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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 245-252

Best approximation in Orlicz spaces

Department of Mathematics, Kuwait University, P.O. BOX 5969, Safat 130, Kuwait

Received 17 April 1989; Revised 23 December 1989

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Let X be a real Banach space and (Ω,μ) be a finite measure space and ϕ be a strictly icreasing convex continuous function on [0,) with ϕ(0)=0. The space Lϕ(μ,X) is the set of all measurable functions f with values in X such that Ωϕ(c1f(t))dμ(t)< for some c>0. One of the main results of this paper is: “For a closed subspace Y of X, Lϕ(μ,Y) is proximinal in Lϕ(μ,X) if and only if L1(μ,Y) is proximinal in L1(μ,X). As a result if Y is reflexive subspace of X, then Lϕ(ϕ,Y) is proximinal in Lϕ(μ,X). Other results on proximinality of subspaces of Lϕ(μ,X) are proved.