Variational properties of the abstract subdifferential operator
Abstract convexity generalises classical convexity by considering the suprema of functions taken from an arbitrarily defined set of functions. These are called the abstract linear (abstract affine) functions. The purpose of this paper is to study the abstract subdifferential. We obtain a number of results on the calculus of this subdifferential: summation and composition rules, and prove that under some reasonable conditions the subdifferential is a maximal abstract monotone operator. Another contribution of this paper is a counterexample that demonstrates that the separation theorem between two abstract convex sets is generally not true. The lack of the extension of separation results to the case of abstract convexity is one of the obstacles in the development of abstract convexity based numerical methods.
- Pub Date:
- June 2022
- Mathematics - Optimization and Control;
- 16 pages