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Convex Structure of the Constrained Least Square Problem for Estimating the Forward Rate Sequence

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We will show that the constrained least square problem proposed in Konno and Takase [5] for estimating the forward rate sequence by using the market prices of default-free non-callable coupon bonds is in fact a convex minimization problem under more general conditions than those assumed in the subsequent paper by the same authors [6]. Consequently, the constrained least square approach can generate a smooth and accurate forward rate sequence very fast by standard convex minimization algorithms. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

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  • Hiroshi Konno, 1997. "Convex Structure of the Constrained Least Square Problem for Estimating the Forward Rate Sequence," Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Springer;Japanese Association of Financial Economics and Engineering, vol. 4(2), pages 179-185, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:apfinm:v:4:y:1997:i:2:p:179-185
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1009677915798
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