Tuesday 8th November 2011 – 14:15 to 15:15
Speaker: Rama Cont (CNRS & Columbia University)

We develop a non-anticipative calculus for functionals of a continuous semimartingale, using an extension of the Ito formula to path-dependent functionals which possess certain directional derivatives. The construction is based on a pathwise derivative, introduced by B Dupire, for functionals on the space of right-continuous functions with left limits. We show that this functional derivative admits a suitable extension to the space of square-integrable martingales. This extension de nes a weak derivative which is shown to be the inverse of the Ito integral and which may be viewed as a non-anticipative \lifting” of the Malliavin derivative. These results lead to a constructive martingale representation formula for Ito processes. By contrast with the Clark-Haussmann-Ocone formula, this reprentation only involves non-anticipative quantities which may be computed pathwise.

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