By Bernard Dacorogna

This e-book is constructed for the research of vectorial difficulties within the calculus of diversifications. the topic is a truly energetic one and virtually half the booklet includes new fabric. it is a new version of the sooner publication released in 1989 and it truly is appropriate for graduate scholars. The ebook has been up-to-date with a few new fabric and examples additional. purposes are incorporated.

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For any x ∈ we can find, from (i), a ∈ RN , a = 0, and α ∈ R, so that x; a < α < inf { x; a : x ∈ E} . Therefore the closed half space H = x ∈ RN : x; a ≥ α contains E but does not contain x. Therefore the intersection of the closed half spaces containing E does not contain any other point. 10 we can remove the assumption on the closedness of E. 11 Let E ⊂ RN be convex and x ∈ ∂E. Then there exists a ∈ RN , a = 0, such that x; a ≤ x; a , for every x ∈ E. Proof. 6, we have that x ∈ ∂E. 10 (ii) to E, we have the claim.

Moreover int E is empty if and only if E is contained in a hyperplane. 1 in Rockafellar [514]). 5 Every aﬃne subset of RN is the intersection of a finite collection of hyperplanes, where, by convention, the intersection of the empty family is equal to RN . 33 Convex sets Finally we have the following relations between the interior and closures of convex sets. 6 Let E ⊂ RN be convex. (i) int E = int E. (ii) If int E = ∅, then int E = E. (iii) ∂E = ∂E. 3 in Rockafellar [514]). ♦ Proof. We divide the proof into five steps.

Since f is bounded above in a neighborhood of x = 0, there exist λ > 0 and a > 0 such that |x|∞ ≤ λ ⇒ f (x) ≤ a. 24) Fix ǫ > 0 and without loss of generality assume that ǫ ≤ aN 2N (otherwise choose a even larger). We now show that |x|∞ ≤ ǫ λ ⇒ |f (x)| ≤ ǫ. 25) ǫ ≤ 1. aN 2N δ := Using the separate convexity of f, we have f (x) = f (x1 , · · · , xN ) = f (δ( ≤ δf ( x1 , x2 , · · · , xN ) + (1 − δ) (0, x2 , · · · , xN )) δ x1 , x2 , · · · , xN ) + (1 − δ) f (0, x2 , · · · , xN ) . δ Repeating the process with the second variable we have f (x) ≤ x1 x2 , x2 , · · · , xN ) + (1 − δ) δf (0, , · · · , xN ) δ δ + (1 − δ)2 f (0, 0, x3 , · · · , xN ) .