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Calibrating Option Pricing Models with Heuristics

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  • Manfred Gilli
  • Enrico Schumann

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Calibrating option pricing models to market prices often leads to optimisation problems to which standard methods (like such based on gradients) cannot be applied. We investigate two models: Heston’s stochastic volatility model, and Bates’s model which also includes jumps. We discuss how to price options under these models, and how to calibrate the parameters of the models with heuristic techniques.

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  • Manfred Gilli & Enrico Schumann, 2010. "Calibrating Option Pricing Models with Heuristics," Working Papers 030, COMISEF.
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    1. Yiran Cui & Sebastian del Ba~no Rollin & Guido Germano, 2015. "Full and fast calibration of the Heston stochastic volatility model," Papers 1511.08718, arXiv.org, revised May 2016.
    2. Stefan Haring & Ronald Hochreiter, 2015. "Efficient and robust calibration of the Heston option pricing model for American options using an improved Cuckoo Search Algorithm," Papers 1507.08937, arXiv.org.
    3. Yeap, Claudia & Kwok, Simon S. & Choy, S. T. Boris, 2016. "A Flexible Generalised Hyperbolic Option Pricing Model and its Special Cases," Working Papers 2016-14, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
    4. Silvia Centanni, 2011. "Computing option values by pricing kernel with a stochatic volatility model," Working Papers 05/2011, University of Verona, Department of Economics.
    5. Marianna Lyra, 2010. "Heuristic Strategies in Finance – An Overview," Working Papers 045, COMISEF.

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