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Adaptive Execution: Exploration and Learning of Price Impact


  • Beomsoo Park
  • Benjamin Van Roy


We consider a model in which a trader aims to maximize expected risk-adjusted profit while trading a single security. In our model, each price change is a linear combination of observed factors, impact resulting from the trader's current and prior activity, and unpredictable random effects. The trader must learn coefficients of a price impact model while trading. We propose a new method for simultaneous execution and learning - the confidence-triggered regularized adaptive certainty equivalent (CTRACE) policy - and establish a poly-logarithmic finite-time expected regret bound. This bound implies that CTRACE is efficient in the sense that the ({\epsilon},{\delta})-convergence time is bounded by a polynomial function of 1/{\epsilon} and log(1/{\delta}) with high probability. In addition, we demonstrate via Monte Carlo simulation that CTRACE outperforms the certainty equivalent policy and a recently proposed reinforcement learning algorithm that is designed to explore efficiently in linear-quadratic control problems.

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  • Beomsoo Park & Benjamin Van Roy, 2012. "Adaptive Execution: Exploration and Learning of Price Impact," Papers 1207.6423,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1207.6423

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