The Dirichlet--Ferguson Diffusion on the space of probability measures over a closed Riemannian manifold

Periodic seminar of the Department of Mathematics
28 November 2023
Start time 
2:30 pm
PovoZero - Via Sommarive 14, Povo (Trento)
Seminar Room "1"
Target audience: 
University community
UniTrento students
Contact person: 
Andrea Pinamonti, Andrea Marchese, Paolo Bonicatto
Contact details: 
Università degli Studi Trento 38123 Povo (TN) - Staff Dipartimento di Matematica
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Lorenzo Dello Schiavo (ISTA AUSTRIA)


We construct a diffusion process on the $L^2$-Wasserstein space $P_2(M)$ over a closed Riemannian manifold $M$. The process, which may be regarded as a candidate for the Brownian motion on $P_2(M)$, is associated with the Dirichlet form induced by the $L^2$-Wasserstein gradient and by the Dirichlet--Ferguson random measure with intensity the Riemannian volume measure on $M$. We discuss the closability of the form via an integration-by-parts formula, which allows explicit computations for the generator and a specification of the process via a measure-valued martingale problem. We comment how the construction is related to previous work of von Renesse--Sturm on the Wasserstein Diffusion, of Kondratiev--Lytvynov--Vershik on diffusions on the cone of Radon measures, and of Konarovskyi--von Renesse on the Modified Massive Arratia Flow. Ann. Probab. 50(2):591–648, 2022.

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