Journal of Theoretical Probability

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 180–205 | Cite as

Typical Martingale Diverges at a Typical Point

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Abstract

We investigate convergence of martingales adapted to a given filtration of finite \(\sigma \)-algebras. To any such filtration, we associate a canonical metrizable compact space \(K\) such that martingales adapted to the filtration can be canonically represented on \(K\). We further show that (except for trivial cases) typical martingale diverges at a comeager subset of \(K\). ‘Typical martingale’ means a martingale from a comeager set in any of the standard spaces of martingales. In particular, we show that a typical \(L^1\)-bounded martingale of norm at most one converges almost surely to zero and has maximal possible oscillation on a comeager set.

Keywords

\(L^1\)-bounded martingale \(L^p\)-bounded martingale Filtration of finite \(\sigma \)-algebras Oscillation Comeager set 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

60G42 54E52 54E70 

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Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the referees for their helpful comments which we used to improve the presentation of the paper. Our research was supported by Grant GAČR P201/12/0290. The second author was also supported by The Foundation of Karel Janeček for Science and Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematical Analysis, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles UniversityPrague 8Czech Republic

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