# Questions tagged [probability]

A probability expresses quantitatively how likely an event is to occur. We often encounter probabilities as conditional probabilities which express how likely an event is to occur in light of certain (given) information.

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### What is the probability of a lookback option ending in the money (CRR-model)

I would like to compute the probability that a certain lookback option ends in the money, let's say that the option has the following payoff $h_N=\max\left\{0,K-\min\{S_1,...,S_N\}\right\}$ where $K$ ...
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### Confidence in Sharpe ratio given performance

Suppose I have a strategy that I believe has a Sharpe ratio of X - not the Sharpe ratio of the backtest (this can be absolutely determined), but the ratio I expect it will actually take on over the ...
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### Ito's lemma for option pricing with Levy-alpha stable drift

Consider $$dS=\omega\left(\Lambda-S\right)dt+\sigma_S S dW_t,$$ such that such that $W_t$ is a Wiener process, $\sigma_S$ is constant, $\omega: t\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ represents anticipated drift and ...
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### Bayesian analysis in R for low default portfolios

I want to apply the knowledge of this paper (Bayesian estimation of probabilities of default for low default portfolios, by Dirk Tasche) in R, but I can't find the right bayesian package and functions ...
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### Does time remaining matter in NO Touch-ONE Touch probabilities?

I asked a question some days back and got an answer which I understand and make sense: Probability of touching short call strike and not touching touching short put strike of a short strangle? However,...
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### Why can’t delta’s be used to price double no touch options?

Here is the link to a MATLAB one touch option pricing calculator I used:OT I tried several inputs and I noticed that the one touch option price is approximately twice the delta of an equivalent ...
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### What is the probability of touching point A first?

The probability of a stock touching a point A which is below the current spot price is 35%, and the probability of the stock touching a point B which is above the current spot price is 20%. How can I ...
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### sub-Gaussian random variables in financial economics

Unlike financial time series that typically possess fat tails, sub-Gaussian random variables have strong decay in the tails of their distribution. do sub-Gaussian random variables or processes appear ...
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### Expected stock price range using implied volatility calculated by Black-Scholes

What's the correct way to calculate the expected stock price range using implied volatility, without the simplifying assumption that the stock price follows a normal distribution?
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### Finding Option Probability Density Using Local Volatility from Dupire Model

This question is different than pricing using dupire local volatility model and Is Dupire's local volatility model path independent to recover historical option price? I also asked this on Math ...
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### Identity of recent books on stock market & risk

Apologies if this seems out of place, but a couple years ago I read several popular books written in the last decade by a single author who was trying to disabuse readers of several fallacies ...
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I came across the following question and am trying to understand it better. I was hoping you could share your intuitions. For a given stock, you are certain that for the next 100 days, it will move ...
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### Statistical significance in the context of financial data?

I understand statistical significance in the general sense: we take a sample from a population and compute some parameter from the sample to infer what is the propulsion parameter to some degree of ...
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### is the concept of skew observed in fixed odds betting markets?

Bear with me if this sounds a little flippant, but this has got me curious. I know "sports arbitrage" is an active economic activity, although the arbitrage arguments, I think, are not ...
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### Ito Lemma for Poisson Process

I'm new to stochastic calculus on jump processes and encountered a difficulty. I would appreciate some clarification from the community on the following question. Let $g_t$ be a $\mathcal{F_t}$-...
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### Structuring and Customization

It seems complex derivatives in particular exotic options are not available at any retail broker. Can a regular retail trader get access to these instruments? Maybe through prop firms or banks? ...
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### open problems in mathematical finance

What are open problems in mathematical finance that use fundamental concepts of mathematics (functional analysis, geometry and topology, algebra and number theory etc.) and not data-driven. I have ...
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### Law of a geometric brownian motion first hitting time (formula dont match Monte Carlo Simulation)

I posted this question before on MSE I need to use it in a small step in the middle of a simulation and I think I'm not getting correct results to this probabilities and so for my all ...
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### Risk-Neutral Probability in a Binomial Tree

This question is probably very simple and I'm just missing the easy solution but I'm a bit confused so I thought I might as well try ask here. I've been given this question: When I tried to calculate ...
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### Why autocall probabilities are decreasing with time

I am wondering why autocall probabilities decrease with observation dates. Intuitively, I understand that as time goes, if the spot has not breached the barrier, it would need more and more kind of ...
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### Are these two expectations the same?

I'm studying Markov Processes and Ito diffusion, I'm just at the beginning but I can't understand the different formulation of the expectation formulated in two different books. I'm talking about ...