During the last few years, several variants of P. Lévy's formula for the stochastic area of complex Brownian motion have been obtained. These are of interest in various domains of applied probability, particularly in relation to polymer studies. The method used by most authors is the diagonalization procedure of Paul Lévy.
Here we derive one such variant of Lévy's formula, due to Chan, Dean, Jansons and Rogers, via a change of probability method, which reduces the computation of Laplace transforms of Brownian quadratic functionals to the computations of the means and variances of some adequate Gaussian variables.
We then show that with the help of linear algebra and invariance properties of the distribution of Brownian motion, we are able to derive simply three other variants of Lévy's formula.