Consider the problem of pricing an option via MonteCarlo with 10000 simulations. If the variance of the simulation is 100, which is the MC estimate of the error on the price?

  • $\begingroup$ The confidence interval for the estimator $\hat{C}$ is given by $\hat{C}\pm z_{\alpha/2}\frac{s_C}{\sqrt{N}}$ where, in your case, $N=10,000$ and $s_C=10$. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Feb 24 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ The options for the answer are: 1) 0.001 2) 0.01 3) 0.1 4) 1 5) 0.0001 $\endgroup$ – Pietro Scaglione Feb 24 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ Based on your comment, I would say 0.1 $\endgroup$ – Pietro Scaglione Feb 24 at 20:56

If you are referring to the standard error, i.e. the simulation error, then this can be defined as:


where M is the number of simulations and $\sigma$ is the estimated standard deviation $(\sqrt{\hat{\sigma^2}})$ of the specific simulation run. The “ $\hat{}$” denotes that it is the estimate.

I hope that this will help you.

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  • $\begingroup$ Exactly what I needed! Thanks a lot $\endgroup$ – Pietro Scaglione Feb 24 at 20:59
  • $\begingroup$ Happy to have helped please +1 $\endgroup$ – wanna_be_quant Feb 24 at 21:17
  • $\begingroup$ I am quite new to this site, did I do what you asked? $\endgroup$ – Pietro Scaglione Feb 24 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ Yeap all good ty $\endgroup$ – wanna_be_quant Feb 24 at 21:28

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