Last week, I naively applied Dupire's formula for deriving a local volatilty surface from a call price surface (in The ingredients of Dupire's formula) to noisy data. The diificulties arose from the second derivative of the call prices with respect to the strike price in the denominator. We obtained, again by naive differentiation, the following second derivative
Implied Black volatility continued, obtain better results by pre-smoothing?
To try it out, we just replace every call value on the surface by the average over the 5 point stencil
for the second derivative and
Hence, presmoothing delivers better results. But we can still do it much better by regularisation techniques.
In the forthcoming week, I will attend an inverse problems conference in Bristol, UK. Therefore, the next local vol blog will appear in two weeks.