Let X be a topological space, I a real interval and ψ a real-valued function on X x I. In this paper, we prove that if ψ is lower semicontinuous and inf-compact in X, quasiconcave and continuous in I and satisfies sup_I_ inf_X_ ψ < inf_X_ sup_I_ ψ, then there exists λ*∈ I such that ψ (∙,λ*) has at least two global minima. An application involving the integral functional of the calculus of variations is also presented.
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Biagio Ricceri, Multiplicity of global minima for parametrized functions. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. 21 (2010), no. 1, pp. 47–57