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The condition $$ud=1\text{, or equivalently }u=1/d$$ is necessary to ensure convergence of the Binomial tree's mean $\mu$ and standard deviation $\sigma$ to nonfinite values when $n$ (number of steps) goes to infinity. Cox-Rubinstein-Ross showed in their famous paper, that to achieve this, we must have: $$u=e^{\sigma\sqrt{t/n}}\text{, ...


These options can be priced by adding an early exercise premium value to the intrinsic value: http://www.statistics.nus.edu.sg/~stalimtw/PDF/lb-float.pdf


Under the Black-Scholes framework, you can calculate the implied volatility, given the option's price, underlying's price, time to maturity and the risk free rate. To calculate the implied volatility you have to use a root finding method, since there is not a closed form of the inverse of the B-S option pricing equation for volatility. In the real world ...

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