Stochastic continuity and approximation
This work is concerned with the study of stochastic processes which are continuous in probability, over various parameter spaces, from the point of view of approximation and extension. A stochastic version of the classical theorem of Mergelyan on polynomial approximation is shown to be valid for subsets of the plane whose boundaries are sets of rational approximation. In a similar vein, one can obtain a version in the context of continuity in probability of the theorem of Arakelyan on the uniform approximation of continuous functions on a closed set by entire functions. Locally bounded processes continuous in probability are characterized via operators from $L^1$-spaces to spaces of continuous functions. This characterization is utilized in a discussion of the problem of extension of the parameter space.