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How can I go about applying machine learning algorithms to stock markets?

I am not very sure, if this question fits in here. I have recently begun, reading and learning about machine learning. Can someone throw some light onto how to go about it or rather can anyone share ...
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Recommendations for books to understand the math in quantitative finance papers?

Can anyone recommend books that explain the math used in quantitative finance academic papers?
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Random matrix theory (RMT) in finance

The new kid on the block in finance seems to be random matrix theory. Although RMT as a theory is not so new (about 50 years) and was first used in quantum mechanics it being used in finance is a ...
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What is a martingale?

What is a martingale and how it compares with a random walk in the context of the Efficient Market Hypothesis?
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How random are financial data series?

Pseudorandom number generators are often tested using e.g. a test suite like Diehard tests or Dieharder. If one would run these tests e.g. on stock market time series or other financial data, would ...
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Any recommendations for textbooks for an undergraduate course in mathematical finance? [closed]

I'll teach an introductory course on mathematical finance in the near future. The course is intended to entertain and broaden some well-prepared advanced undergrad mathematics majors, some physics ...
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Is a linear combination of GARCH processes also a GARCH process?

If two time series follow a GARCH process, and a third is a linear combination of them, is the third also GARCH process?
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Why Ito calculus?

Coming from physics, I am used to the fact that the Ito interpretation of most natural stochastic equations is wrong, and one should be using Stratonovich calculus instead (of course they are ...
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Proving the asymptotic distribution of Manipulation-Proof Performance Measure (MPPM) (Paper by Goetzmann et al.)

In Goetzmann et al.'s (2007) paper, the authors derive a "Manipulation-Proof Performance Measure" (MPPM), which is a performance measure that is impervious to performance manipulation by fund managers....
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What are the options for a mathematician to break into QF without working for a fund? [closed]

I have a degree in mathematics, and I've worked as a statistician and done some programming work. I'm very strong in my math/stats/programming background and have browsed some QF books, and I'm very ...
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How does one go from measure P to Q(risk-neutral) when modeling an asset paying dividends?

I am really having a terrible time applying Girsanov's theorem to go from the real-world measure $P$ to the risk-neutral measure $Q$. I want to determine the payoff of a derivative based an asset ...
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Is it possible to understand financial theory without mathematics?

I am trying to develop a short course on financial theory, covering the fundamentals of forward and options pricing, and 'efficient market' theory. I want to reduce the amount of mathematics to a ...
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What is exactly Euler's decomposition?

I have often seen the following statement in different paper: As $\sigma$ is homogeneous and of degree 1, we use Euler decomposition and write $\sigma(x)=\sum_{i=1}^n x_i \frac{\partial \sigma(x)}{\...
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The Relation Between the Ricci flow and the Black-Scholes-Merton Equation

Grisha Perelman once wrote that The Ricci-flow equation, a type of heat equation, is a distant relative of the Black-Scholes equation that bond traders around the world use to price stock and ...
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Proof that no trading system always wins

I am pondering on the existence/impossibility of a trading system (or algorithm) that ALWAYS ends up winning money, no matter how the price of a futures moves. In a context where one can go long or ...
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How is stock data objectively different to this random walk?

I have a random walk that is generated as so using python, numpy, and matplotlib ...
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When pricing options, what precision should I work with?

I'm wondering if there's any point at all in double-precision calculations, or whether it's ok to just do everything in single-precision, seeing how the difference on non-Tesla GPUs for single and ...
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application of lie groups in finance

Can some one kindly go over some of the applications and use of Lie groups in finance? The math is very rigorous and I don't fully understand it or the potential it could have. Let me share some ...
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Modified Durations of Different Noncallable Bonds and function of Maturity

I'm hoping someone could help me understand this subject better. Basically I am reading a book and it shows a table ...
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Why won't Bjork ever show that the integrability condition is satisfied?

A major technique employed throughout Bjork's "Arbitrage theory in Continuous Time" is that when taking the expectation of a stochastic integral, the result is 0. This is based on a result presented ...
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Implications of the Riemann hypothesis in finance?

I was recently at a seminar by a top hedge fund manager at a top university for finance students, when one of the finance professors asked him what do you think are important areas of research for my ...
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What is Heston's equation?

This paper mentions the elliptic Heston operator: $Av:= -\frac y2(v_{xx}+2\rho\sigma v_{xy} + \sigma^2v_{yy}) - (c_0 - q - \frac y2)v_x + \kappa(\theta -y)v_y + c_0v$. Then boundary value problem ...
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Is linear programming important for quant?

I'm thinking about taking a course on Linear and Convex Programming, but I don't know how useful it is in the real world finance. Which areas in finance is mathematical programming used?
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Book recommendation: math toolkit for quantitative finance and statistics

I am looking for a book which teaches mathematical topics which are relevant to master quantitative finance and statistics. Please note, I do not mean a book which would explain how math is applied ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation for why Kelly gambling ignores odds?

I have just learned about Kelly gambling from Chapter 6 of Cover & Thomas' Introduction to Information Theory. The mathematical setup is that we have a horse race, with horse $i$ winning with ...
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Abstract algebra in economics and finance

Are there any applications of abstract algebra (group theory, rings, fields etc.) in any branch of either economics or finance?
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The Heston Solution For European Option - Jim Gatheral

I have this equation (Eq. (2.4) "The Volatility Surface - A Practitioner's Guide" by Jim Gatheral (Ed. 2006)): $$-\frac{\partial C(v, x, \tau)}{\partial \tau}+\frac{1}{2}v \frac{\partial^2 C(v,x,\tau)}...
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Foward-start option pricing

Consider a probability filtred space $(\Omega, \mathcal F, \mathbb F, \mathbb P)$, where $\mathbb F = (\mathcal F_t)_{0\leq t\leq T}$ satisfing the habitual conditions and is generated by $1 d $- ...
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Is the exponential Shannon entropy sub-additive?

In a recent paper of Salazar et al. (2014), The Diversification Delta: A Different Perspective, forthcoming in the Journal of Portfolio Management , the authors propose to use the exponential Shannon ...
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Show that in an arbitrage-free and non-redundant market a certain set is compact

Some notation: We consider a financial market with $d+1$ assets, the $0$-th asset is considered the risk-free asset, the others are the risky ones. The vector $\overline \pi \in \mathbb R^{d+1}$ ...
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Understanding the solution of this integral

The following integral represents an expected value of a geometric brownian motion for $S_T>K$ (i.e. part of the Black-Scholes call option price): $$\int_{z^*} (S_te^{\mu\tau-\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2\...
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What the expectation of S^2 is from GBM? [closed]

I was at an interview and was asked to write down the SDE for GBM. $$ dS = S\mu dt + S\sigma dX $$ Then I was asked how I would compute the expectation of S^2. I didn't know where to start. Any ...
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Mark Joshi, The concepts and practice of mathematical finance chapter 6 exercise 4

Let an asset follow a Brownian motion $$dS = \mu dt + \sigma dW$$ with $\mu$ and $\sigma$ constant. The constant interest rate is $r$. What process does $S$ follow in the risk-neutral measure? ...
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Clarify a derivation in Pat Hagan's Convexity Conundrums

I am looking for help in understanding the algebraic derivation to go in between some of the lines in Pat Hagan's famous Convexity Conundrums paper e.g. how he goes from 3.4a to 3.5a.
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What is the analytic value of an asset's risk contribution, if $n=2$?

The marginal risk contribution of asset $i$ is defined by Roncalli in his paper on ERC as follows: $$\frac{\partial \sigma(x)}{\partial x_i} = \frac{1}{\sigma(x)} \left( w_i \sigma_i^2 + \sum_{\...
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European call delta derivation

Let's write $S(T) = S_T$ and $S(0) = S_0$. We want to compute $\frac{d}{dS_0}\mathbb{E}[f(S_T)]$. From a previous discussion this is equal to $$\mathbb{E}_{S_0}\left[f(S_T)\frac{g'_{S_0}(S_T)}{g_{S_0}(...
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How to prove we have a $\mathbb{Q}$-Brownian motion?

Background Information: This question comes from the book Financial Calculus by Baxter and Rennie. WE start with looking at the marginal of $W_T$ under $\mathbb{Q}$. We need to find the likelihood ...
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How to price and find a replicating portfolio for a call spreads using a two-period binomial model?

Consider a two-period binomial model for a risky asset with each period equal to a year and take $S_0 = 1$, $u = 1.03$ and $l = 0.98$. a.) If the interest rate for both periods is $R = .01$, find the ...
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backward Kolmogorov equations - Markov properties

I'm a physicist who's research has lead him into the theory of stochastic differential equations. If this question is not appropriate for this forum, please feel free to delete it. So I've been ...
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Monty Hall Model

Given a fixed time period,say 3 days, the stock/market can go up,down or stay sideways. A hedge fund can long, short or use rangebound(options strategy) to bet for that 3 days closing level. Hedge ...
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Examples of discrete math within quantitative finance

The Wikipedia article on quants mentions discrete mathematics as a possible piece of their mathematical background. Are there good examples of problems within quantitative finance that are heavily ...
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Budget Constraint in Sharpe Ratio Optimization

I am a math student and I am trying to understand the budget constraint in Sharpe Ratio optimization for portfolio design. Recall the budget constraint requires that the sum of the portfolio weights ...
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derivation of heston pde in gatheral

Following Gather (the volatility surface, chapter 2) we assume the following process: $$ dS_t = S_t(\mu_t dt+\sqrt{\nu_t}dZ^1_t)$$ $$ d\nu_t= -\lambda(\nu_t-\bar{\nu})dt+\eta\sqrt{\nu_t}dZ^2_t$$ ...
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Hurst Exponent Calculation

I am trying to calculate the Hurst Exponent using Excel. I am facing a problem where the exponent value sometime goes beyond 1. Can someone share a link / material so that it will help me to calculate ...
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Conditional expectation of a non stochastic process

In an example I was working through it was shown that $W_{t}^{2} - t$ was a martingale with respect to the Brownian motion filtration $\mathcal{F}_{s}^{W}$ with $t>s$. Everything was fine except a ...
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Why is that a risk averse consumer buys the optimum insurance when there is actuarially fair insurance?

I think I understand the fact that when marginal utilities of the same function are equal (a consequence of the actuarially fair insurance), the independent variables in it must be equal -- right? But ...
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Value of European Call equals Value of American Call, Question on Explanation/Proof

I am reading S. Shreve, Stochastic Calculus for Finance, Vol. I. There he proves that American Call Options have the same value as European Call Options. In the proof he uses that for a Call option ...
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Derivation of Magrabe formula

I'm going through the following note by Davis, link. In chapter 3 he derives the Magrabe formula. I got stuck at equation $(3.16)$. We have two assets: $$dS_i(t)...
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Stochastic integral representation of $F(T-s,X_s)$-type equations

For $T\in R$ given and fixed consider: $$ {\rm d}F(T-t,X_t)=g(T-t,X_t)\,{\rm d}W_t. $$ where $g(t,x)$ is a given functions and $X_t$ is a given process driven by a brownian motion ($dX_t=(...)dt+(...)...
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Arrow-Debreu Equilibrium Pricing

I have this problem in asset pricing that I don't know how to solve. Here it is: Consider an economy with a complete set of Securities and $N$ states of the world Tomorrow. Assume that there are two ...