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The geodesic problem in quasimetric spaces
{a} theorem) still hold in quasimetric spaces.
Moreover, we explore conditions under which a quasimetric will induce an intrinsic metric.
As an example, we introduce a family of quasimetrics on the space of atomic probability
measures. The associated intrinsic metrics induced by these quasimetrics coincide with the
$d_{\alpha}$ metric studied early in the study of branching structures arisen in ramified
optimal transportation. An optimal transport path between two atomic probability measures
typically has a "tree shaped" branching structure. Here, we show that these optimal
transport paths turn out to be geodesics in these intrinsic metric spaces."/>
{a} theorem) still hold in quasimetric spaces.
Moreover, we explore conditions under which a quasimetric will induce an intrinsic metric.
As an example, we introduce a family of quasimetrics on the space of atomic probability
measures. The associated intrinsic metrics induced by these quasimetrics coincide with the
$d_{\alpha}$ metric studied early in the study of branching structures arisen in ramified
optimal transportation. An optimal transport path between two atomic probability measures
typically has a "tree shaped" branching structure. Here, we show that these optimal
transport paths turn out to be geodesics in these intrinsic metric spaces."/>
{a} theorem) still hold in quasimetric spaces.
Moreover, we explore conditions under which a quasimetric will induce an intrinsic metric.
As an example, we introduce a family of quasimetrics on the space of atomic probability
measures. The associated intrinsic metrics induced by these quasimetrics coincide with the
$d_{\alpha}$ metric studied early in the study of branching structures arisen in ramified
optimal transportation. An optimal transport path between two atomic probability measures
typically has a "tree shaped" branching structure. Here, we show that these optimal
transport paths turn out to be geodesics in these intrinsic metric spaces."/>
{a} theorem) still hold in quasimetric spaces.
Moreover, we explore conditions under which a quasimetric will induce an intrinsic metric.
As an example, we introduce a family of quasimetrics on the space of atomic probability
measures. The associated intrinsic metrics induced by these quasimetrics coincide with the
$d_{\alpha}$ metric studied early in the study of branching structures arisen in ramified
optimal transportation. An optimal transport path between two atomic probability measures
typically has a "tree shaped" branching structure. Here, we show that these optimal
transport paths turn out to be geodesics in these intrinsic metric spaces.

## The geodesic problem in quasimetric spaces

- Author(s): Xia, Qinglan
- et al.

## Published Web Location

https://arxiv.org/pdf/0807.3377.pdfNo data is associated with this publication.

## Abstract

In this article, we study the geodesic problem in a generalized metric space, in which the distance function satisfies a relaxed triangle inequality $d(x,y)\leq \sigma (d(x,z)+d(z,y))$ for some constant $\sigma \geq 1$, rather than the usual triangle inequality. Such a space is called a quasimetric space. We show that many well-known results in metric spaces (e.g. Ascoli-Arzel