On the sequential testing problem for some diffusion processes

We study the Bayesian problem of sequential testing of two simple hypotheses about the drift rate of an observable diffusion process. The optimal stopping time is found as the first time at which the posterior probability of one of the hypotheses exits a region restricted by two stochastic boundaries depending on the current observations. The proof is based on an embedding of the initial problem into a two-dimensional optimal stopping problem and the analysis of the associated parabolic-type free-boundary problem. We also show that the problem admits a closed-form solution under certain non-trivial relations between the coefficients of the observable diffusion.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41648/