Mimicking self-similar processes

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We construct a family of self-similar Markov martingales with given marginal distributions. This construction uses the self-similarity and Markov property of a reference process to produce a family of Markov processes that possess the same marginal distributions as the original process. The resulting processes are also self-similar with the same exponent as the original process. They can be chosen to be martingales under certain conditions. In this paper, we present two approaches to this construction, the transition-randomising approach and the time-change approach. We then compute the infinitesimal generators and obtain some path properties of the resulting processes. We also give some examples, including continuous Gaussian martingales as a generalization of Brownian motion, martingales of the squared Bessel process, stable Lévy processes as well as an example of an artificial process having the marginals of tκVtκV for some symmetric random variable VV. At the end, we see how we can mimic certain Brownian martingales which are non-Markovian.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1341-1360
Number of pages20
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Lévy processes
  • martingales with given marginals
  • self-similar

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