# Stochastic process, generalized

A stochastic process $ X $
depending on a continuous (time) argument $ t $
and such that its values at fixed moments of time do not, in general, exist, but the process has only "smoothed values" $ X ( \phi ) $
describing the results of measuring its values by means of all possible linear measuring devices with sufficiently smooth weight function (or impulse transition function) $ \phi ( t) $.
A generalized stochastic process $ x ( \phi ) $
is a continuous linear mapping of the space $ D $
of infinitely-differentiable functions $ \phi $
of compact support (or any other space of test functions used in the theory of generalized functions) into the space $ L _ {0} $
of random variables $ X $
defined on some probability space. Its realizations $ x ( \phi ) $
are ordinary generalized functions of the argument $ t $.
Ordinary stochastic processes $ X ( t) $
can also be regarded as generalized stochastic processes, for which

$$ X ( \phi ) = \int\limits _ {- \infty } ^ \infty \phi ( t) X ( t) d t ; $$

this is particularly useful in combination with the fact that a generalized stochastic process $ X $ always has derivatives $ X ^ {(} n) $ of any order $ n $, given by

$$ X ^ {(} n) ( \phi ) = ( - 1 ) ^ {n} X ( \phi ^ {(} n) ) $$

(see, for example, Stochastic process with stationary increments). The most important example of a generalized stochastic process of non-classical type is that of white noise. A generalization of the concept of a generalized stochastic process is that of a generalized random field.

For references, see Random field, generalized.

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[a1] | I.M. Gel'fand, N.Ya. Vilenkin, "Generalized functions. Applications of harmonic analysis" , 4 , Acad. Press (1964) (Translated from Russian) |

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