My Math Forum martingale crossing probability

 April 2nd, 2009, 12:00 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Apr 2009 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 martingale crossing probability Helle everybody, I was reading through a proof within a paper and found one fact I could not explain myself: We have a stochastic process (X_t); t>=0 and X_t is a martingale, It is said in the paper that "it is a well-known fact that the probability that a martingale with initial position y (X_0 = y) , defined on a state space (0,l), will ever hit zero, is 1- y/l" --> P(inf{X_s: 0<=s<=\infinity} = 0) = 1- y/l. Unfortunately I could not find any similar facts in the literature. Maybe somebody can give me some hints. Thanks forward!
 April 22nd, 2009, 07:31 AM #2 Newbie   Joined: Apr 2009 Posts: 1 Thanks: 0 Re: martingale crossing probability Hint : Express $X_t$ with respect to condition$\{t<\tau\}$ and its complementary event and use optional sampling theorem

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