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A Reduced Basis for Option Pricing

Rama Cont

Imperial College London; CNRS

Nicolas Lantos

Olivier Pironneau

Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie

February 1, 2010

We introduce a reduced basis method for the efficient numerical solution of partial integro-differential equations which arise in option pricing theory. Our method uses a basis of functions constructed from a sequence of Black-Scholes solutions with different volatilities. We show that this choice of basis leads to a sparse representation of option pricing functions, yielding an approximation whose precision is exponential in the number of basis functions. A Galerkin method using this basis for solving the pricing PDE is presented. Numerical tests based on the CEV diffusion model and the Merton jump diffusion model show that the method has better numerical performance relative to commonly used finite-difference and finite-element methods. We also compare our method with a numerical Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD). Finally, we show that this approach may be used advantageously for the calibration of local volatility functions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: Option Pricing, PDE, Numerical Methods, PIDE, Jumps, Diffusion Models

JEL Classification: G13

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Date posted: October 1, 2010 ; Last revised: December 20, 2014

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Cont, Rama and Lantos, Nicolas and Pironneau, Olivier, A Reduced Basis for Option Pricing (February 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1685382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1685382

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Rama Cont (Contact Author)
Imperial College London ( email )
London, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
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Laboratoire de Probabilites & Modeles aleatoires
Universite Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI)
Paris, 75252
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Olivier Pironneau
Université Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie ( email )
175 Rue du Chevaleret
Paris, 75013
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