An adaptive averaging binomial method for option valuation

Kyoung Sook Moon, Hongjoong Kim

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We introduce efficient accurate binomial methods for option pricing. The standard binomial approximation converges to continuous Black-Scholes values with the saw-tooth pattern in the error as the number of time steps increases. When we introduce local averages of payoffs at expiry, the saw-tooth pattern in the error has been reduced and the approximation becomes reliable. Furthermore, we employ adaptive meshes around non-smooth regions for efficiency. Numerical experiments illustrate that the proposed method gives more accurate values with less computational work compared to other methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-515
Number of pages5
JournalOperations Research Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Adaptive methods
  • Binomial methods
  • Local averaging
  • Option pricing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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