We study the Fokker–Planck equation as the many-particle limit of a stochastic particle system on one hand and as a Wasserstein gradient flow on the other. We write the path-space rate functional, which characterises the large deviations from the expected trajectories, in such a way that the free energy appears explicitly. Next we use this formulation via the contraction principle to prove that the discrete time rate functional is asymptotically equivalent in the Gamma-convergence sense to the functional derived from the Wasserstein gradient discretization scheme.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||ESAIM : Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|