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Positive-Definite Matrix Processes of Finite Variation

By Ole Eiler Barndorff-Nielsen and Robert Stelzer
Thiele Research Reports
No. 11, July 2006

Processes of finite variation, which take values in the positive semidefinite matrices and are representable as the sum of an integral with respect to time and one with respect to an extended Poisson random measure, are considered. For such processes we derive conditions for the square root (and the $r$-th power with $0 < r < 1$) to be of finite variation and obtain integral representations of the square root. Our discussion is based on a variant of the Itô formula for finite variation processes.

Moreover, Ornstein-Uhlenbeck type processes taking values in the positive semidefinite matrices are introduced and their probabilistic properties are studied.

Published in Probability and Mathematical Statistics 27, 3-43.
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This publication also serves as Research Reports no. 480