The semigroup governing the generalized Cox-Ingersoll-Ross equation. (English) Zbl 1341.47051

Summary: The semigroup of a generalized initial value problem including, as a particular case, the Cox-Ingersoll-Ross (CIR) equation for the price of a zero-coupon bond, is studied on spaces of continuous functions on \([0,\infty]\). The main result is the first proof of the strong continuity of the CIR semigroup. We also derive a semi-explicit representation of the semigroup and a Feynman-Kac type formula, in a generalized sense, for the unique solution of the CIR initial value problem as a useful tool for understanding additional properties of the solution itself. The Feynman-Kac type formula is the second main result of this paper.


47D06 One-parameter semigroups and linear evolution equations
35K15 Initial value problems for second-order parabolic equations
35C15 Integral representations of solutions to PDEs
91G20 Derivative securities (option pricing, hedging, etc.)
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