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F. Cavalletti - M. Huesmann

Existence and Uniqueness of optimal transport map

created by cavallett on 08 Jan 2013
modified on 25 Aug 2014


Accepted Paper

Inserted: 8 jan 2013
Last Updated: 25 aug 2014

Journal: Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Anal. Non Linéaire
Year: 2013


Let $(X,d,m)$ be a proper, non-branching, metric measure space. We show existence and uniqueness of optimal transport maps for cost written as non-decreasing and strictly convex functions of the distance, provided $(X,d,m)$ satisfies a new weak property concerning the behavior of $m$ under the shrinking of sets to points, see Assumption 1. This in particular covers spaces satisfying the measure contraction property.

We also prove a stability property for Assumption 1: If $(X,d,m)$ satisfies Assumption 1 and $\tilde m = g\cdot m$, for some continuous function $g >0$, then also $(X,d,\tilde m)$ verifies Assumption 1. Since these changes in the reference measures do not preserve any Ricci type curvature bounds, this shows that our condition is strictly weaker than measure contraction property.

Keywords: Optimal transport, measure contraction property, uniqueness of maps


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