Monte Carlo Simulation

  • Sun-Chong Wang
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 743)


Monte Carlo, Monaco, hosts casinos where games of chance, such as slot machines, are played. Although a slot machine occasionally spews out chunks of tokens to lucky patrons, it, in the long run, earns a predictable fortune for the casino owner. A scientist usually devices her games of chance with various tunable parameters. After many plays, she compares the outcome with that of the real experiment. By changing the values of the parameters, she hopefully reproduces in the game the experimental result. This way, scientists gain a better knowledge of the world. In other cases where experiments are hard or expensive to carry out, simulation is the only alternative. The method of simulation or calculation that involves sampling from random numbers is coined Monte Carlo method. We show how to generate specific distributions from a uniform random distribution. We introduce and implement in the example a stochastic-volatility jump-diffusion process to simulate the complex dynamics of the price of a financial asset.


Monte Carlo Simulation Cash Flow Random Number Generator Financial Asset Price Movement 
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References and Further Reading

  1. Textbooks on Monte Carlo simulation are, R.Y. Rubinstein, “Simulation and the Monte Carlo Method”, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York (1981)zbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. L. Devroye, “Non-Uniform Random Variate Generation”, Springer-Verlag, New York (1986)zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  3. Textbooks on probability and statistics are, G. Cowan, “Statistical Data Analysis”, Oxford University Press, Oxford (1998)Google Scholar
  4. R.J. Barlow, “Statistics: a Guide to the Use of Statistical Methods in the Physical Sciences”, John Wiley, New York (1989)zbMATHGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sun-Chong Wang
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  1. 1.TRIUMFCanada

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