# What is the expectation of $\log(1+aX)$ where $X$ has an $F$ distribution?

The random variable $$Y$$ is defined by $$Y=\log(1+aX)$$ where $$X$$ has an $$F(m,m)$$ distribution and $$a$$ is a non-negative constant. What is the expectation of $$Y$$?

• It would be much simpler to note that if $X \sim F(2,2)$, then its pdf is $f(x) = \frac{1}{(1+x)^2}$ Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 15:54
• X has an F(m,m) distribution.not F(2,2) Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 3:58
• I can't find the formula for this integral,when $X$ has an $F(m,m)$ distribution Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 4:07
• For arbitrary degrees of freedom $a$ and $b,$ there is a relatively simple formula in terms of $\csc,$ $\Gamma$, and the logarithmic derivative of $\Gamma$ (aka $\psi,$ the "polygamma" function). It becomes indeterminate whenever either $2a$ or $2b$ is an integer, but can be evaluated with one or two applications of L'Hopital's Rule.
– whuber
Commented Dec 4, 2018 at 16:13

Let $$X,Y$$ be two independent $$\chi^2_m$$ random variables. We can write $$F = X/Y \sim F_{m,m}.$$ Note: you call my $$F$$ by $$X$$.
Notice that $$E\left[\log(1 + aF)\right] = E\left[\log\left(\frac{aX + Y}{Y}\right)\right] = E[\log(aX + Y)] - E[\log(Y)].$$ This might be easier to evaluate. $$E[\log(Y)]$$ has a formula you can look up.
If $$a=1$$, you can use the same formula for the other part. If not, then general linear combinations of Gamma random variables have a lesser-known distribution (see this and this). Perhaps there is some result one can dig up about expectations of the logarithm of these types of random variables. Or we could try integration.