Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Professor

Gangaram S. Ladde, Ph.D.


Hybrid system, Nonlinear models, Option pricing, Forecasting, ARIMA


The objective of the present study is to investigate option pricing and forecasting problems in finance. This is achieved by developing stochastic models in the framework of classical modeling approach. In this study, by utilizing the stock price data, we examine the correctness of the existing Geometric Brownian Motion (GBM) model under standard statistical tests. By recognizing the problems, we attempted to demonstrate the development of modified linear models under different data partitioning processes with or without jumps. Empirical comparisons between the constructed and GBM models are outlined. By analyzing the residual errors, we observed the nonlinearity in the data set. In order to incorporate this nonlinearity, we further employed the classical model building approach to develop nonlinear stochastic models. Based on the nature of the problems and the knowledge of existing nonlinear models, three different nonlinear stochastic models are proposed.

Furthermore, under different data partitioning processes with equal and unequal intervals, a few modified nonlinear models are developed. Again, empirical comparisons between the constructed nonlinear stochastic and GBM models in the context of three data sets are outlined. Stochastic dynamic models are also used to predict the future dynamic state of processes. This is achieved by modifying the nonlinear stochastic models from constant to time varying coefficients, and then time series models are constructed. Using these constructed time series models, the prediction and comparison problems with the existing time series models are analyzed in the context of three data sets. The study shows that the nonlinear stochastic model 2 with time varying coefficients is robust with respect different data sets. We derive the option pricing formula in the context of three nonlinear stochastic models with time varying coefficients.

The option pricing formula in the frame work of hybrid systems, namely, Hybrid GBM (HGBM) and hybrid nonlinear stochastic models are also initiated. Finally, based on our initial investigation about the significance of presented nonlinear stochastic models in forecasting and option pricing problems, we propose to continue and further explore our study in the context of nonlinear stochastic hybrid modeling approach.