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Fx1 xn .. fx = [fx1 , . . , fxn ], fxt = ... , fxx = ... . 7) . fxn t fxn x1 . . , the sum of the diagonal elements [49]). 6) in the multivariable case), interpreting terms containing dz correctly, and then throwing away terms of order higher than dt. If that sounds simple, you are right. Let’s see how it works in more detail. 2 ITO’S LEMMA FOR BROWNIAN MOTION Given the differential of x(t), Ito’s lemma allows us to compute the differential of a function of x(t) and t. Hence, it is the “chain rule” for stochastic differential equations.

When there is a jump, we have dπ = 1 and f (x− + a− dt + b− , t + dt) − f (x− + a− dt, t + dt). 22) This occurs with probability αdt. Since the a− dt term in the argument is of order dt, when combined with the probability of the jump, αdt, the overall effect of the a− dt term is of order dt2 and can be ignored. Therefore, as dt → 0, to order dt this entire term can be replaced by f (x− + a− dt + b− , t + dt) − f (x− + a− dt, t + dt) → f (x− + b− , t) − f (x− , t). Hence, combining the above arguments gives f (x− + a− dt + b− dπ, t + dt)−f (x− + a− dt, t + dt) → (f (x− + b− , t) − f (x− , t))dπ.

But its direction is random. Some of the time it jumps forward and at other times, backwards. Together, both the dt and dz terms contribute to the stochastic differential equation and neither term is guaranteed to dominate, just as we don’t know whether the tortoise or the hare will win the race! 3 ITO’S LEMMA FOR POISSON PROCESSES Ito’s lemma for Brownian motion is more subtle than Ito’s lemma for Poisson processes. (The key difference is that Poisson processes have sample paths of finite variation, and this allows us to define the stochastic integral pathwise.