Questions tagged [brownian-motion]

Questions related to Brownian motion, a continuous stochastic process denoted by $W_t$, $t\geq 0$, with independent increments, such that $W(t)-W(s)$ is normally distributed, with $0$ mean and variance $t-s$.

Brownian motion is a continuous stochastic process denoted by $W_t$, $t\geq 0$, with independent increments, such that $W_t-W_s\sim\mathcal{N}(0,t-s)$, i.e. the increments are normally distributed with $0$ mean and variance $t-s$. Links:

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What is the importance of the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion?

I have read that the infinitesimal generator of Brownian motion is $\frac{1}{2}\small\triangle$. Unfortunately, I have no background in semigroup theory, and the expositions of semigroup theory I have found lack any motivation or intuition. What is…
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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 $H_a = \inf \{ t: X_t =a \}$ for $ a >0$. Show that for $c \in \mathbb{R}$,…
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Collection: Results on stopping times for Brownian motion (with drift)

The aim of this question is to collect results on stopping times of Brownian motion (possibly with drift), with a focus on distributional properties: distributions of stopping times (Laplace transform, moments,..) distributional properties of the…
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Integral of Brownian motion is Gaussian?

Let $(W_t)$ be a standard Brownian motion, so that $W_t \sim N(0,t)$. I'm trying to show that the random variable defined by $Z_t = \int_0^t W_s \ ds$ is a Gaussian random variable, but have not gotten very far. I tried approximating the integral by…
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The probability that a linear Brownian motion will hit a curve

Summary I am trying to estimate the probability that a standard linear Brownian motion will hit some curve. To make things a bit simple, I can assume that the curve is a graph of a function, that is is positive at $t=0$, that it is bounded from left…
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Can I apply the Girsanov theorem to an Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process?

Let $W_t$ be a standard Brownian motion, and $X_t$ a measurable adapted process. Girsanov's theorem says that under certain conditions, the Brownian motion with drift $Y_t = W_t - \int_0^t X_s\,ds$ can be a Brownian motion under a certain…
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Uniqueness of Brownian motion

May be it is a dumb question, but it vexed me a little bit. I understand the construction of the Brownian motion (first use Kolmogorov extension theorem to construct value at dyadic times and then use (Kolmogorov again?) continuity theorem to fill…
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Difference between weak ( or martingale ) and strong solutions to SDEs

Hi Im fairly new to SDE theory and am struggling with the difference between a weak ( or martingale ) solution and a strong solution to an SDE : $$ d(X_{t})=b(t,X_{t})dt + \sigma(t,X_{t})dW_{t} $$ Are these two differences and what do they really…
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What is "white noise" and how is it related to the Brownian motion?

In the Chapter 1.2 of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: An Introduction by Wei Liu and Michael Röckner, the authors introduce stochastic partial differential equations by considering equations of the form $$\frac{{\rm d}X_t}{{\rm…
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Does Brownian motion visit every point uncountably many times?

Let $B_t$ be a one-dimensional standard Brownian motion. Is it true that, almost surely, for every $x \in \mathbb{R}$ the set $\{t : B_t = x\}$ is uncountable? Let $A_x$ be the event that $\{t : B_t = x\}$ is uncountable. It is well known that…
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Implementing Ornstein–Uhlenbeck in Matlab

I am reading this article on Wikipedia, where three sample paths of different OU-processes are plotted. I would like to do the same to learn how this works, but I face troubles implementing it in Matlab. I think I have to discretize this equation…
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Quadratic variation of Brownian motion and almost-sure convergence

Say that $W(t)$ is a Brownian motion. The quadratic variation $[W,W](t)$ is defined in terms of a partition $\Pi = \{0 = t_0 < t_1 < \cdots < t_n = t\}$ by $$ \begin{split} [W,W](t) &= \lim_{|\Pi|\to 0} \sum_{j=0}^{n-1} \Big( W(t_{j+1}) - W(t_j)…
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Showing that Brownian motion is bounded with non-zero probability

How do you show, that for every bound $\epsilon$, there is a non-zero probability that the motion is bounded on a finite interval. i.e. $$\mathbb{P} (\sup_{t\in[0,1]} |B(t)| < \epsilon) > 0$$ I tried using the reflection principle, I can show that…
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Brownian motion and Beta distribution

I am interested in the distribution of the time that the standard Brownian $W_t$ motion on $[0,1]$ satisfies the following inequality: $$W_t \ge stW(1)$$ For different values of $s$. I conjecture that the distribution is always a Beta distribution…
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Wiener Process $dB^2=dt$

Why is $dB^2=dt$? Every online source I've come across lists this as an exercise or just states it, but why isn't this ever explicitly proved? I know that $dB=\sqrt{dt}Z$, but I don't know what squaring a Gaussian random variable means.
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