Multidimensional sticky brownian motions as limits of exclusion processes

Miklós Z. Rácz, Mykhaylo Shkolnikov

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We study exclusion processes on the integer lattice in which particles change their velocities due to stickiness. Specifically, whenever two or more particles occupy adjacent sites, they stick together for an extended period of time, and the entire particle system is slowed down until the "collision" is resolved. We show that under diffusive scaling of space and time such processes converge to what one might refer to as a sticky reflected Brownian motion in the wedge. The latter behaves as a Brownian motion with constant drift vector and diffusion matrix in the interior of the wedge, and reflects at the boundary of the wedge after spending an instant of time there. In particular, this leads to a natural multidimensional generalization of sticky Brownian motion on the half-line, which is of interest in both queuing theory and stochastic portfolio theory. For instance, this can model a market, which experiences a slowdown due to a major event (such as a court trial between some of the largest firms in the market) deciding about the new market leader.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1155-1188
Number of pages34
JournalAnnals of Applied Probability
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


  • Exclusion processes with speed change
  • Reflected Brownian motion
  • Scaling limits
  • Sticky Brownian motion
  • Stochastic differential equations
  • Stochastic portfolio theory


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