Generic improvements to least squares monte carlo methods with applications to optimal stopping problems

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The least squares Monte Carlo method is a standard tool for solving optimal stopping problems. Nonetheless, its performance is subject to the choice of regressors and is often unsatisfactory in the presence of nonlinearity in high-dimensional settings. These two issues are generally present in optimal stopping problems in practice. This paper provides two generic improvements to the least squares Monte Carlo method to address these issues. The first approach employs model averaging to alleviate the dependence on the choice of approximation model, and the other formulates a single-index regression that preserves nonlinearity in high-dimensional settings. We illustrate the efficacy of the proposed methods compared with existing ones on a wide range of stopping problems. The techniques introduced are generally applicable in any scenario where the least squares Monte Carlo method is viable with a negligible increase in computational cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1144
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


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