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Stochastic games and partial differential equations

Mikko Parviainen (University of Jyväskylä)
Mikko Parviainen (University of Jyväskylä)
When Mar 22, 2022
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Zoom talk
Contact Name pramila
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Abstract: The fundamental works of Doob, Hunt, Itô, Kakutani, Kolmogorov, Lévy  and many others have shown a profound and powerful connection between the classical linear partial differential equations and probability. A well known example is the interplay between the Laplace equation and the Brownian motion. There is an interplay, discovered more recently, also in the nonlinear case. In this talk, we consider stochastic zero sum games and related nonlinear PDEs. A particular example of such a stochastic game is the tug-of-war with noise. Passing to the limit with the step size in this game gives rise to the normalized or game theoretic p-Laplace and p-parabolic equations. As an application the connection between the games and PDEs allows us to develop methods to deal with nonlinear PDEs by playing games. For example, we obtain a proof for regularity of p-harmonic functions by playing carefully chosen strategies.

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