We provide and analyze a based average for two convex functions, based on a kernel function. It covers several known averages such as the arithmetic average, epigraphical average, and the proximal average. When applied to the Fitzpatrick function and the conjugate of Fitzpatrick function associated with a monotone operator, our average produces an autoconjugate (also known as selfdual Lagrangian) which can be used for finding an explicit maximal monotone extension of the given monotone operator. This completely settles one of the open problems posed by Fitzpatrick in the setting of reflexive Banach spaces.
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