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Certain Hermite-Hadamard type inequalities via generalized k-fractional integrals


Some Hermite-Hadamard type inequalities for generalized k-fractional integrals (which are also named \((k,s)\)-Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals) are obtained for a fractional integral, and an important identity is established. Also, by using the obtained identity, we get a Hermite-Hadamard type inequality.


Let \(f:I\subseteq\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) be a convex function defined on the interval I of real numbers and \(a,b\in I\) with \(a< b\). The following inequality

$$ f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr)\leq\frac{1}{b-a} \int_{a}^{b}f(x)\,dx\leq\frac {f(a)+f(b)}{2} $$

holds. This double inequality is known in the literature as a Hermite-Hadamard integral inequality for convex functions [1].

Sarikaya et al. established the following results for Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals.

Theorem 1.1

see Theorem 2 in [2]

Let \(f:[a,b]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) be a positive function with \(0\leq a< b\) and \(f\in L_{1}[a,b]\). If f is a convex function on \([a,b]\), then the following inequality for fractional integrals holds:

$$ f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr)\leq\frac{\Gamma(1+\alpha)}{2(b-a)^{\alpha}} \bigl[J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f(b)+J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}f(a) \bigr]\leq\frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2} $$

with \(\alpha>0\), where the symbols \(J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}\) and \(J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}\) denote the left-sided and right-sided Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals of the order \(\alpha\in\mathbb{R}^{+}\) that are defined by

$$J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f(x)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x} f(t) (x-t)^{\alpha -1}\,dt \quad (0 \leq a < x\leq b) $$


$$J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}f(x)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{x}^{b} f(t) (t-x)^{\alpha -1}\,dt\quad (0\leq a \leq x< b) $$

respectively. Here \(\Gamma(\cdot)\) denotes the classical gamma function [3], Chapter 6.

Theorem 1.2

see Theorem 3 in [2]

Let \(f:[a,b]\rightarrow\mathbb {R}\) be a differentiable mapping on \((a,b)\) with \(a< b\). If \(f'\in L[a,b]\), then the following inequality for Riemann-Liouville fractional integrals holds:

$$\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}-\frac{\Gamma(\alpha+1)}{2(b-a)^{\alpha}} \bigl[J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f(b)+J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}f(a) \bigr]\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq\frac{b-a}{2(\alpha+1)} \biggl(1-\frac{1}{2^{\alpha}} \biggr) \bigl(\bigl\vert f'(a)\bigr\vert +\bigl\vert f'(b)\bigr\vert \bigr) \end{aligned}$$

with \(\alpha>0\).

The Pochhammer k-symbol \((x)_{n,k}\) and the k-gamma function \(\Gamma _{k}\) are defined as follows (see [4]):

$$ (x)_{n,k}:=x(x+k) (x+2k)\cdots \bigl(x+(n-1)k \bigr) \quad (n \in\mathbb {N}; k >0 ) $$


$$ \Gamma_{k}(x):= \lim_{n \rightarrow\infty} \frac{n! k^{n} (nk)^{\frac {x}{k}-1}}{(x)_{n,k}}\quad \bigl(k >0; x \in\mathbb{C}\setminus k \mathbb{Z}_{0}^{-} \bigr), $$

where \(k \mathbb{Z}_{0}^{-}:= \{kn : n \in\mathbb{Z}_{0}^{-} \}\). It is noted that the case \(k=1\) of (1.4) and (1.5) reduces to the familiar Pochhammer symbol \((x)_{n}\) and the gamma function Γ. The function \(\Gamma_{k}\) is given by the following integral:

$$ \Gamma_{k}(x)= \int_{0}^{\infty}t^{x-1} e^{-\frac{t^{k}}{k}} \,dt \quad \bigl(\Re(x)>0\bigr). $$

The function \(\Gamma_{k}\) defined on \(\mathbb{R}^{+}\) is characterized by the following three properties: (i) \(\Gamma_{k}(x+k)=x \Gamma_{k}(x)\); (ii) \(\Gamma_{k}(k)=1\); (iii) \(\Gamma _{k}(x)\) is logarithmically convex. It is easy to see that

$$ \Gamma_{k}(x)= k^{\frac{x}{k}-1} \Gamma \biggl( \frac{x}{k} \biggr)\quad \bigl(\Re (x)>0; k >0 \bigr). $$

We want to recall the preliminaries and notations of some well-known fractional integral operators that will be used to obtain some remarks and corollaries.

The \((k,s)\)-Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator \(_{k}^{s}\mathcal{J}_{a}^{\alpha}\) of order \(\alpha>0\) for a real-valued continuous function \(f(t)\) is defined as (see [5], p.79, 2.1. Definition):

$$ {}_{k}^{s}\mathcal{J}_{a}^{\alpha}f(x)=\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha }{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}\bigl(x^{s+1}-t^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}-1}t^{s}f(t)\,dt, $$

where \(k>0\), \(\beta>0\) and \(s \in\mathbb{R}\setminus\{-1\}\).

The most important feature of \((k,s)\)-fractional integrals is that they generalize some types of fractional integrals (Riemann-Liouville fractional integral, k-Riemann-Liouville fractional integral, generalized fractional integral and Hadamard fractional integral). These important special cases of the integral operator \({}_{k}^{s}\mathcal {J}_{a}^{\alpha}\) are mentioned below.

  1. (1)

    For \(k=1\), the operator in (1.8) yields the following generalized fractional integrals defined by Katugompola in [6]:

    $$ {}_{a}^{r}\mathcal{J}_{t}^{\alpha}f(x)=\frac{(r+1)^{1-\alpha}}{\Gamma(\alpha )} \int_{a}^{x}\bigl(x^{r+1}-t^{r+1} \bigr)^{\alpha-1}t^{r}f(t)\,dt. $$
  2. (2)

    Firstly by taking \(k=1\), after that by taking limit \(r\rightarrow{-1^{+}}\) and using L’Hôpital’s rule, the operator in (1.8) leads to the Hadamard fractional integral operator [1, 7]. That is,

    $$\begin{aligned} \lim_{r \rightarrow-1^{+}} {}_{a}^{r} \mathcal{J}_{t}^{\alpha}f(x) =&\lim_{r \rightarrow-1^{+}} \frac{(r+1)^{1-\alpha}}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}\frac{f(t)t^{r}}{(x^{r+1}-t^{r+1})^{1-\alpha}}\,dt \\ =&\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}\lim_{r \rightarrow -1^{+}}f(t)t^{r} \biggl(\frac{r+1}{x^{r+1}-t^{r+1}} \biggr)^{1-\alpha}\,dt \\ =& \frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}f(t)\lim_{r\rightarrow-1^{+}} \biggl( \frac{r+1}{x^{r+1}-t^{r+1}} \biggr)^{1-\alpha}\frac {dt}{t} \\ =&\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}f(t) \biggl(\lim_{r \rightarrow -1^{+}} \frac{r+1}{x^{r+1}-t^{r+1}} \biggr)^{1-\alpha}\frac{dt}{t} \\ =&\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x} \biggl(\log\frac{x}{t} \biggr)f(t)\frac {dt}{t} \\ =& _{H}\mathcal{J}^{\alpha}\bigl[f(t)\bigr] \end{aligned}$$

    (see [8], p.569, eq. (3.13)).

  3. (3)

    If we take \(s=0\) in (1.8), operator (1.8), reduces to the k-Riemann-Liouville fractional integral operator, which has been firstly defined by Mubeen and Habibullah in [9]. This relation is as follows:

    $$ \mathcal{J}_{a,k}^{\alpha}\, f(x)=\frac{1}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int _{a}^{x}(x-t)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}-1}f(t)\,dt. $$
  4. (4)

    Again, taking \(s=0\) and \(k=1\), operator (1.8) gives us the Riemann-Liouville fractional integration operator

    $$ J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f(x)=\frac{1}{\Gamma(\alpha)} \int_{a}^{x}(x-t)^{\alpha-1}f(t)\,dt. $$

In recent years, these fractional operators have been studied and used to extend especially Grüss, Chebychev-Grüss and Pólya-Szegö type inequalities. For more details, one may refer to the recent works and books [7, 1021].

Main results

Let \(f:I^{\circ}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) be a given function, where \(a,b\in I^{\circ}\) and \(0< a< b<\infty\). We suppose that \(f\in L_{\infty}(a,b)\) such that \({}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f ( x )\) and \({}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}f ( x )\) are well defined. We define functions

$$\tilde{f}(x):=f(a+b-x),\quad x\in[a,b] $$


$$F(x):=f(x)+\tilde{f}(x),\quad x\in[a,b]. $$

Hermite-Hadamard’s inequality for convex functions can be represented in a \((k,s)\)-fractional integral form as follows by using the change of variables \(u=\frac{t-a}{x-a}\); we have from (1.8)

$$\begin{aligned} {}_{k}^{s}\mathcal{J}_{a}^{\alpha}f(x) =&(x-a) \frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha }{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac {(ux+(1-u)a)^{s}}{((ux+(1-u)a)^{s+1}-t^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha }{k}-1}} \\ &{}\times f\bigl(ux+(1-u)a\bigr) \,ds, \end{aligned}$$

where \(x>a\).

Theorem 2.1

Let \(\alpha,k>0\) and \(s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\{-1\}\). If f is a convex function on \([a,b]\), then we have

$$\begin{aligned} f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr) \leq&\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha +k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}F(a) \bigr] \\ \leq&\frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}. \end{aligned}$$


For \(u\in[0,1]\), let \(\xi=au+(1-u)b \) and \(\eta=(1-u)a+bu\). Using the convexity of f, we get

$$ f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr)=f \biggl(\frac{\xi+\eta}{2} \biggr) \leq \frac{1}{2}f(\xi)+\frac{1}{2}f(\eta). $$

That is,

$$ f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr) \leq\frac{1}{2}f \bigl(au+(1-u)b \bigr)+\frac{1}{2}f \bigl((1-u)a+bu \bigr). $$

Now, multiplying both sides of (2.3) by

$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac {\alpha}{k}}} $$

and integrating over \((0,1)\) with respect to u, we get

$$\begin{aligned}& (b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)}f \biggl(\frac {a+b}{2} \biggr) \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s} \,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \\& \quad \leq\frac{1}{2}(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}f(au+(1-u)b)\,du }{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \\& \qquad {}+\frac{1}{2}(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}f((1-u)a+bu)\,du }{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}. \end{aligned}$$

Note that we have

$$\int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s} \,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} =\frac{k (b^{s+1}-a^{s+1} )^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{\alpha(s+1)(b-a)}. $$

Using the identity

$$\tilde{f}\bigl((1-u)a+bu\bigr)=f\bigl(au+(1-u)b\bigr), $$

and from (2.1), we obtain

$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s} f(au+(1-u)b) \,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} = {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}\tilde{f}(b) $$


$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s} f((1-u)a+bu) \,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} = {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}f(b). $$

Accordingly, we have

$$ \frac{(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)}f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr) \leq \frac{ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)}{2}. $$

Similarly, multiplying both sides of (2.3) by

$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}}{ [(bu+(1-u)a)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac {\alpha}{k}}}, $$

integrating over \((0,1)\) with respect to u, and from (2.1), we also get

$$ \frac{(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)}f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr) \leq \frac{ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}F(a)}{2}. $$

By adding inequalities (2.4) and (2.5), we get

$$ f \biggl(\frac{a+b}{2} \biggr) \leq\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha +k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr], $$

which is the left-hand side of inequality (2.2).

Since f is convex, for \(u\in[0,1]\), we have

$$ f \bigl(au+(1-u)b \bigr)+f \bigl((1-u)a+bu \bigr)\leq f(a)+f(b). $$

Multiplying both sides of (2.6) by

$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac {\alpha}{k}}} $$

and integrating over \((0,1)\) with respect to u, we get

$$\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} &(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}f (au+(1-u)b )\,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \\ &\qquad {}+(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \int_{0}^{1} \frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}f ((1-u)a+bu )\,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \\ &\quad \leq (b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \bigl[f(a)+f(b) \bigr] \int_{0}^{1}\frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s} \,du}{ [b^{s+1}-(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}. \end{aligned} \end{aligned}$$

That is,

$$ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b) \leq\frac{ (b^{s+1}-a^{s+1} )^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)} \bigl[f(a)+f(b) \bigr]. $$

Similarly, multiplying both sides of (2.6) by

$$(b-a)\frac{(s+1)^{1-\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{k\Gamma_{k}(\alpha)} \frac{(ub+(1-u)a)^{s}}{ [(ub+(1-u)a)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} ]^{1-\frac {\alpha}{k}}} $$

and integrating over \((0,1)\) with respect to u, we also get

$$ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}F(a) \leq\frac{ (b^{s+1}-a^{s+1} )^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)} \bigl[f(a)+f(b) \bigr]. $$

Adding inequalities (2.7) and (2.8), we obtain

$$ \frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha +k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr]\leq \frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}, $$

which is the right-hand side of inequality (2.2). So the proof is complete. □

We want to give the following function that we will use later: For \(\alpha,k>0\) and \(s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\{-1\}\), let \(\nabla _{\alpha,s}:[0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}\) be the function defined by

$$\begin{aligned} \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t): =& \bigl(\bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}} - \bigl(\bigl(bt+(1-t)a\bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}} \\ &{}+ \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(tb+(1-t)a\bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}} - \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(ta+(1-t)b \bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}. \end{aligned}$$

In order to prove our main result, we need the following identity.

Lemma 2.1

Let \(\alpha,k>0\) and \(s\in\mathbb{R}I^{\circ}\). If f is a differentiable function on \(I^{\circ}\) such that \(f'\in L[a,b]\) with \(a< b\), then we have the following identity:

$$\begin{aligned}& \frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}-\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha +k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr] \\& \quad =\frac{(b-a)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \int_{0}^{1}\nabla_{\alpha ,s}(t)f' \bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\,dt. \end{aligned}$$


Using integration by parts, we obtain

$$\begin{aligned} {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b) =&\frac{ (b^{s+1}-a^{s+1} )^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)}F(a) +\frac{(b-a)}{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)} \\ &{}\times \int_{0}^{1} \bigl[ \bigl(b^{s+1}- \bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)^{s+1} \bigr) \bigr]^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}F'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)\,du. \end{aligned}$$

Similarly, we get

$$\begin{aligned} {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha}F(a) =&\frac{ (b^{s+1}-a^{s+1} )^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(s+1)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)}F(b) -\frac{(b-a)}{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha+k)} \\ &{}\times \int_{0}^{1} \bigl[\bigl(bu+(1-u)a \bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr]^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}F'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)\,du. \end{aligned}$$

Using the fact that \(F(x)=f(x)+\tilde{f}(x)\) and by simple computation, from equalities (2.10) and (2.11), we get

$$\begin{aligned}& \frac{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}}{(b-a)} \biggl(\frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2} -\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma_{k}(\alpha +k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr] \biggr) \\& \quad = \int_{0}^{1} \bigl[ \bigl(\bigl(bu+(1-u)a \bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}} - \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{ \alpha}{k}} \bigr] \\& \qquad {}\times F'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)\,du. \end{aligned}$$

Note that we have

$$F'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)=f'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a \bigr)-f'\bigl(au+(1-u)b\bigr), \quad u\in[0,1]. $$

Then we can easily obtain

$$\begin{aligned}& \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(\bigl(bu+(1-u)a \bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}F'\bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)\,du \\& \quad = \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(\bigl(ta+(1-t)b \bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}f'\bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\,dt \\& \qquad {}- \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(\bigl(bt+(1-t)a \bigr)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}f'\bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\,dt \end{aligned}$$


$$\begin{aligned}& \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(bu+(1-u)a \bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}F' \bigl(bu+(1-u)a\bigr)\,du \\& \quad = \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(ta+(1-t)b \bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}f' \bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\,dt \\& \qquad {}- \int_{0}^{1} \bigl(b^{s+1}-\bigl(bt+(1-t)a \bigr)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}f' \bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\,dt. \end{aligned}$$

Thus, the desired inequality (2.9) follows from inequalities (2.12), (2.13) and (2.14). □

For \(\alpha,k>0\), we introduce the following operator:

$$\Im(s,x,y):= \int_{a}^{\frac{a+b}{2}}\vert x-u\vert\bigl\vert y^{s+1}-u^{s+1}\bigr\vert ^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du - \int_{\frac{a+b}{2}}^{b}\vert x-u\vert\bigl\vert y^{s+1}-u^{s+1}\bigr\vert ^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}\,du, $$

\(s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\{-1\}\), \(x,y\in[a,b]\).

Using Lemma 2.1, we can obtain the following \((k,s)\)-fractional integral inequality.

Theorem 2.2

Let \(\alpha,k>0\) and \(s\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\{-1\}\). If f is a differentiable function on \(I^{\circ}\) such that \(f'\in L[a,b]\) with \(a< b\) and \(\vert f' \vert\) is convex on \([a,b]\), then

$$\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}-\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma _{k}(\alpha+k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr]\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq\frac{\Psi(s,\alpha,a,b)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}(b-a)}\bigl(\bigl\vert f'(a)\bigr\vert + \bigl\vert f'(b)\bigr\vert \bigr), \end{aligned}$$


$$\Psi(s,\alpha,a,b)=\Im(s,b,b)+\Im(s,a,b)-\Im(s,b,a)-\Im(s,a,a). $$


Using Lemma 2.1 and the convexity of \(\vert f'\vert\), we obtain

$$\begin{aligned}& \biggl\vert \frac{f(a)+f(b)}{2}-\frac{(s+1)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\Gamma _{k}(\alpha+k)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \bigl[ {}_{k}^{s}J_{a^{+}}^{\alpha}F(b)+ {}_{k}^{s}J_{b^{-}}^{\alpha }F(a) \bigr]\biggr\vert \\& \quad \leq \frac{(b-a)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \int_{0}^{1}\bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \bigl\vert f'\bigl(ta+(1-t)b\bigr)\bigr\vert \,dt \\& \quad \leq \frac{(b-a)}{4(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}} \biggl(\bigl\vert f'(a)\bigr\vert \int_{0}^{1} t\bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt +\bigl\vert f'(b)\bigr\vert \int_{0}^{1} (1-t)\bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt \biggr). \end{aligned}$$

Note that

$$ \int_{0}^{1} t\bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt=\frac {1}{(b-a)^{2}} \int_{a}^{b}\bigl\vert \wp(u)\bigr\vert (b-u)\,du, $$


$$\begin{aligned} \wp(u) =&\bigl(u^{s+1}-a^{s+1}\bigr)^{\frac{\alpha }{k}}-\bigl((b+a-u)^{s+1}-a^{s+1}\bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}} \\ &{}+\bigl(b^{s+1}-(b+a-u)^{s+1}\bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}-\bigl(b^{s+1}-u^{s+1}\bigr)^{\frac {\alpha}{k}}, \quad u\in[a,b]. \end{aligned}$$

Observe that is a non-decreasing function on \([a,b]\). Moreover, we have \(\wp(a)=-2(b^{s+1}-a^{s+1})^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}<0\) and \(\wp(\frac{a+b}{2})=0\). Thus, we have

$$\textstyle\begin{cases} \wp(u)\leq0 & \mbox{if } a\leq u\leq\frac{a+b}{2}, \\ \wp(u)>0 & \mbox{if } \frac{a+b}{2}< u\leq b. \end{cases} $$

So, we obtain

$$(b-a)^{2} \int_{0}^{1}t \bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt=\zeta _{1}+\zeta_{2}+\zeta_{3}+ \zeta_{4}, $$


$$\begin{aligned}& \zeta_{1} = \int_{a}^{\frac{a+b}{2}}(b-u) \bigl(b^{s+1}-u^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du - \int_{\frac{a+b}{2}}^{b} (b-u) \bigl(b^{s+1}-u^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du , \\& \zeta_{2} = - \int_{a}^{\frac{a+b}{2}}(b-u) \bigl(u^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du + \int_{\frac{a+b}{2}}^{b} (b-u) \bigl(u^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du, \\& \zeta_{3} = \int_{a}^{\frac{a+b}{2}}(b-u) \bigl((b+a-u)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du - \int_{\frac{a+b}{2}}^{b} (b-u) \bigl((b+a-u)^{s+1}-a^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du, \\& \zeta_{4} = - \int_{a}^{\frac{a+b}{2}}(b-u) \bigl(b^{s+1}-(b+a-u)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du + \int_{\frac{a+b}{2}}^{b} (b-u) \bigl(b^{s+1}-(b+a-u)^{s+1} \bigr)^{\frac{\alpha}{k}}\,du. \end{aligned}$$

Observe that \(\zeta_{1}=\Im(s,b,b)\) and \(\zeta_{2}=-\Im(s,b,a)\). Using the change of variable \(v=a+b-u\), we get \(\zeta_{3}=-\Im(s,a,a)\) and \(\zeta_{4}=\Im(s,a,b)\). Thus, we obtain

$$ \int_{0}^{1}t \bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt=\frac{\Im (s,b,b)+\Im(s,a,b)-\Im(s,b,a)-\Im(s,a,a)}{(b-a)^{2}}. $$


$$ \int_{0}^{1}(1-t) \bigl\vert \nabla_{\alpha,s}(t) \bigr\vert \,dt=\frac{\Im (s,b,b)+\Im(s,a,b)-\Im(s,b,a)-\Im(s,a,a)}{(b-a)^{2}}. $$

So, the desired inequality (2.15) follows from inequalities (2.16), (2.17) and (2.18). □


Lastly, we conclude this paper by remarking that we have obtained a Hermite-Hadamard inequality, an identity and a Hermite-Hadamard type inequality for a generalized k-fractional integral operator. Therefore, by suitably choosing the parameters, one can further easily obtain additional integral inequalities involving the various types of fractional integral operators from our main results.


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  • Hermite-Hadamard inequality
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  • \((k, s)\)-Riemann-Liouville fractional integral