Introduction to Stochastic Integration (Probability and Its Applications)

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9780817633868: Introduction to Stochastic Integration (Probability and Its Applications)

This is a substantial expansion of the first edition. The last chapter on stochastic differential equations is entirely new, as is the longish section §9.4 on the Cameron-Martin-Girsanov formula. Illustrative examples in Chapter 10 include the warhorses attached to the names of L. S. Ornstein, Uhlenbeck and Bessel, but also a novelty named after Black and Scholes. The Feynman-Kac-Schrooinger development (§6.4) and the material on re­ flected Brownian motions (§8.5) have been updated. Needless to say, there are scattered over the text minor improvements and corrections to the first edition. A Russian translation of the latter, without changes, appeared in 1987. Stochastic integration has grown in both theoretical and applicable importance in the last decade, to the extent that this new tool is now sometimes employed without heed to its rigorous requirements. This is no more surprising than the way mathematical analysis was used historically. We hope this modest introduction to the theory and application of this new field may serve as a text at the beginning graduate level, much as certain standard texts in analysis do for the deterministic counterpart. No monograph is worthy of the name of a true textbook without exercises. We have compiled a collection of these, culled from our experiences in teaching such a course at Stanford University and the University of California at San Diego, respectively. We should like to hear from readers who can supply VI PREFACE more and better exercises.

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A highly readable introduction to stochastic integration and stochastic differential equations, this book combines developments of the basic theory with applications. It is written in a style suitable for the text of a graduate course in stochastic calculus, following a course in probability.

 

Using the modern approach, the stochastic integral is defined for predictable integrands and local martingales; then Itô’s change of variable formula is developed for continuous martingales. Applications include a characterization of Brownian motion, Hermite polynomials of martingales, the Feynman-Kac functional and Schrödinger equation. For Brownian motion, the topics of local time, reflected Brownian motion, and time change are discussed.

 

New to the second edition are a discussion of the Cameron-Martin-Girsanov transformation and a final chapter which provides an introduction to stochastic differential equations, as well as many exercises for classroom use.

 

This book will be a valuable resource to all mathematicians, statisticians, economists, and engineers employing the modern tools of stochastic analysis.

 

The text also proves that stochastic integration has made an important impact on mathematical progress over the last decades and that stochastic calculus has become one of the most powerful tools in modern probability theory.

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An attractive text...written in [a] lean and precise style...eminently readable. Especially pleasant are the care and attention devoted to details... A very fine book.

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"An attractive text...written in [a] lean and precise style...eminently readable. Especially pleasant are the care and attention devoted to details... A very fine book."

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