Wasserstein distance estimates for the distributions of numerical approximations to ergodic stochastic differential equations Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2021

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 37


  • 242


  • 22

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1532-4435

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-7928


  • We present a framework that allows for the non-asymptotic study of the 2-Wasserstein distance between the invariant distribution of an ergodic stochastic differential equation and the distribution of its numerical approximation in the strongly log-concave case. This allows us to study in a unified way a number of different integrators proposed in the literature for the overdamped and underdamped Langevin dynamics. In addition, we analyse a novel splitting method for the underdamped Langevin dynamics which only requires one gradient evaluation per time step. Under an additional smoothness assumption on a d-dimensional strongly log-concave distribution with condition number k, the algorithm is shown to produce with an O(k5/4;d1/4e-1/2) complexity samples from a distribution that, in Wasserstein distance, is at most e>0 away from the target distribution.


  • Mathematics


  • markov chain monte carlo; langevin diffusion; bayesian inference; numerical analysis of sdes; strong convergence