Stochastic calculus provides a consistent theory of integration for stochastic processes and is used to model random systems. Its applications range from statistical physics to quantitative finance.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $\frac{1}{N}$: $$ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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). ...
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Does a theory of stochastic differential algebras exist?

My question is motivated primarily by finance, where a non-technical student will learn how to approach SDEs using the symbolic manipulation of Itô calculus and the few basic rules of Brownian motion, ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: $$M_t=\max_{0\leq s\leq t}\,W_s$$ ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $u(t,s)$ ...
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What are the difference between modeling with stochastic differential equations (SDE) and ordinary differential equations (ODE) with a random force?

There are lots of differences between SDE and ODE. From the theoretical point of view an also from the numerical algorithms used for simulations. But I am interested in knowing if there is a point ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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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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 ...
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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}^+), ...
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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 ...
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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; ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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} ...
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What does progressively measurable actually entail?

There is a definition that has always left nagging questions in my mind. To set it up, let $(\Omega, \cal{A}, (\cal{F}_t)_{t\geq 0}, P)$ be a filtered probability space. From Comets & Meyre's ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 $X$ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)} ...
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Reference request: Stochastic integration and martingale theory on the whole real line

I'm looking for a thorough treatment of stochastic integration and/or martingale theory on the whole real line, i.e. a way to construct a Brownian motion $(B_s)_{s \in \mathbb{R}}$ (if a two-sided BM ...
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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 $$ \partial_t u(t,x) = b(x) \partial_x u(t,x) + \frac{1}{2} \sigma(x)^2 \partial_{x,x} u(t,x) $$ ...
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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 ...
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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 ...