An Introduction to Financial Option Valuation: Mathematics, Stochastics and Computation

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9780521547574: An Introduction to Financial Option Valuation: Mathematics, Stochastics and Computation

This is a lively textbook providing a solid introduction to financial option valuation for undergraduate students armed with a working knowledge of a first year calculus. Written in a series of short chapters, its self-contained treatment gives equal weight to applied mathematics, stochastics and computational algorithms. No prior background in probability, statistics or numerical analysis is required. Detailed derivations of both the basic asset price model and the Black-Scholes equation are provided along with a presentation of appropriate computational techniques including binomial, finite differences and in particular, variance reduction techniques for the Monte Carlo method. Each chapter comes complete with accompanying stand-alone MATLAB code listing to illustrate a key idea. Furthermore, the author has made heavy use of figures and examples, and has included computations based on real stock market data.

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This lively textbook provides an introduction to financial option valuation for undergraduates armed with a knowledge of first year calculus. Its approach gives equal weight to applied mathematics, stochastics and computations. Contains stand-alone MATLAB code to illustrate ideas and examples using real stock market data. Solutions available from solutions@cambridge.org.

About the Author:

Des Higham is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Strathclyde. His previous books include MATLAB Guide (with Nicholas J. Higham, 2005) and Learning LaTeX (with David F. Griffiths, 1997).

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