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Conditional Monte Carlo Estimation of Quantile Sensitivities.

Management Science (Impact Factor: 1.86). 01/2009; 55:2019-2027. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.1090.1090
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ABSTRACT Estimating quantile sensitivities is important in many optimization applications, from hedging in financial engineering to service-level constraints in inventory control to more general chance constraints in stochastic programming. Recently, Hong (Hong, L. J. 2009. Estimating quantile sensitivities. Oper. Res. 57 118-130) derived a batched infinitesimal perturbation analysis estimator for quantile sensitivities, and Liu and Hong (Liu, G., L. J. Hong. 2009. Kernel estimation of quantile sensitivities. Naval Res. Logist. 56 511-525) derived a kernel estimator. Both of these estimators are consistent with convergence rates bounded by n-1/3 and n-2/5, respectively. In this paper, we use conditional Monte Carlo to derive a consistent quantile sensitivity estimator that improves upon these convergence rates and requires no batching or binning. We illustrate the new estimator using a simple but realistic portfolio credit risk example, for which the previous work is inapplicable.

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