Forecasting Implied Volatility Surfaces
AbstractWe propose a new semi-parametric model for the implied volatility surface, which incorporates machine learning algorithms. Given a starting model, a tree-boosting algorithm sequentially minimizes the residuals of observed and estimated implied volatility. To overcome the poor predicting power of existing models, we include a grid in the region of interest, and implement a cross-validation strategy to find an optimal stopping value for the tree boosting. Back testing the out-of-sample appropriateness of our model on a large data set of implied volatilities on S&P 500 options, we provide empirical evidence of its strong predictive potential, as well as comparing it to other standard approaches in the literature.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2007 with number 2007-42.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Implied Volatility; Implied Volatility Surface; Forecasting; Tree Boosting; Regression Tree; Functional Gradient Descent;
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