MA 783 - Advanced Stochastic Processes-Fall 2021

Instructor: Konstantinos Spiliopoulos

Office: 111 Cummington Street, Room MCS233D
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-13:30.
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TuTh... 11:00-12:15 at CAS 314

Texts: An Stochastic differential equations, Oksendal, B. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2003.
Recommended Texts:

We will combine many different sources, including selections from textbooks and research articles.

Course Description: Proof-based approach to stochastic processes. Topics may include: Sigma algebra, filtrations, optional sampling theorems, stopping times, martingale theory, Markov processes, Brownian motion, Poisson processes, stochastic integral and related properties, stochastic differential equations, Ito formula, calculus for semimartingales, Markov property, connections to partial differential equations, Fokker-Planck equation.

Prerequisites: MA 779 and MA 780, Probability Theory I and II, or their equivalents; or consent of instructor. The students are required to have a solid understanding of graduate level probability and calculus.

Syllabus (tentative)

I will try to follow the syllabus as closely as possible. However it may change depending on our progress. Any changes will be announced in class and posted here.

Homework assingments:
AssingmentDue DateAssignmentMaterial Covered

Currently the Exam schedule is as follows:
DateAssignmentMaterial Covered
TBA Midterm TBA

Tentative grading policy: Your grade will be based on :(a) Homework (55%), (b) midterm exam (20%) and final exam (25%). The grading policy may change depending on the progress of the class.

Exam & Homeworks:
Exams: There will be one midterm exam and one final exam. The exam material for each one of the two exams will be announced in class and posted on the webpage of the course.
Homeworks: There will be several homeworks, both theoretical and more of applied flavor. The due date of each homework will be announced in class and it will usually be 7-10 days after. The lowest homework will be dropped if you participate in class. Late homeworks will NOT be accepted.

Make-up policy: Make up exams will be given only in extreme circumstances, and only when accompanied by appropriate documentation. Any student with a valid reason to be given a make up exam must contact me prior to the exam, either by email or in person, and present documentation at the next class session attended.