Stochastic calculus is a branch of mathematics that operates on stochastic processes. It allows a consistent theory of integration to be defined for integrals of stochastic processes with respect to stochastic processes. It is used to model systems that behave randomly. Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Mathematics Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Mathematics Look up Mathematics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Mathematics Bogomolny, Alexander: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles. ...
In the mathematics of probability, a stochastic process is a random function. ...
The bestknown stochastic process to which stochastic calculus is applied is the Wiener process (named in honor of Norbert Wiener), which is used for modelling Brownian motion as described by Albert Einstein and other physical diffusion processes in space of particles subject to random forces. More recently, the Wiener process has been widely applied in financial mathematics to model the evolution in time of stock and bond prices. In mathematics, the Wiener process, so named in honor of Norbert Wiener, is a continuoustime Gaussian stochastic process with independent increments used in modelling Brownian motion and some random phenomena observed in finance. ...
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The main flavours of stochastic calculus are the Itô calculus and its variational relative the Malliavin calculus. For technical reasons the Itô integral is the most useful for general classes of processes but the related Stratonovich integral is frequently useful in problem formulation (particularly in engineering disciplines) and the integrals can readily be expressed in terms of the Itô integral. The Dominated Convergence theorem does not hold for the Stratonovich integral, consequently it is very difficult to prove results without reexpressing the integrals in Itô form. ItÅ calculus, named after Kiyoshi ItÅ, treats mathematical operations on stochastic processes. ...
The Malliavin calculus, named after Paul Malliavin, is a theory of variational stochastic calculus. ...
The Stratonovich Integral is a stochastic integral, the commonest alternative to the ItÅ integral. ...
Quadraticvariation process
The key to the construction of a stochastic integral is the definition of a quadraticvariation process; the quadratic variation of a general L^{2} bounded martingale X_{t} may be defined as the increasing process [X]_{t} such that In probability theory, a (discretetime) martingale is a discretetime stochastic process (i. ...
 (i)[X]_{0} = 0
 (ii)
 (iii) is a UI martingale.
The proof that such a process may be constructed and is unique is a major hurdle in the development of stochastic calculus. However for an process X_{t} with continuous sample paths it may be shown to be equivalent to the following definition for a partition whose mesh is defined by in terms of which the quadraticvariation process may be defined by A related process is historically sometimes used as the basis of the integral; this process is defined as a previsible process satisfying the first and thirds conditions above. It can be shown that this process is the previsible projection of [X]_{t}. While much of the theory can be developed from this starting point, to approach the theory stochastic integration of discontinuous processes it proves the wrong starting point.
This definition is extended to semimartingales by defining where X^{cm} is the canonical continuous martingale in the decomposition of X i.e. where A is of finite variation. The definition of the quadratic variation process gives rise immediately to the definition of the covariation process can be defined by polarization Stochastic integral of simple process For a sequence of stopping times satisfying , and for each k, H_{k} an measurable random variable, then a process H of the form is said to be a simple process. For X an L^{2} bounded local martingale define the Itô integral as In mathematical analysis, a real or complexvalued function of a real variable is squareintegrable on an interval if the integral over that interval of the square of its absolute value is finite. ...
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In probability theory, a (discretetime) martingale is a discretetime stochastic process (i. ...
This process can be proved to be itself an L^{2} bounded martingale and thus by the usual L^{2} martingale convergence theorem it is only necessary to consider the limiting process which is consequently an element of .
Itô isometry Given the quadraticvariation process, a seminorm may be introduced on the space of previsible stochastic processes where the integral is to be understood in the usual lebesgue sense. This is not a norm, since does not imply that H is the zero process. Let Henri Léon Lebesgue (June 28, 1875  July 26, 1941) was a French mathematician, most famous for his theory of integration. ...
The Itô isometry between L^{2}(X) and is given by This can be shown to hold for simple processes following the definitions above and then via the usual Banach space arguments the isometry allows the definition of the Itô integral to be extended to the space of previsible processes .
Semimartingales as integrators The general Itô integration theory extends naturally to the semimartingales as integrators. For a semimartingale Y which has a DoobMeyer decomposition  Y_{t} = M_{t} + A_{t}
where M is a local martingale starting from zero, and A is a process of finite variation (this decomposition is unique for continuous process, but not in general). The Itô integral of a previsible process Xwith respect to Y is defined by where the first integral is defined by the natural extension of the Itô integral from martingale integrators to local martingale integrators, and the second integral is understood in the usual LebesgueStieltjes sense. Because of the nonuniqueness of the semimartingale decomposition it is necessary to prove that any result holds independently of the decomposition.
Itô's formula One of the most powerful and frequently used theorems in Stochastic calculus states that if f is a C^{2} function from and is a ddimensional semimartingale then where the continuous martingale part of the quadratic covariation process of two semimartingales X and Y is defined by External links  Notes on Stochastic Calculus A short elementary description of the basic Itô integral.
