# ORNSTEIN_UHLENBECK Approximate Solution of a Stochastic Differential Equation

ORNSTEIN_UHLENBECK is a C library which approximates solutions of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck stochastic differential equation (SDE) using the Euler method and the Euler-Maruyama method, and creating graphics files for processing by gnuplot.

The Ornstein-Uhlenbeck stochastic differential equation has the form:

dx(t) = theta * ( mu - x(t) ) dt + sigma dW,
x(0) = x0.

where
• theta is a nonnegative decay rate;
• mu is a mean value for x;
• sigma measures the strength of the stochastic perturbation.
and the equation is to be integrated over the interval [0,tmax].

The starting value x0 represents a deviation from the mean value mu. The decay rate theta determines how fast x(t) will move back towards its mean value. The coefficient sigma determines the relative magnitude of stochastic perturbations.

In general, the solution starts at x0 and over time moves towards the value mu, but experiences random "wobbles" whose size is determined by sigma. Increasing theta makes the solution move towards the mean faster.

### Languages:

ORNSTEIN_UHLENBECK is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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### Reference:

1. Desmond Higham,
An Algorithmic Introduction to Numerical Simulation of Stochastic Differential Equations,
SIAM Review,
Volume 43, Number 3, September 2001, pages 525-546.

### Source Code:

• ou.c, the source code.
• ou.h, the include file.

### Examples and Tests:

OU_EULER is data created by the OU_EULER routine:

OU_EULER_MARUYAMA is data created by the OU_EULER_MARUYAMA routine:

### List of Routines:

• OU_EULER applies the Euler method to the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck SDE.
• OU_EULER_MARUYAMA applies Euler-Maruyama to the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck SDE.
• R8_UNIFORM_01 returns a unit pseudorandom R8.
• R8VEC_LINSPACE creates a vector of linearly spaced values.
• R8VEC_NORMAL_01 returns a unit pseudonormal R8VEC.
• R8VEC_UNIFORM_01 returns a unit pseudorandom R8VEC.
• TIMESTAMP prints the current YMDHMS date as a time stamp.

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Last revised on 21 January 2013.