In probability theory and related fields, Malliavin calculus is a set of mathematical techniques and ideas that extend the mathematical field of calculus of variations from deterministic functions to stochastic processes. In particular, it allows the computation of derivatives of random variables. Malliavin calculus is also called the stochastic calculus of variations.
Malliavin calculus is named after Paul Malliavin whose ideas led to a proof that Hörmander's condition implies the existence and smoothness of a density for the solution of a stochastic differential equation; Hörmander's original proof was based on the theory of partial differential equations. The calculus has been applied to stochastic partial differential equations as well.
The calculus allows integration by parts with random variables; this operation is used in mathematical finance to compute the sensitivities of financial derivatives. The calculus has applications in, for example, stochastic filtering.
Overview and history
Malliavin introduced Malliavin calculus to provide a stochastic proof that Hörmander's condition implies the existence of a density for the solution of a stochastic differential equation; Hörmander's original proof was based on the theory of partial differential equations. His calculus enabled Malliavin to prove regularity bounds for the solution's density. The calculus has been applied to stochastic partial differential equations.
The usual invariance principle for Lebesgue integration over the whole real line is that, for any real number ε and integrable function f, the following holds
- and hence
This can be used to derive the integration by parts formula since, setting f = gh, it implies
A similar idea can be applied in stochastic analysis for the differentiation along a Cameron-Martin-Girsanov direction. Indeed, let be a square-integrable predictable process and set
Differentiating with respect to ε on both sides and evaluating at ε=0, one obtains the following integration by parts formula:
Here, the left-hand side is the Malliavin derivative of the random variable in the direction and the integral appearing on the right hand side should be interpreted as an Itô integral. This expression also remains true (by definition) if is not adapted, provided that the right hand side is interpreted as a Skorokhod integral.
One of the most useful results from Malliavin calculus is the Clark-Ocone theorem, which allows the process in the martingale representation theorem to be identified explicitly. A simplified version of this theorem is as follows:
For satisfying which is Lipschitz and such that F has a strong derivative kernel, in the sense that for in C[0,1]
where H is the previsible projection of F'(x, (t,1]) which may be viewed as the derivative of the function F with respect to a suitable parallel shift of the process X over the portion (t,1] of its domain.
This may be more concisely expressed by
Much of the work in the formal development of the Malliavin calculus involves extending this result to the largest possible class of functionals F by replacing the derivative kernel used above by the "Malliavin derivative" denoted in the above statement of the result.
The Skorokhod integral operator which is conventionally denoted δ is defined as the adjoint of the Malliavin derivative thus for u in the domain of the operator which is a subset of , for F in the domain of the Malliavin derivative, we require
where the inner product is that on viz
It can be shown that if u is adapted then
where the integral is to be understood in the Itô sense. Thus this provides a method of extending the Itô integral to non adapted integrands.
The calculus allows integration by parts with random variables; this operation is used in mathematical finance to compute the sensitivities of financial derivatives. The calculus has applications for example in stochastic filtering.
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