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Let

$$X_t = \int_0^t W_s \,\mathrm d s$$

where $W_s$ is our usual Brownian motion. My questions are the following:

  1. Expectation?
  2. Variance?
  3. Is it a martingale?
  4. Is it an Ito process or a Riemann integral?

Any reference for practicing tricky problems like this?

For the expectation, I know it's zero via Fubini. We can put the expectation inside the integral. Now, for the variance and the martingale questions, do we have any tricks? Thanks!

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This type of integral has appeared so many times and in so many places; for example, here, here and here. Basically, for each sample $\omega$, we can treat $\int_0^t W_s ds$ as a Riemann integral. Moreover, note that \begin{align*} d(tW_t) = W_t dt + tdW_t. \end{align*} Therefore, \begin{align*} \int_0^t W_s ds &= tW_t -\int_0^t sdW_s \tag{1}\\ &= \int_0^t (t-s)dW_s, \end{align*} which can also be treated as a (parametrized) Ito integral. Then, it is easy to see that \begin{align*} E\left(\int_0^t W_s ds\right) = 0, \end{align*} and that \begin{align*} Var\left(\int_0^t W_s ds\right) &= \int_0^t(t-s)^2 ds\\ &=\frac{1}{3}t^3. \end{align*}

Regarding the martingality, note that, from $(1)$, \begin{align*} \int_0^{t_2} W_s ds -\int_0^{t_1} W_s ds &=t_2W_{t_2}-t_1W_{t_1} + \int_{t_1}^{t_2}sdW_s\\ &=t_2(W_{t_2}-W_{t_1}) + (t_2-t_1) W_{t_1} + \int_{t_1}^{t_2}sdW_s\\ &=(t_2-t_1) W_{t_1} + \int_{t_1}^{t_2}(t_2+s)dW_s, \end{align*} for $t_2>t_1\ge 0$. Therefore, \begin{align*} E\left(\int_0^{t_2} W_s ds\mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1} \right) &= \int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + (t_2-t_1) W_{t_1}. \end{align*} It is not a martingale. Another way to see this is based the equation \begin{align*} d\left(\int_0^t W_s ds\right) = W_t dt, \end{align*} which is not driftless.

EDIT:

One other approach for the martingality can proceed as follows. For $t_2>t_1 >0$, \begin{align*} E\left(\int_0^{t_2} W_s ds \mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1}\right) &= \int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + E\left(\int_{t_1}^{t_2} W_s ds \mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1}\right)\\ &= \int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + \int_{t_1}^{t_2} E\left(W_s \mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1}\right) ds\\ &=\int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + \int_{t_1}^{t_2} E\left(W_s \mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1}\right) ds\\ &=\int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + \int_{t_1}^{t_2} E\left(W_s-W_{t_1}+ W_{t_1}\mid \mathscr{F}_{t_1}\right) ds\\ &= \int_0^{t_1} W_s ds + (t_2-t_1)W_{t_1}. \end{align*}

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  • $\begingroup$ Faster and Shorter than my solution +1 $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 5 '16 at 19:17
  • $\begingroup$ Why are we allowed to apply integration by parts on $\int_0^tW_sds$ when Brownian Motions are not differentiable? $\endgroup$ – alpastor May 21 at 16:03
  • $\begingroup$ A Brownian motion is continuous, which is what need for integration. No smoothness is needed here. $\endgroup$ – Gordon May 21 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, just realized that my issue was that i didnt realize that $$ d(tW_t) = tdW_t + W_tdt $$ was just itos formula, $\endgroup$ – alpastor May 22 at 0:02
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Set $f(x)=x^3$ and apply Ito's lemma, $$W_{t}^{3}=3\int_{0}^{t}W_s^2dW_s+3\int_{0}^{t}W_sds$$ in other words $$\int_{0}^{t}W_sds=\frac 13 W_t^3-\int_{0}^{t}W_s^2dW_s\tag 0$$ therefore $$\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{t}W_sds\right]=\frac{1}{3}\mathbb{E}[W_t^3]- \mathbb{E}\left(\int_{0}^{t}W_s^2dW_s\right)=0\tag 1$$ so $$\operatorname{Var}\left(\int_{0}^{t}W_sds\right)=\mathbb{E}\left[\left(\int_{0}^{t}W_sds\right)^2\right]=\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{t}\int_{0}^{t}W_s\,W_u du\,ds\right]\\ \\ \qquad\quad\qquad\qquad\,\,\,=\int_{0}^{t}\int_{0}^{t}\mathbb{E}[W_sW_u]duds=\int_{0}^{t}\int_{0}^{t}\min\{s,u\}duds\\ \\ \qquad\qquad=\int_{0}^{t}\int_{0}^{s}u\,duds+\int_{0}^{t}\int_{s}^{t}s\,duds=\frac 13 t^3 \tag 2$$ Indeed

$$\color{red}{\int_{0}^{t}W_sds\sim N\left(0\,,\,\frac 13t^3\right)}$$

so, we can say $\int_{0}^{t}W_s ds$ is a normal random time change with time change rate $W_s$. Now set $$X_t=\int_{0}^{t}W_udu=\frac 13 W_t^3-\int_{0}^{t}W_u^2dW_u$$ we have

$$\mathbb{E}\left[X_t\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=\frac{1}{3}\mathbb{E}\left[W_t^3\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]-\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{t}W_u^2dW_u\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]\tag 3$$ First we consider $$\mathbb{E}\left[W_t^3\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=\mathbb{E}\left[(W_t-W_s)^3+3W_s(W_t-W_s)^2+3W_s^2(W_t-W_s)+W_s^3\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]$$ Wiener process has Independent increments, then $$\mathbb{E}\left[W_t^3\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=3W_s\mathbb{E}\left[(W_t-W_s)^2\right]+W_s^3=3W_s(t-s)+W_s^3\tag 4$$ on the other hand $$\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{t}W_u^2dW_u\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{s}W_u^2dW_u\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]+\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{s}^{t}W_u^2dW_u\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=\int_{0}^{s}W_u^2dW_u\tag 5$$ $(3)$,$(4)$ and $(5)$ $$\mathbb{E}\left[X_t\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=\frac{1}{3}W_s^3+W_s(t-s)-\int_{0}^{s}W_u^2dW_u\tag 6$$ $(6)$ and $(0)$ $$\mathbb{E}\left[\int_{0}^{t}W_udu\Big{|}\mathcal{F}_s\right]=W_s(t-s)+\int_{0}^{s}W_udu\tag 7$$ hence $\int_{0}^{t}W_udu$ is not a martingale.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi, thanks for this, with respect to (4), I don't understand your answer. The question gives 2 options: either we are talking of a deterministic integral (riemann) or a Stochastic one? Thank you :) $\endgroup$ – Toofreak Aug 5 '16 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ No , It is not a Riemman or Ito integral. $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 5 '16 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ I think $\int_0^t W_s ds$ is a Riemann integral path-wise. $\endgroup$ – Gordon Aug 5 '16 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ With so respect, I don't think. Please check (Oksendal, Sixth edition,page 147) $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 5 '16 at 19:26
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    $\begingroup$ Except for a sample set with zero probability, for each other sample $\omega$, $W_t(\omega)$ is a continuous function, and then $\int_0^t W_s ds$ can be treated as a Riemann integral. $\endgroup$ – Gordon Aug 5 '16 at 19:36
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Just to add to the already nice answers, the result can also be obtained using the (stochastic) Fubini theorem.

\begin{align} \int_0^t W_s ds &= \int_0^t \int_0^s dW_u\, ds \tag{$W_s=\int_0^s dW_u$}\\ &= \int_0^t \int_u^t ds\,dW_u \tag{Fubini} \\ &= \int_0^t (t-u) dW_u \tag{$\int_u^t ds = t-u $} \end{align}

And we fall back on the same equation $(1)$ as in @Gordon's answer.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is good. Is there an another solution? $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 8 '16 at 9:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Behrouz Maleki let's wait and see :) $\endgroup$ – Quantuple Aug 8 '16 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ :D, Good job.I'll wait to see your good answer. $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 8 '16 at 9:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Behrouz Maleki, oh I was not talking about me :) maybe someone wil have another interesting approach $\endgroup$ – Quantuple Aug 8 '16 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ Ok :), no problem.But Your answers are always excellent $\endgroup$ – user16651 Aug 8 '16 at 9:40

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