## The Annals of Applied Probability

- Ann. Appl. Probab.
- Volume 4, Number 2 (1994), 570-590.

### Quadrature Routines for Ladder Variables

#### Abstract

Let $T = \inf\{n \geq 1: S_n > 0\}$ and $H = S_T$ be ladder variables for a random walk $\{S_n\}_{n \geq 1}$ with nonnegative drift. Integral formulas for generating functions and moments of $T, H$ and related quantities are developed. These formulas are suitable for numerical quadrature and should be easier to implement than formulas based on Spitzer's identity when the distribution of $S_n$ is complicated. The approach used makes key use of the Hilbert transform and the main regularity assumption is that some power of the characteristic function for steps of the random walk is integrable.

#### Article information

**Source**

Ann. Appl. Probab., Volume 4, Number 2 (1994), 570-590.

**Dates**

First available in Project Euclid: 19 April 2007

**Permanent link to this document**

https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1177005073

**Digital Object Identifier**

doi:10.1214/aoap/1177005073

**Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)**

MR1272740

**Zentralblatt MATH identifier**

0803.60065

**JSTOR**

links.jstor.org

**Subjects**

Primary: 60J15

Secondary: 60E10: Characteristic functions; other transforms

**Keywords**

Random walks Hilbert transform nonlinear renewal theory

#### Citation

Keener, Robert W. Quadrature Routines for Ladder Variables. Ann. Appl. Probab. 4 (1994), no. 2, 570--590. doi:10.1214/aoap/1177005073. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aoap/1177005073