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2020 On the long-time behaviour of McKean-Vlasov paths
K. Bashiri
Electron. Commun. Probab. 25: 1-14 (2020). DOI: 10.1214/20-ECP330


It is well-known that, in a certain parameter regime, the so-called McKean-Vlasov evolution $(\mu _{t})_{t\in [0,\infty )}$ admits exactly three stationary states. In this paper we study the long-time behaviour of the flow $(\mu _{t})_{t\in [0,\infty )}$ in this regime. The main result is that, for any initial measure $\mu _{0}$, the flow $(\mu _{t})_{t\in [0,\infty )}$ converges to a stationary state as $t\rightarrow \infty $ (see Theorem 1.2). Moreover, we show that if the energy of the initial measure is below some critical threshold, then the limiting stationary state can be identified (see Proposition 1.3). Finally, we also show some topological properties of the basins of attraction of the McKean-Vlasov evolution (see Proposition 1.4). The proofs are based on the representation of $(\mu _{t})_{t\in [0,\infty )}$ as a Wasserstein gradient flow.

Some results of this paper are not entirely new. The main contribution here is to show that the Wasserstein framework provides short and elegant proofs for these results. However, up to the author’s best knowledge, the statement on the topological properties of the basins of attraction (Proposition 1.4) is a new result.


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K. Bashiri. "On the long-time behaviour of McKean-Vlasov paths." Electron. Commun. Probab. 25 1 - 14, 2020.


Received: 24 January 2020; Accepted: 26 June 2020; Published: 2020
First available in Project Euclid: 1 August 2020

zbMATH: 1448.35040
MathSciNet: MR4129676
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/20-ECP330

Primary: 35B30 , 35B40 , 35K55 , 49J40 , 60G10

Keywords: basin of attraction , ergodicity , McKean-Vlasov evolution , Wasserstein gradient flows


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