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Stochastic programming and the option of doing it differently

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Annals of Operations Research
Issue number1
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)3-8
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Option theory and stochastic programming are tightly linked. Most options can be analyzed in both frameworks, and the two approaches support each other in many slightly more complex situations. But this similarity hides some central differences in perspective. This short note tries to focus on one of these, namely the fact that option theory can be applied only to options already identified, while stochastic programming is able to help us find options in contexts where it is not at all clear what they are, and where finding might be more important than valuing.