Extremal flows in Wasserstein space

  title={Extremal flows in Wasserstein space},
  author={Giovanni Conforti and Michele Pavon},
  journal={Journal of Mathematical Physics},
We develop an intrinsic geometric approach to calculus of variations on Wasserstein space. We show that the flows associated to the Schroedinger bridge with general prior, to Optimal Mass Transport and to the Madelung fluid can all be characterized as annihilating the first variation of a suitable action. We then discuss the implications of this unified framework for stochastic mechanics: It entails, in particular, a sort of fluid-dynamic reconciliation between Bohm's and Nelson's stochastic… 

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