Could someone please point me to a source or suggest ways in which we can obtain the Distribution, Density Functions, Expected Value, etc. of a Normal Distribution whose variance is distributed Log Normally.


$$X \sim N[\mu_{X},e^{Y}]$$

$$Y \sim N[\mu_{Y},\sigma^2_{Y}]$$

To Determine,

$$f_{X}(x), F_{X}(x), E(X), E(X^{2})$$

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  • $\begingroup$ See comment there. $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Jan 22, 2016 at 7:11

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$X \mid Y \sim \mathcal{N}\left(\mu_{X}, Y\right)$, no?

So $$f_{X}(x) = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}f_{X\mid Y}(x \mid y)f_{Y}(y)\text{ d}y$$

$F_{X}$ can be easily found from this.

In general, $$\mathbb{E}[g(X)] = \mathbb{E}\left[\mathbb{E}[g(X) \mid Y]\right] = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}g(x)f_{X \mid Y}(x \mid y)f_{Y}(y)\text{ d}x\text{ d}y$$

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    $\begingroup$ Just how does one propose to deal with the fact that when $Y \le 0$, $X \mid Y$ is not well-defined? $\endgroup$
    – heropup
    Jan 21, 2016 at 12:50
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    $\begingroup$ @heropup You know, that's an interesting question. I'm not sure. And now that I think about it, I wonder if the OP's question is even valid. I'm looking back at some conjugate prior notes, and I remember now that the additional distribution assumption is done on the mean, rather than the variance. $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2016 at 12:53
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    $\begingroup$ @Clarinetist Thanks for the pointer. Perhaps we can set the variance to be log normal. $\endgroup$
    – texmex
    Jan 21, 2016 at 12:59
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    $\begingroup$ @user249613 No matter what you end up doing, you're likely going to have a very disgusting expression that you'll likely have to numerically integrate. This isn't going to be pretty. $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2016 at 13:00
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    $\begingroup$ @user249613 Google normal-normal conjugate prior. $\endgroup$ Jan 21, 2016 at 13:02

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