On Asymmetric Distances

• Volume: 1, page 200-231
• ISSN: 2299-3274

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Abstract

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In this paper we discuss asymmetric length structures and asymmetric metric spaces. A length structure induces a (semi)distance function; by using the total variation formula, a (semi)distance function induces a length. In the first part we identify a topology in the set of paths that best describes when the above operations are idempotent. As a typical application, we consider the length of paths defined by a Finslerian functional in Calculus of Variations. In the second part we generalize the setting of General metric spaces of Busemann, and discuss the newly found aspects of the theory: we identify three interesting classes of paths, and compare them; we note that a geodesic segment (as defined by Busemann) is not necessarily continuous in our setting; hence we present three different notions of intrinsic metric space.

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Andrea C.G. Mennucci. "On Asymmetric Distances." Analysis and Geometry in Metric Spaces 1 (2013): 200-231. <http://eudml.org/doc/266882>.

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