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I am wondering if the following expression can be processed a bit analytically, $$ E \left[ e^{aX} \int_0^X e^{bu}dW(u)\right], $$ where $W_u$ is the normal Brownian motion (1D Wiener process), and $X$ is a random variable.

I know that $E \left[ \int_0^T e^{bu}dW(u)\right]$ is zero, so $E \left[ \int_0^X e^{bu}dW(u)\right]$ should also be zero. However $e^{aX}$ and $\int_0^X e^{bu}dW(u)$ are clearly correlated, so the expectation of their product is not trivial.

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    $\begingroup$ What do the angle brackets inside the expectation denote? Usually angle brackets would mean "quadratic variation" but that doesn't seem to make sense here. Are you just using them as parentheses? Anyway, without knowing more about the random variable $X$ (such as how it relates to the Brownian motion) I don't see how one is going to be able to say anything. $\endgroup$ – Nate Eldredge Feb 20 '15 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Nate Yes, the angle brackets are used as parenthesis for the expectation. I'll change them to square brackets. I see now how $X$ needs to be specified a more. I am looking into hitting times for SDEs, in particular the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck $dY(x) = (ax+b)dx + \sigma dW(x)$ because it has an explicit solution. The random variable X is defined as the values x for which Y(x)=y. First exit times can be studied via the Backward Kolmogorov with specified region boundaries, but I was wondering if some information about hitting times (not "first" anymore) can be obtained directly from the SDE solution. $\endgroup$ – lkdo Feb 20 '15 at 15:39

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