Overview of this book

Introduction to R for Quantitative Finance will show you how to solve real-world quantitative fi nance problems using the statistical computing language R. The book covers diverse topics ranging from time series analysis to fi nancial networks. Each chapter briefl y presents the theory behind specific concepts and deals with solving a diverse range of problems using R with the help of practical examples.This book will be your guide on how to use and master R in order to solve quantitative finance problems. This book covers the essentials of quantitative finance, taking you through a number of clear and practical examples in R that will not only help you to understand the theory, but how to effectively deal with your own real-life problems.Starting with time series analysis, you will also learn how to optimize portfolios and how asset pricing models work. The book then covers fixed income securities and derivatives such as credit risk management.
Introduction to R for Quantitative Finance
Credits
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Preface
Free Chapter
Time Series Analysis
Portfolio Optimization
Asset Pricing Models
Fixed Income Securities
Estimating the Term Structure of Interest Rates
Derivatives Pricing
Credit Risk Management
Extreme Value Theory
References
Index

Cubic spline regression

We need to choose the functions carefully if we want the estimation to yield a reasonably estimated discount function. The typical discount function is nonlinear. It is a monotonically decreasing function and converges to zero asymptotically at infinity. Thus, fitting a straight line is not a good idea. One can try to fit a higher order polynomial to the discount function. This is not a satisfactory solution either. If we fit low-order polynomials, they are usually not flexible enough and don't fit well, especially at the short-term maturities. If we fit high-order polynomials, they may fit well but tend to produce wild swings at long-term maturities where relatively few bonds mature. These wild swings usually result in unrealistic term structure estimates.

Spline functions are functions that help solve this problem as their flexibility can be increased locally where needed, without raising the polynomial order of the estimated function. Estimating the term structure...