MATH 490/583 (An Introduction to Stochastic Calculus), Fall 2010, Neill 3W, Tu 4:00-5:15pm, Th 2:50-4:05pm

Instructor: Haijun Li (office hour: Neill 217, Wed 9:00-12:00am)

Modeling with the Ito integral or stochastic differential equations has become increasingly important in various fields (physics, biology, chemistry, various engineerings, finance and insurance,...). This course presents an elementary introduction to Ito Calculus, without burdening the students with a great deal of measure theory and functional analysis. Examples and applications are mainly taken from finance and insurance for general interests.

Prerequisites: A probability course.
Topics: Brownian motion, martingales, Ito integrals, Ito Lemma, stochastic differential equations and their numerical solutions, Black-Scholes model, Girsanov's theorem, fundamental theorem of arbitrage-free pricing, interest rate models, bond option pricing.

Text: (1) Elementary Stochastic Calculus, by Thomas Mikosch, World Scientific 2002; (2) Introductory Stochastic Analysis for Finance and Insurance, by Sheldon Lin, Wiley 2006.

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Final week: Final project presentations.

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