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Control of McKean-Vlasov systems and applications

Abstract : This thesis deals with the study of optimal control of McKean-Vlasov dynamics and its applications in mathematical finance. This thesis contains two parts. In the first part, we develop the dynamic programming (DP) method for solving McKean-Vlasov control problem. Using suitable admissible controls, we propose to reformulate the value function of the problem with the law (resp. conditional law) of the controlled state process as sole state variable and get the flow property of the law (resp. conditional law) of the process, which allow us to derive in its general form the Bellman programming principle. Then by relying on the notion of differentiability with respect to probability measures introduced by P.L. Lions [Lio12], and Itô’s formula along measure-valued processes, we obtain the corresponding Bellman equation. At last we show the viscosity property and uniqueness of the value function to the Bellman equation. In the first chapter, we summarize some useful results of differential calculus and stochastic analysis on the Wasserstein space. In the second chapter, we consider the optimal control of nonlinear stochastic dynamical systems in discrete time of McKean-Vlasov type. The third chapter focuses on the stochastic optimal control problem of McKean-Vlasov SDEs without common noise in continuous time where the coefficients may depend upon the joint law of the state and control. In the last chapter, we are interested in the optimal control of stochastic McKean-Vlasov dynamics in the presence of common noise in continuous time.In the second part, we propose a robust portfolio selection model, which takes into account ambiguity about both expected rate of return and correlation matrix of multiply assets, in a continuous-time mean-variance setting. This problem is formulated as a mean-field type differential game. Then we derive a separation principle for the associated problem. Our explicit results provide an explanation to under-diversification, as documented in empirical studies.
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Xiaoli Wei. Control of McKean-Vlasov systems and applications. Optimization and Control [math.OC]. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018USPCC222⟩. ⟨tel-02397992v2⟩



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