Simulation of a Limit Order Driven Market

Posted: 20 May 2019

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Julian Lorenz


Joerg Osterrieder

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Date Written: June 3, 2008


We present an order flow model framework for limit order driven markets. Different from previous models we explicitly model a reference price process that “sweeps” the limit order book as it fluctuates up and down. Our framework allows us to use any stochastic process to model this reference price and very general specifications of the limit order flow. We believe that this framework can fruitfully combine order flow models with well-studied models for stock price processes and provides a step towards developing realistic, yet tractable models for complex limit order driven markets. We use public order data from SWX as an example to estimate the model parameters.

Keywords: Limit Order Book, Order Flow, Algorithmic Trading, Stock Exchange

JEL Classification: C00, C1, E4, E5, G1, G2

Suggested Citation

Lorenz, Julian and Osterrieder, Joerg, Simulation of a Limit Order Driven Market (June 3, 2008)., Available at SSRN: or

Julian Lorenz

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Joerg Osterrieder (Contact Author)

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