Questions tagged [probability]

A branch of statistics that studies the likelihood of uncertain events occurring.

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Pricing a European call option while absence of arbitrage is violated

Assume that we have a general one-period market model consisting of d+1 assets and N states. Using a replicating portfolio $\phi$, determine $\Pi(0;X)$, the price of a European call option, with ...
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To bet or not to bet

Your utility from having $x$ dolars is $u(x)$. There is a gamble in which the winnings in dollars are a random variable, $Y$. It is known that $E[u(Y)]>E[u(1)]$, so you prefer to bet than to get ...
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Proof that the diff-in-diff (wrt sample size) of the expectation of a first-order statistic is positive (Stigler 1961)

I'm trying to prove a claim made in Stigler (1961), "The Economics of Information." This claim has to do with showing that the marginal benefit of making an additional search (e.g., searching an ...
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Urn balls and probabilities

Think of the following balls as individuals of populations. Say I have $U$ urns, and some balls. Both numbers are really large. So large, that authors like Blanchard and Diamond have approximated ...
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Something Terrible is Happening - But When Is it Likely to have Happened?

We live in continuous time $t$ and something terrible is happening at a poisson rate of $r(t)$. How can I compute the length $T$ such that with a probability of $P$ (for example, 0.99), at least one ...
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When treating a relative, normalized utility function as a pmf, what is the interpretation of Shannon entropy or Shannon information?

Suppose $\Omega$ is a set of mutually exclusive outcomes of a discrete random variable and $f$ is a utility function where $0 < f(\omega) \leq 1$, $\sum_\Omega f(\omega) = 1$, etc. When $f$ is ...
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Is there a name for this type of problem?

I am having trouble formulating the concept I am thinking about. It has to do with looking at observed behavior of the sales of a particular product during each hour of the day, and trying to adjust ...
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Conditional probability in Kaplan, Menzio (2014)

This is question about Kaplan and Menzio's shopping time model. Pages 7,8: Unemployed search once or twice (for a seller). $\psi_u$:probability of searching twice, searching once with prob $1-\...
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Intuition behind risk premium

In Lecture 20 of MIT's Microeconomics course, a situation is proposed where a 50/50 bet will either result in losing \$100 or gaining \$125 with a starting wealth of \$100. It is stated that a person ...
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Normalizing comparisons of corporations and countries

When publicly-traded corporations reach record valuations, articles in the media often compare such valuations to the GDPs of countries throughout the world, typically in the form "Company X's ...
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Example of the change of measure proposed in Hansen (2012)

In this question, I'm continuing to explore the tools used/presented in Lars Hansen's Econometrica paper "Dynamic Valuation Decomposition within Stochastic Economies" (2012). I'm trying to compute an ...
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How can I construct a process for cumulative returns that is riskless?

This question is a little more specific than the title. Here I use the same notation that is set forth in this other question about cumulative returns (the sum of return observations). That is, let $...
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Applying the Martingale central limit theorem to the score process of an autoregressive model

This question is a natural continuation of the following question: How do I construct the score process of a Markov model and verify that it is a Martingale? In this problem, we set up as follows: ...
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Showing that a transformation is measure preserving

Note: This question is related to this question about the construction of stochastic processes. Specifically, it relates to the transformation $\mathbb S: \Omega \rightarrow \Omega$ that is mentioned. ...
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Understanding the construction of stochastic processes

I've seen stochastic processes modeled/constructed in the following way. Consider the probability space $(\Omega, \mathcal F, Pr)$ and let $\mathbb S$ be the (measurable) transformation $\...
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Augmented Filtrations and Martingales in the Martingale Representation Theorem

Note: This question is related to the following question about complete markets in continuous time. In the linked question, the answer mentions that complete markets in this setting is a result of the ...

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