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Learning short-option valuation in the presence of rare events


  • M. Raberto
  • G. Cuniberti
  • E. Scalas
  • M. Riani
  • F. Mainardi
  • G. Servizi


We present a neural-network valuation of financial derivatives in the case of fat-tailed underlying asset returns. A two-layer perceptron is trained on simulated prices taking into account the well-known effect of volatility smile. The prices of the underlier are generated using fractional calculus algorithms, and option prices are computed by means of the Bouchaud-Potters formula. This learning scheme is tested on market data; the results show a very good agreement between perceptron option prices and real market ones.

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  • M. Raberto & G. Cuniberti & E. Scalas & M. Riani & F. Mainardi & G. Servizi, 2000. "Learning short-option valuation in the presence of rare events," Papers cond-mat/0001253,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:cond-mat/0001253

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