## SABR model calibration

**Don’t use this!**

The SABR model is a stochastic volatility model, which attempts to capture the volatility smile in derivatives markets. The name stands for “Stochastic Alpha, Beta, Rho”, referring to the parameters of the model. It was developed by Patrick Hagan, Deep Kumar, Andrew Lesniewski, and Diana Woodward.

The SABR model describes a single forward F, such as a LIBOR forward rate, a forward swap rate, or a forward stock price. The volatility of the forward F is described by a parameter σ. SABR is a dynamic model in which both F and σ are represented by stochastic state variables whose time evolution is given by the following system of stochastic differential equations:

Constant parameters should satisfy the condition

Here, and are two correlated Wiener processes with correlation coefficient . For simplicity sake, we assume that , therefore, we put :

## Calibration by simple linear regression

By naive approach, in finite differences the SABR model looks:

Substitution and rearranging parts yields:

Therefore, we can get it as where b is an error term:

By renormalization of and :

Calculation of mean and variance of gives us the following

Solving the equation system yields:

Simple linear regression without intercept term gives the following estimation of :

Mean and variance of error term yields estimates of and .

## Open questions

- Bias of estimator
- Total least squares method might be more suitable for regression on random variables
- Experimental calibration on real world data

**Update: The major assumption is that the price is only growing. It is here: **

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