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A new technique for calibrating stochastic volatility models: the Malliavin gradient method


  • Christian-Oliver Ewald
  • Aihua Zhang


We discuss the application of gradient methods to calibrate mean reverting stochastic volatility models. For this we use formulas based on Girsanov transformations as well as a modification of the Bismut-Elworthy formula to compute the derivatives of certain option prices with respect to the parameters of the model by applying Monte Carlo methods. The article presents an extension of the ideas to apply Malliavin calculus methods in the computation of Greek's.

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  • Christian-Oliver Ewald & Aihua Zhang, 2006. "A new technique for calibrating stochastic volatility models: the Malliavin gradient method," Quantitative Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 6(2), pages 147-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:quantf:v:6:y:2006:i:2:p:147-158
    DOI: 10.1080/14697680500531676

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    1. Hull, John C & White, Alan D, 1987. "The Pricing of Options on Assets with Stochastic Volatilities," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 42(2), pages 281-300, June.
    2. Jorge A. León & Reyla Navarro & David Nualart, 2003. "An Anticipating Calculus Approach to the Utility Maximization of an Insider," Mathematical Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(1), pages 171-185, January.
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    1. Bilgi Yilmaz, 2018. "Computation of option greeks under hybrid stochastic volatility models via Malliavin calculus," Papers 1806.06061,
    2. Yang, Zhaojun & Ewald, Christian-Oliver, 2010. "On the non-equilibrium density of geometric mean reversion," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 80(7-8), pages 608-611, April.
    3. Christian-Oliver Ewald & Zhaojun Yang, 2008. "Utility based pricing and exercising of real options under geometric mean reversion and risk aversion toward idiosyncratic risk," Mathematical Methods of Operations Research, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research (GOR);Nederlands Genootschap voor Besliskunde (NGB), vol. 68(1), pages 97-123, August.
    4. Elisa Alòs & Christian-Olivier Ewald, 2005. "A note on the Malliavin differentiability of the Heston volatility," Economics Working Papers 880, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
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