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A control problem with fuel constraint and Dawson–Watanabe superprocesses

Alexander Schied

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We solve a class of control problems with fuel constraint by means of the log-Laplace transforms of $J$-functionals of Dawson–Watanabe superprocesses. This solution is related to the superprocess solution of quasilinear parabolic PDEs with singular terminal condition. For the probabilistic verification proof, we develop sharp bounds on the blow-up behavior of log-Laplace functionals of $J$-functionals, which might be of independent interest.

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Ann. Appl. Probab., Volume 23, Number 6 (2013), 2472-2499.

First available in Project Euclid: 22 October 2013

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Primary: 60J80: Branching processes (Galton-Watson, birth-and-death, etc.) 60J85: Applications of branching processes [See also 92Dxx] 93E20: Optimal stochastic control
Secondary: 60H20: Stochastic integral equations 60H30: Applications of stochastic analysis (to PDE, etc.) 91G80: Financial applications of other theories (stochastic control, calculus of variations, PDE, SPDE, dynamical systems)

Dawson–Watanabe superprocess $J$-functional log-Laplace equation optimal stochastic control with fuel constraint optimal trade execution


Schied, Alexander. A control problem with fuel constraint and Dawson–Watanabe superprocesses. Ann. Appl. Probab. 23 (2013), no. 6, 2472--2499. doi:10.1214/12-AAP908.

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