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How do you prove that this is a Martingale

  1. May 4, 2013 #1
    So the following process involves W(t) which is Brownian Motion, and I need to prove that it is a martingale.


    The problem I am having is the integral. My professor did a lot of integrals w.r.t. W(t), but he didn't do very many integrals where W(t) was in the integrand and we were differentiating w.r.t. t.

    I feel like I am going to use Ito's formula/rule, but I'm not sure how. I'm still a bit unclear on what is "allowed" with derivatives and integrals of Brownian motion, and w.r.t. Brownian motion. Any recommendations or suggestions as to a direction would be great.
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  3. Jun 11, 2013 #2
    Well Ito says that
    [tex] dX=\frac{\partial X}{\partial W}dW+\frac{1}{2}\frac{\partial^2 X}{\partial W^2}dW^2[/tex]
    for your function of W. Since
    [tex]dW^2=dt [/tex]
    that means the process for dX is a martingale if the dt term is zero. That is, dX is a martingale if it has "zero drift." So now we must show that
    [tex] \frac{1}{2}\frac{\partial^2 X}{\partial W^2}dt=0 [/tex]
    [tex] \frac{\partial^2 X}{\partial W^2}=0 [/tex]
    Hope it helps
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