- Class Number 8256
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Boris Buchmann
- AsPr Boris Buchmann
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
The course offers an introduction to modern stochastic processes, including Brownian motion, continuous-time martingales, stochastic integration and Ito's calculus, Markov processes, stochastic differential equations, point processes and their applications. The course will include some applications but will emphasise setting up a solid theoretical foundation for the subject.
The course will provide a sound basis for progression to other honours and post-graduate courses including mathematical finance, stochastic analysis and statistics, and actuarial sciences.
The course aims to round off the rigorous introduction to probabilistic reasoning initiated in STAT7018, as well as to substantially enhance students' depth of knowledge in the mathematical underpinning of stochastic process theory.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain in detail the fundamental concepts of stochastic processes in continuous time and their position in modern statistical and mathematical sciences and applied contexts;
- Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of complex stochastic calculus techniques;
- Demonstrate in depth capacity for mathematical reasoning through analysing, proving and explaining concepts from stochastic analysis; and
- Apply complex problem-solving techniques using stochastic analysis methods in various situations.
ANU has a rich history of research in the area of applied probability and stochastic processes . The lecturer and other RSFAS staff members are active researchers in this area, with a keen interest to attract talented students for research projects.
Examination Material or equipment
Calculator (non-programmable); no approval (must be clear of all annotations). Optional Material: Two sheets of A4 paper with personal annotations on both sides; paper-based dictionary.
Lecture Notes will be made available through Wattle on a weekly basis.
The following books are made available as hard copies in the two hours reserve of the Hancock library.
Le Gall, Jean-Francois (2016) 2016 Brownian Motion, Martingales, and Stochastic Calculus. Springer, Berlin.
Klenke, Achim Probability Theory. A Comprehensive Course. 2nd edition, Berlin.
Availability of an e-book copy of the textbook is still being investigated.
The following book is available as e-book.
Klebaner, Fima C. (2012) Introduction to stochastic calculus with applications. Third Edition. Imperial College Press, London.
Preliminary Reading (STAT3004).
Rosenthal, Jeffrey S. (2008) A first look at rigorous probability theory. 2nd edition, World Scientific, Singapore. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/anu/detail.action?docID=5227675
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class
- Assignment 1 and 2
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|5||Brownian motion: existence and properties||Assignment 1 due|
|6||Brownian motion: existence and properties||Assignment 1 returned|
|7||Stochastic integration and Stochastic differential equations|
|8||Stochastic integration and Stochastic differential equations|
|9||Stochastic integration and Stochastic differential equations|
|10||Stochastic integration and Stochastic differential equations|
|11||Optional topics (some of the following ): diffusion, point processes, Levy processes, etc||Assignment 2 due|
|12||Optional topics (some of the following ): diffusion, stationary point processes, Levy processes. etc||Assignment 2 returned|
Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website.
Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle.
When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site
2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”
3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of…..” for the tutorial class you wish to enter
4. Confirm your choice If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group….” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||15 %||28/08/2020||04/09/2020||1-4|
|Assignment 2||15 %||23/10/2020||30/10/2020||5-10|
|Final Examination||70 %||*||*||1-12|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Final Examination is compulsory. Further information about the Final Examination will be provided in class and on Wattle by Week 12. Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Assignment 1 covers topics in weeks 1-4. The problems will be made available at least two week prior to submission by 14 August 2020. You may type your answer in a type-setting software or you may hand-write parts of your answers. Please ensure that your handwriting is legible. Assignment 1 is due no later than 23:59 AEST on 28 of August
via Wattle link. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Assignment 1 will be marked and returned by the end week 6 through Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 5-10
Assignment 2 covers topics in weeks 5-10 on the due date. The problems will be made available at least two weeks prior to submission. You may type your answer in a
type-setting software or you may hand-write parts of your answers. Please ensure that your handwriting is legible. Assignment 2 is due no later than 23:59 AEST on 23
of October via Wattle link. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. Assignment 2 will be marked and returned by the end of week
12 through Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-12
Final Examination is compulsory. Further information about the Final Examination will be provided in class and on Wattle by Week 12. Centrally scheduled examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. The Exam will be 3 hrs take-home exam on Wattle.
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Assignments will be returned via Wattle.
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Resubmission of assignments is not allowed.
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Probability theory, stochastic processes, limit theory, Levy processes, inference and mathematical finance
AsPr Boris Buchmann