A note on the maximal expected local time of L 2 -bounded martingales

David Gilat, Isaac Meilijson*, Laura Sacerdote

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For an L 2-bounded martingale starting at 0 and having final variance σ2, the expected local time at a∈ R is at most σ2+a2-|a|. This sharp bound is attained by Standard Brownian Motion stopped at the first exit time from the interval (a-σ2+a2,a+σ2+a2). In particular, the maximal expected local time anywhere is at most σ, and this bound is sharp. Sharp bounds for the expected maximum, maximal absolute value, maximal diameter and maximal number of upcrossings of intervals have been established by Dubins and Schwarz (Societé Mathématique de France, Astérisque 157(8), 129–145 1988), by Dubins et al. (Ann Probab 37(1), 393–402 2009) and by the authors (2018).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1952-1955
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Theoretical Probability
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • Brownian motion
  • Local time
  • Martingale
  • Upcrossings


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