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On Errors And Bias Of Fourier Transform Methods In Quadratic Term Structure Models



    (The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA)


    () (Department of Economics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C3100, Austin, TX 78712-0301, USA)


We analyze and compare the performance of the Fourier transform method in affine and quadratic term structure models. We explain why the method of the reduction to FFT in dimension 1 is efficient for ATSMs of type A0(n), but may lead to sizable errors for QTSMs unless computational errors are taken into account properly. We suggest a certain improvement and generalization which make FFT more accurate and, for the same precision, faster than the Leippold and Wu [M. Leippold and L. Wu, Option pricing under the quadratic class, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 37(2) (2002) 271–295] method. We deduce simple general recommendations for the choice of parameters of computational schemes for QTSMs, which ensure a given precision, and an approximate formula for the bias which FFT produces.

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  • Nina Boyarchenko & Sergei Levendorskiǐ, 2007. "On Errors And Bias Of Fourier Transform Methods In Quadratic Term Structure Models," International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance (IJTAF), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 10(02), pages 273-306.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijtafx:v:10:y:2007:i:02:n:s0219024907004238
    DOI: 10.1142/S0219024907004238

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    1. Peng Cheng & Olivier Scaillet, 2002. "Linear-Quadratic Jump-Diffusion Modeling with Application to Stochastic Volatility," FAME Research Paper Series rp67, International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering.
    2. Svetlana I Boyarchenko & Sergei Z Levendorskii, 2002. "Non-Gaussian Merton-Black-Scholes Theory," World Scientific Books, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., number 4955.
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    1. Svetlana Boyarchenko & Sergei Levendorskiu{i}, 2019. "Gauge transformations in the dual space, and pricing and estimation in the long run in affine jump-diffusion models," Papers 1912.06948,, revised Dec 2019.
    2. Oleg Kudryavtsev & Sergei Levendorskiǐ, 2009. "Fast and accurate pricing of barrier options under Lévy processes," Finance and Stochastics, Springer, vol. 13(4), pages 531-562, September.


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