# On the importance of accuracy for bpvol solvers

Jun 12, 2014 · 2 minute read · CommentsWhile I was playing around calibrating the arbitrage free SABR model from Hagan (using the PDE on probability density approach), I noticed a misbehavior for some short maturity smiles. I thought it was due to the PDE implementation. Actually some of it was, but the remaining large error was due to the bpvol solver.

I initially took the same approach as Choi et al. in my solver, that is to work with in-the-money prices (they work with straddles) because it’s nice and convenient. I thought it was no big deal if prices lower than 1E-16 were not solved. It turns out I was wrong. Choi et al. solver has the same issue.

I have updated my solver since, to work with out-of-the-money option prices as well, and have near machine accuracy on the whole range. I also reduced the number of Chebyshev polynomials used in the process. All the details are in my updated paper at http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2420757