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Publication# STOCHASTIC PROCESSES AND CONSTRUCTION OF BROWNIAN MOTION

Abstract

This project offers a rigorous introduction to the tools needed to construct a continuous stochastic process. Among other things, we give a very detailed proof of the Kolmogorov continuity criterion. We then construct a Brownian Motion following the formalism of D. Revuz and M. Yor. That is, we see the BM as a linear isometry from a Hilbert space into a Gaussian space.

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A tool is an object that can extend an individual's ability to modify features of the surrounding environment or help them accomplish a particular task. Although many animals use simple tools, only human beings, whose use of stone tools dates back hundreds of millennia, have been observed using tools to make other tools. Early human tools, made of such materials as stone, bone, and wood, were used for the preparation of food, hunting, the manufacture of weapons, and the working of materials to produce clothing and useful artifacts and crafts such as pottery, along with the construction of housing, businesses, infrastructure, and transportation.

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