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STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series

Semidiscrete optimal transport maps: stability, limit theorems, and asymptotic efficiency

Kengo Kato (Cornell University)

Thursday 16 November 2023 14:00 - 15:30

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About this event

We study statistical inference for the optimal transport (OT) map (also known as the Brenier map) from a known absolutely continuous reference distribution onto an unknown finitely discrete target distribution. We derive limit distributions for the integral and linear functionals of the empirical OT map, together with their moment convergence. The former has a non-Gaussian limit, whose explicit density is derived, while the latter attains asymptotic normality. For both cases, we also establish consistency of the nonparametric bootstrap. The derivation of our limit theorems relies on new stability estimates of functionals of the OT map with respect to the dual potential vector, which may be of independent interest. We also discuss applications of our limit theorems to the construction of confidence sets for the OT map and inference for a maximum tail correlation. Finally, we discuss asymptotic efficiency of the empirical OT map in an infinite dimensional setting.

STICERD Econometrics seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 14.00-15.30, in SAL 3.05, unless specified otherwise.

Seminar organisers: Professor Tai Otsu and Dr. Vassilis Hajivassiliou.

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