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Optimal Transportation with an Oscillation-Type Cost: The One-Dimensional Case

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The main result of this paper is the existence of an optimal transport map T between two given measures μ and ν, for a cost which considers the maximal oscillation of T at scale δ, given by ω δ (T) : =  sup|x − y| < δ |T(x) − T(y)|. The minimization of this criterion finds applications in the field of privacy-respectful data transmission. The existence proof unfortunately only works in dimension one and is based on some monotonicity considerations.

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Lesesvre, D., Pegon, P. & Santambrogio, F. Optimal Transportation with an Oscillation-Type Cost: The One-Dimensional Case. Set-Valued Var. Anal 21, 541–556 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11228-013-0229-4

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  • Monge-Kantorovich
  • Optimal transportation
  • Modulus of continuity
  • Monotone transports
  • Privacy respect

Mathematics Subject Classifications (2010)

  • Primary 49J45; Secondary 49J05
  • 46N10