Course Syllabus for

Theory of Stochastic Processes
Teorin för stokastiska processer

FMS015F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2014
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2014-04-22

General Information

Division: Mathematical Statistics
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The course is a natural continuation of the study of probability theory as a part of mathematical education in Lund University. The aim of the course is to provide introduction into the theory of stochastic processes. The course gives necessary insight into the theory of stochastic processes for PhD students in other areas that use stochastic processes in their research. The course is the basic part for further studies in the theory of stochastic processes and stochastic differential equation. With respect to the theory there is no overlap of this course with any other course given at the Mathematical center.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Stochastic integrals of deterministic functions. Shift operators Correlation functions. Spectral representation. Infinite-dimensional distributions. Kolmogorov Theorem on ex- tension. Markov moments, martingales. Markov processes, Markov properties and related operators. Trajectories of Markov processes with continuous time. Infinitesimal operators. Diffusion processes. Stochastic differential. Ito’s formula.

Course Literature

Wentzell, A.D.: A Course in the Theory of Stochastic Processes.
Also Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus” av I. Karatzas and S. Shreve, ”Probability” av A.N. Shiryaev, ”Foundations of Modern Probability” av O. Kallenberg

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises

Examination Details

Examination format: Oral exam. Tatyana Turova
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: 60 hp in Mathematics
Assumed prior knowledge: The students are expected to know at least some measure theory and probability theory
Selection criteria: The course is part of the main field of studies in Mathematical Statistics at the Faculty of Science. The course is optional at the Second cycle in a Masters degree in Mathematics or Statistics, or even for the doctoral studies. The course is also offered as a single subject course.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Tatyana Turova <>

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