1. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 723)
||First Variation Formula in Wasserstein Spaces over Compact Alexandrov Spaces|
We extend results proved by the second author (Amer. J. Math., 2009)
for nonnegatively curved Alexandrov spaces
to general compact Alexandrov spaces $X$ with curvature bounded
The gradient flow of a geodesically convex functional on the quadratic Wasserstein
space $(\mathcal P(X),W_2)$ satisfies the evolution variational inequality.
Moreover, the gradient flow enjoys uniqueness and contractivity.
These results are obtained by proving a first variation formula for
the Wasserstein distance.
Keywords:Alexandrov spaces, Wasserstein spaces, first variation formula, gradient flow
Categories:53C23, 28A35, 49Q20, 58A35