Non-decreasing stochastic processes with a funny name

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A subordinator is an a.s. non-decreasing Lévy process \(\{\Lambda(t)\}, t \in \mathbb{R}\) with state space \(\mathbb{R}_+\equiv [0,\infty]\) such that

\[ \mathbb{P}(\Lambda(t)-\Lambda(s)\lt 0)=0, \,\forall t \geq s \]

Tutorial introductions to these creatures are in (Kyprianou 2014; Bertoin 1996, 2000; Sato, Ken-Iti, and Katok 1999).

The platonic ideal of a subordinator is the Gamma process, although it is not the simplest process meeting satisfying these criteria.

The terminology is weird. Why “subordinator”? I suspect because the study of these objects comes from their use as a model of random rate of passage of time.

The subordination of a one-dimensional Lévy process \(\{X(t)\}\) by a one- dimensional increasing process \(\{T (t)\}\) means introducing a new process \(\{Y (t)\}\) defined as \(Y (t) = X(T (t))\), where \(\{X(t)\}\) and \(\{T (t)\}\) are assumed to be independent, and that one-dimensional increasing process is the subordinator.

Subordinators can be generalised to beyond one-dimensional processes; see (Barndorff-Nielsen, Pedersen, and Sato 2001). We can more generally consider subordinators that take values in \(\mathbb{R}^d,\) which is what I usually do, although such processes no longer has a convenient interpretation as the rate-of-time-passing, since time is usually one-dimensional in common experience.

There is no requirement that the support a subordinator’s paths is dense in \(\mathbb{R}_+\); for example Poisson processes are supported on the natural numbers.

Gamma processes

See Gamma processes.

Poisson processes

See Poisson processes.

Compound Poisson processes with non-negative increments


Inverse Gaussian processes

See (Kyprianou 2014). Interesting because (Minami 2003) gives an interpretation of the multivariate Inverse Gaussian process which is suggestive of a natural dependence model via covariance of a dual Gaussian process, and I suspect this makes for a non-trivial dependence structure.


Positive linear combinations of other subordinators


Say we have a collection of \(m\) independent univariate subordinators, not necessarily from the same family or with the same parameters, stacked to form a vector process \(\{\Lambda(t)\}\) with state space \(\mathbb{R}_+^{m}\). Take a transform matrix \(M\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times m}\) with non-negative entries. Then the process \(\{M\Lambda(t)\}\) is still a subordinator (and moreover AFAICS also a Lévy process).

Generalized Gamma Convolutions

A construction (Bondesson 1979, 2012; Barndorff-Nielsen, Maejima, and Sato 2006; James, Roynette, and Yor 2008; Steutel and Harn 2003) that shows how to represent some startling (to me) processes as subordinators, including Pareto (Thorin 1977a) and Lognormal (Thorin 1977b) ones.

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