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The Monge Problem for Distance Cost in Geodesic Spaces

TitleThe Monge Problem for Distance Cost in Geodesic Spaces
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBianchini, S, Cavalletti, F
JournalCommunications in Mathematical Physics
Date PublishedMar

We address the Monge problem in metric spaces with a geodesic distance: (X, d) is a Polish space and dLis a geodesic Borel distance which makes (X, dL) a non branching geodesic space. We show that under the assumption that geodesics are d-continuous and locally compact, we can reduce the transport problem to 1-dimensional transport problems along geodesics. We introduce two assumptions on the transport problem π which imply that the conditional probabilities of the first marginal on each geodesic are continuous or absolutely continuous w.r.t. the 1-dimensional Hausdorff distance induced by dL. It is known that this regularity is sufficient for the construction of a transport map. We study also the dynamics of transport along the geodesic, the stability of our conditions and show that in this setting dL-cyclical monotonicity is not sufficient for optimality.


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