This was part of Machine Learning and Mean-Field Games

Some stories about Brownian interacting systems with absorption

Wenpin Tang, Columbia University
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss several models of interacting particle systems with absorption. These models arise naturally in finance where a limited resource is available to control potential risks. In the first part of this talk, I will discuss the 'Up the River' problem where a unit drift is distributed among a finite collection of Brownian particles on the positive real line, which are annihilated once they reach the origin. The analysis relies on the hydrodynamic approach and rank-dependent SDEs. This is based on joint work with Li-Cheng Tsai. In the second part, I will talk about McKean-Vlasov equations involving hitting times. This is motivated from modeling systemic risk in the financial market, and relies on tools from partial differential equations. Some ongoing efforts with Erhan Bayraktar, Gaoyue Guo and Paul Zhang in this direction will also be discussed.