u(t,x) = b(x) \partial_x u(t,x) + \frac{1}{2} \sigma(x)^2 \partial_{x,x} u(t,x)
$$
...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Stochastic calculus for several inputs

In "On the Gap Between Deterministic and Stochastic Ordinary Differential Equations," The Annals of Probability, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Feb., 1978), pp. 19-41, Hector J. Sussmann showed that a stochastic ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### When is an ODE a good approximation to an SDE?

Suppose $X_t$ is a weak solution to a stochastic differential equation in the form
$$d X_t = \sigma(X_t) d W_t + \lambda(X_t) dt$$
for smooth functions $\sigma: \mathbb R^d \to L(\mathbb R^d,\mathbb ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

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### Levy jump measure vs. Levy measure vs. sum of jumps

This question might be a bit basic, but I am struggling to understand the connection between various versions of the Ito's lemma for Levy processes (and semimartingales in general). Could someone ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

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### law of iterated logrithm

Let $(\Omega, \mathcal{F}, P)$ be a probability space, on which
$\mathcal{F}_t$ is filtration satisfying general conditions. $W_t$ is
a standard Brownian motion. By law of iterated logarithm, one has
...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

272 views

### Average Value of Area Closed by Brownian Motion

Two dimensional brownian motion will intersect its own path infinitly many times. What is the average value of area, closed by curve during an intersection in brownian motion?

**4**

votes

**3**answers

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### When is a continuous path stochastic process be representable as diffusion or Ito process?

When can a continuous path (Markovian) stochastic process in one dimension be represented as an Ito or a diffusion process? What are the examples when it can not be?

**4**

votes

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### Continuity in intial state of Brownian Motion

$ B = (B_t, \mathcal{F}_t; t\ge 0 ) $ is a 1-d Brownian family on a
measurable space $(\Omega, \mathcal{F})$ with a family of probability
measures $\{\mathbb{P}^x\}$, i.e. $\mathbb{P}^x(B_0
= x) = 1$, ...