|Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Location: 1360 East Hall (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Title: Measuring association with Wasserstein distances
Abstract: Let π ∈ Π(μ, ν) be a coupling between two probability measures μ and ν on a Polish space. In this talk we propose and study a class of nonparametric measures of association between μ and ν, which we call Wasserstein correlation coefficients. These coefficients are based on the Wasserstein distance between ν and the disintegration of π with respect to the first coordinate. We also establish basic statistical properties of this new class of measures: we develop a statistical theory for strongly consistent estimators and determine their convergence rate in the case of compactly supported measures μ and ν. Throughout our analysis we make use of the so-called adapted/bicausal Wasserstein distance, in particular we rely on results established in [Backhoff, Bartl, Beiglböck, Wiesel. Estimating processes in adapted Wasserstein distance. 2020]. Our approach applies to probability laws on general Polish spaces.
Speaker: Johannes Wiesel
Institution: Columbia University