Characterization of latticial cones in Hilbert spaces by isotonicity and generalized infimum

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A mapping is called isotone if it is monotone increasing with respect to the order defined by a pointed closed convex cone. Finding the pointed closed convex generating cones for which the projection mapping onto the cone is isotone is a difficult problem which was analyzed in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Such cones are called isotone projection cones. In particular it was shown that any isotone projection cone is latticial [2]. This problem is extended by replacing the projection mapping with a continuous isotone retraction onto the cone. By introducing the notion of sharp mappings, it is shown that a pointed closed convex generating cone is latticial if and only if there is a continuous isotone retraction onto the cone whose complement is sharp. This result is used for characterizing a subdual latticial cone by the isotonicity of a generalization of the positive part mapping x a dagger broken vertical bar x (+). This generalization is achieved by generalizing the infimum for subdual cones. The theoretical results of this paper exhibit fundamental properties of the lattice structure of the space which were not analysed before.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-390
Number of pages15
JournalActa Mathematica Hungarica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • translation invariant relations
  • retractions
  • isotone mappings
  • isotone projection cones
  • binary operations
  • projection onto cones
  • latticial cones


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