Can neural networks learn the Black-Scholes model? A simplified approach

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2005
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Hamid, Shaikh A.
Habib, Abraham
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Southern New Hampshire University
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Neural networks have been shown to learn complex relationships. It would be interesting to see if the networks can be trained to learn the nonlinear relationship underlying Black-Scholes type models. Interesting hypothetical questions that can be raised are: If option pricing model had not been developed, could a technique like neural networks have learnt the nonlinear form of the Black-Scholes type model to yield the fair value of an option? Could the networks have learnt to produce efficient implied volatility estimates? Our results from a simplified neural networks approach are rather encouraging, but more for volatility outputs than for call prices.
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