Wiener process
2020 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 60J65 [MSN][ZBL]
A homogeneous Gaussian process $ X( t) $ with independent increments. A Wiener process serves as one of the models of Brownian motion. A simple transformation will convert a Wiener process into the "standard" Wiener process $ X( t) $, $ t \geq 0 $, for which
$$ X ( 0) = 0,\ \ {\mathsf E} ( X ( t) - X ( s)) = 0, $$
$$ {\mathsf D} [ X ( t) - X ( s)] = t - s,\ s \leq t. $$
For these average values and incremental variances, this is the only almost-surely continuous process with independent increments. In what follows, the Wiener process will be understood to be this process.
The Wiener process $ X( t) $, $ 0 \leq t \leq 1 $, can also be defined as the Gaussian process with zero expectation and covariance function
$$ B ( s, t) = \min ( s, t). $$
The Wiener process $ X= X( t) $, $ t \geq 0 $, may also be defined as the homogeneous Markov process with transition function
$$ P ( t, x, \Gamma ) = \int\limits _ \Gamma p ( t, x, y) dy, $$
where the transition density $ p( t, x, y) $ is the fundamental solution of the parabolic differential equation
$$ \frac{\partial p }{\partial t } = \ { \frac{1}{2} } \frac{\partial ^ {2} p }{\partial x ^ {2} } , $$
given by the formula
$$ p ( t, x, y) = \ \frac{1}{\sqrt {2 \pi t } } e ^ {-( y- x) ^ {2} / 2t } . $$
The transition function $ P( t, x, \Gamma ) $ is invariant with respect to translations in the phase space:
$$ P ( t, x + y, \Gamma ) = P ( t, x, \Gamma - y), $$
where $ \Gamma - y $ denotes the set $ \{ {z } : {z + y \in \Gamma } \} $.
The Wiener process is the continuous analogue of the random walk of a particle which, at discrete moments of time $ t= k \Delta t $( multiples of $ \Delta t $), is randomly displaced by a quantity $ \Delta X( t) $, independent of the past ( $ {\mathsf E} \Delta X( t) = 0 $, $ {\mathsf D} \Delta X( t) = \Delta t $); more precisely, if
$$ X ( t) = \ \sum _ {k = 0 } ^ { {m- } 1 } \Delta X \left ( { \frac{k}{n} } \right ) + ( nt - m) \Delta X \left ( { \frac{m}{n} } \right ) ,\ \ 0 \leq t \leq 1, $$
is the random trajectory of the motion of such a particle on the interval $ [ 0, 1] $( where $ m= [ nt] $ is the integer part of $ nt $, $ X( t) = nt \Delta X ( 0) $ if $ 0 \leq t < 1/n $ and $ {\mathsf P} _ {n} $ is the corresponding probability distribution in the space of continuous functions $ x= x( t) $, $ 0 \leq t \leq 1 $), then the probability distribution $ {\mathsf P} $ of the trajectory of the Wiener process $ X( t) $, $ 0 \leq t \leq 1 $, is the limit (in the sense of weak convergence) of the distributions $ {\mathsf P} _ {n} $ as $ n \rightarrow \infty $.
As a function with values in the Hilbert space $ L _ {2} ( \Omega ) $ of all random variables $ X $ with $ {\mathsf E} X ^ {2} < \infty $, in which the scalar product is defined by the formula
$$ \langle X _ {1} , X _ {2} \rangle = {\mathsf E} X _ {1} X _ {2} , $$
the Wiener process $ X = X( t) $, $ 0 \leq t \leq 1 $, may be canonically represented as follows:
$$ X ( t) = \sum _ {k = 0 } ^ \infty z _ {k} \phi _ {k} ( t), $$
where $ z _ {k} $ are independent Gaussian variables:
$$ {\mathsf E} z _ {k} = 0,\ \ {\mathsf D} z _ {k} = \frac{1}{\left [ { \frac \pi {2} } ( 2k + 1) \right ] ^ {2} } , $$
and
$$ \phi _ {k} ( t) = \ \sin \left [ { \frac \pi {2} } ( 2k + 1) t \right ] ,\ \ k = 0, 1 \dots $$
are the eigenfunctions of the operator $ B $ defined by the formula
$$ B \phi ( t) = \int\limits _ { 0 } ^ { 1 } B ( s, t) \phi ( s) ds $$
in the Hilbert space $ L _ {2} [ 0, 1] $ of all square-integrable (with respect to Lebesgue measure) functions $ \phi $ on $ [ 0, 1] $.
Almost-all trajectories of the Wiener process have the following properties:
$$ {\lim\limits \sup } _ {h \rightarrow \infty } \ \frac{X ( h) }{\sqrt {2 h \mathop{\rm ln} \mathop{\rm ln} { \frac{1}{h} } } } = 1,\ \ X ( 0) = 0, $$
which is the law of the iterated logarithm;
$$ \lim\limits _ {h \rightarrow + 0 } \ \sup _ {0 \leq t \leq \delta - h } \ \frac{| X ( t+ h) - X ( t) | }{\sqrt {2 h \mathop{\rm ln} { \frac \delta {h} } } } = 1, $$
characterizing the modulus of continuity on $ [ 0, h] $; and
$$ \lim\limits _ {h \rightarrow \infty } \sum _ {k = 0 } ^ { {n- } 1 } | \Delta X ( kh) | ^ {2} = \delta , $$
$$ h = \frac \delta {n} ,\ \Delta X ( t) = X ( t+ h) - X ( t). $$
When applied to the Wiener process $ X _ {1} ( t) = tX( 1/t) $, $ 0 \leq t < \infty $, the law of the iterated logarithm reads:
$$ {\lim\limits \sup } _ {t \rightarrow \infty } \frac{X ( t) }{\sqrt {2 t \mathop{\rm ln} \mathop{\rm ln} t } } = 1. $$
The distributions of the maximum $ \max _ {0 \leq s \leq t } X( s) $, of the time $ r _ {x} $ at which the Brownian particle first reaches a fixed point $ x > 0 $ and of the location $ \tau $ of the maximum $ \max _ {0 \leq s \leq t } X( s) $ give insight in the nature of the movement of a Brownian particle; these distributions are given by the following formulas:
$$ {\mathsf P} \left \{ \max _ {0 \leq s \leq t } X( s) \right \} = \frac{2}{\sqrt {2 \pi t } } \int\limits _ { x } ^ \infty e ^ {- u ^ {2} /2t } du , $$
$$ P \{ \tau _ {x} \geq t \} = P \left \{ \max _ {0 \leq s \leq t } X ( s) \leq x \right \} = $$
$$ = \ \sqrt { \frac{2} \pi } \int\limits _ { 0 } ^ { {x/ } \sqrt t } e ^ {- u ^ {2} /2 } d u , $$
while the simultaneous density of the maximum $ \max _ {0 \leq s \leq t } X( s) $ and its location $ \tau $ is given by:
$$ {\mathsf P} \{ \tau _ {x} \geq t \} = \ \sqrt { \frac{2} \pi } \int\limits _ { 0 } ^ { {x } / \sqrt t } e ^ {- u ^ {2} /2t } d u , $$
$$ 0 < s < t ,\ 0 \leq x < \infty . $$
(The laws of the Wiener process remain unchanged on transforming the phase space $ x \rightarrow - x $.) The joint distribution of the maximum point $ \tau $, $ 0 \leq \tau \leq t $, and of the maximum $ \max _ {0\leq s \leq t } X( s) $ itself has the probability density
$$ p ( s, x) = \ { \frac{1}{\pi \sqrt {s ( t- s) } } } { \frac{x}{s} } e ^ {- x ^ {2} / 2s } , $$
$$ 0 \leq s \leq t,\ 0 \leq x < \infty , $$
while the point $ \tau $ by itself (with probability one there is only one maximum on the interval $ 0 \leq s \leq t $) is distributed according to the arcsine law:
$$ {\mathsf P} \{ \tau \leq s \} = \ { \frac{2} \pi } \mathop{\rm arc} \sin \sqrt { \frac{s}{t} } ,\ \ 0 \leq s \leq t, $$
with the probability density:
$$ p ( s) = { \frac{1}{\pi \sqrt s( t- s) } } ,\ \ 0 \leq s \leq t. $$
The following properties of the Wiener process are readily deduced from the formulas given above. The Brownian trajectory is nowhere differentiable; on starting from any point $ x $ this trajectory crosses the "level" $ x $( returns to its initial point) infinitely many times with probability one, however short the time $ \delta $; the Brownian trajectory passes through all points $ x $( more precisely, $ \tau _ {x} < \infty $) with probability one (the most probable value of $ \tau _ {x} $ is of the order $ x ^ {2} $ for large $ x $); this trajectory, if considered on a fixed interval $ [ 0, t] $, tends to attain the extremal values near the end-points $ s= 0 $ and $ s= t $.
Since a Wiener process is a homogeneous Markov process, there exists an invariant measure $ Q( d x) $ for it, namely:
$$ Q ( A) \equiv \int\limits Q ( dx) P ( t, x, A), $$
which, since the transition function $ P( t, x, A) $ has been seen to be invariant, coincides with the Lebesgue measure on the real line: $ Q( d x) = d x $. The time $ T( A) $ which a Brownian particle spends in $ A $ between the times 0 and $ T $ is such that
$$ \frac{T ( A _ {1} ) }{T ( A _ {2} ) } \rightarrow \ \frac{Q ( A _ {1} ) }{Q ( A _ {2} ) } $$
as $ T \rightarrow \infty $, with probability one for any bounded Borel sets $ A _ {1} $ and $ A _ {2} $.
Wiener random fields, introduced by P. Lévy [L], are analogues of the Wiener process $ X = X( t) $ for a vector parameter $ t = ( t _ {1} \dots t _ {n} ) $.
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[P] | V.P. Pavlov, "Brownian motion" , Large Soviet Encyclopaedia , 4 (In Russian) |
Comments
The Wiener process is more commonly referred to as Brownian motion in the Western literature. It is by far the most important construct in stochastic analysis. See [Du]–[RY] for up-to-date accounts of its properties. Of particular importance is the theory of local time. The occupation time of a Borel set $ B \subset \mathbf R $ on the interval $ [ 0, t] $ is:
$$ \Gamma _ {t} ( B) = \int\limits _ { 0 } ^ { t } I _ {B} ( X( s)) ds . $$
There exists an almost-surely jointly-continuous random field $ L ( t, x) $ for $ ( t, x) \in \mathbf R _ {+} \times \mathbf R $ such that
$$ \Gamma _ {t} ( B) = 2 \int\limits _ { B } L( t, x) dx; $$
$ L( t, x) $ is the local time at $ x $. For fixed $ x \in \mathbf R $, sample paths of the process $ t \mapsto L( t, x) $ are increasing and continuous but singular with respect to Lebesgue measure.
See also Markov process; Stochastic differential equation.
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