Semi-discrete Optimal Transport¶

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This numerical tour studies semi-discrete optimal transport, i.e. when one of the two measure is discrete. It is not inteded to show efficient algorithm but only conveys the main underlying idea (c-transform, Laguerre cells, connexion to optimal quantization). In the Euclidean case, there exists efficient algorithm to compute Laguerre cells leveraging computational geometry algorithm for convex hulls.

Dual OT and c-transforms¶

The primal Kantorovitch OT problem reads $$W_c(\al,\be) = \umin{\pi} \enscond{\int_{\Xx \times \Yy} c(x,y) \text{d}\pi(x,y)}{ \pi_1=\al,\pi_2=\be }.$$ It dual is $$W_c(\al,\be) = \umax{f,g} \enscond{ \int_\Xx f \text{d} \al + \int_\Yy g \text{d} \be }{ f(x)+g(y) \leq c(x,y) }.$$

We consider the case where $\al=\sum_i a_i \de_{x_i}$ is a discrete measure, so that the function $f(x)$ can be replaced by a vector $(f_i)_{i=1}^n \in \RR^n$. The optimal $g(y)$ function can the be replaced by the $c$-transform of $f$ $$f^c(y) \eqdef \umin{i} c(x_i,y) - f_i.$$

The function to maximize is then $$W_c(\al,\be) = \umax{f \in \RR^n} \Ee(f) \eqdef \sum_i f_i a_i + \int f^c(y) \text{d}\be(y).$$

We now implement a gradient ascent scheme for the maximization of $\Ee$. The evaluation of $\Ee$) can be computed via the introduction of the partition of the domain in Laguerre cells $$\Yy = \bigcup_{i} L_i(f) \qwhereq L_i(f) \eqdef \enscond{y}{ \forall j, c(x_i,y) - f_i \leq c(x_j,y) - f_j }.$$ Where $f=0$, this corrsponds to the partition in Voronoi cells.

One has that $\forall y \in L_i(f)$, $f^c(y) = c(x_i,y) - f_i$, i.e. $f^c$ is piecewise smooth according to this partition.

The grid for evaluation of the "continuous measure".

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p = 500; % size of the image for sampling, m=p*p
t = linspace(0,1,p);
[V,U] = meshgrid(t,t);
Y = [U(:)';V(:)'];


First measure, sums of Dirac masses $\al = \sum_{i=1}^n a_i \de_{x_i}$.

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n = 30;
X = .5+.5i + exp(1i*pi/4) * 1*( .1*(rand(1,n)-.5)+1i*(rand(1,n)-.5) );
X = [real(X);imag(X)];
a = ones(n,1)/n;


Second measure $\be$, potentially a continuous one (i.e. with a density), mixture of Gaussians. Here we discretize $\beta = \sum_{j=1}^m b_j \de_{y_j}$ on a very fine grid.

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Z = {[.6 .9] [.4 .1]};  % mean
S = [.07 .09]; % variance
W = [.5 .5];
b = zeros(p); % ones(p)*.01;
for i=1:length(Z)
z = Z{i};
s = S(i);
b = b  + W(i) * exp( (-(U-z(1)).^2-(V-z(2)).^2)/(2*s^2) );
end
b = b/sum(b(:));


Display the two measures.

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Col = rand(n,3);
clf; hold on;
imagesc(t,t,-b);
s = 60*ones(n,1); % size
scatter( X(2,:), X(1,:), s, .8*Col, 'filled' );
axis equal; axis([0 1 0 1]); axis off;
colormap gray(256);


Initial potentials.

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f = zeros(n,1);


compute Laguerre cells and c-transform

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D = sum(Y.^2)' + sum(X.^2) - 2*Y'*X - f(:)';
[fC,I] = min(D,[], 2);
I = reshape(I, [p p]);


Dual value of the OT $\dot{f}{a}+\dotp{f^c}{\be}$.

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OT = sum(f.*a) + sum(fC.*b(:));


Display the Laguerre call partition (here this is equal to the Vornoi diagram since $f=0$).

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clf;
hold on;
imagesc(t,t,I); axis image; axis off;
contour(t,t,I, -.5:n+.5, 'k', 'LineWidth', 2);
colormap(Col);
scatter( X(2,:), X(1,:), (1+(f-min(f))*10)*100, Col*.8, 'filled' );


Where $\be$ has a density with respect to Lebesgue measure, then $\Ee$ is smooth, and its gradient reads $$\nabla \Ee(f)_i = a_i - \int_{L_i(f)} \text{d}\be(x).$$

sum area captured

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r = sum(sum( ( I==reshape(1:n,[1 1 n]) ) .* b, 1 ),2); r = r(:);
nablaE = a-r(:);


Exercise 1

Implement a gradient ascent $$f \leftarrow f + \tau \nabla \Ee(f).$$ Experiment on the impact of $\tau$, display the evolution of the OT value $\Ee$ and of the Laguerre cells.

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exo1()

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%% Insert your code here.


Display the evolution of the estimated OT distance.

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clf;
plot(1:niter, E, 'LineWidth', 2);
axis tight;


Stochastic Optimization¶

The function $\Ee$ to minimize can be written as an expectation over a random variable $Y \sim \be$ $$\Ee(f)=\EE(E(f,Y)) \qwhereq E(f,y) = \dotp{f}{a} + f^c(y).$$

One can thus use a stochastic gradient ascent scheme to minimize this function, at iteration $\ell$ $$f \leftarrow f + \tau_\ell \nabla E(f,y_\ell)$$ where $y_\ell \sim Y$ is a sample drawn according to $\be$ and the step size $\tau_\ell \sim 1/\ell$ should decay at a carefully chosen rate.

The gradient of the integrated functional reads $$\nabla E(f,y)_i = a - 1_{L_i(f)}(y),$$ where $1_A$ is the binary indicator function of a set $A$.

Initialize the algorithm.

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f = 0;


Draw the sample.

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i = (rand<W(1))+1; % select one of the two Gaussian
y = [S(i) * randn + Z{i}(1);S(i) * randn + Z{i}(2)];


detect Laguerre cell where y is

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[~,i] = min( sum(y.^2)' + sum(X.^2) - 2*y'*X - f(:)' );


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nablaEy = a; nablaEy(i) = nablaEy(i) - 1;


Exercise 2

Implement the stochastic gradient descent. Test various step size selection rule.

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exo2()

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%% Insert your code here.


Display the evolution of the estimated OT distance (warning: recording this takes lot of time).

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clf;
plot(1:niter, E, 'LineWidth', 2);
axis tight;


Optimal Quantization and Lloyd Algorithm¶

We consider the following optimal quantization problem $$\umin{ (a_i)_i,(x_i)_i } W_c\pa{ \sum_i a_i \de_{x_i},\be }.$$ This minimization is convex in $a$, and writing down the optimality condition, one has that the associated dual potential should be $f=0$, which means that the associated optimal Laguerre cells should be Voronoi cells $L_i(0)=V_i(x)$ associated to the sampling locations $$V_i(x) = \enscond{y}{ \forall j, c(x_i,y) \leq c(x_j,y) }.$$

The minimization is non-convex with respect to the positions $x=(x_i)_i$ and one needs to solve $$\umin{x} \Ff(x) \eqdef \sum_{i=1}^n \int_{V_i(x)} c(x_i,y) \text{d} \be(y).$$ For the sake of simplicity, we consider the case where $c(x,y)=\frac{1}{2}\norm{x-y}^2$.

The gradient reads $$\nabla \Ff(x)_i = x_i \int_{V_i(x)} \text{d}\be - \int_{V_i(x)} y \text{d}\be(y).$$ The usual algorithm to compute stationary point of this energy is Lloyd's algorithm, which iterate the fixed point $$x_i \leftarrow \frac{ \int_{V_i(x)} y \text{d}\be(y) }{ \int_{V_i(x)} \text{d}\be },$$ i.e. one replaces the centroids by the barycenter of the cells.

Intialize the centroids positions.

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X1 = X;


Compute the Voronoi cells $V_i(x)$.

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D = sum(Y.^2)' + sum(X1.^2) - 2*Y'*X1;
[fC,I] = min(D,[], 2);
I = reshape(I, [p p]);


Update the centroids to the barycenters.

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A = ( I==reshape(1:n,[1 1 n]) ) .* b;
B = ( I==reshape(1:n,[1 1 n]) ) .* b .* ( U+1i*V );
X1 = sum(sum(B,1),2) ./ sum(sum(A,1),2);
X1 = [real(X1(:))';imag(X1(:))'];


Exercise 3

Implement Lloyd algortihm.

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exo3()

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%% Insert your code here.


Display the evolution of the estimated OT distance.

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clf;
plot(1:niter, E, 'LineWidth', 2);
axis tight;

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