# On Fixed Points of Maximalizing Mappings in Posets

- S Heikkilä
^{1}Email author

**2010**:634109

**DOI: **10.1155/2010/634109

© S. Heikkilä. 2010

**Received: **7 October 2009

**Accepted: **16 November 2009

**Published: **18 November 2009

## Abstract

We use chain methods to prove fixed point results for maximalizing mappings in posets. Concrete examples are also presented.

## 1. Introduction

According to Bourbaki's fixed point theorem (cf. [1, 2]) a mapping
from a partially ordered set
into itself has a fixed point if
is *extensive*, that is,
for all
, and if every nonempty chain of
has the supremum in
. In [3, Theorem
] the existence of a fixed point is proved for a mapping
which is*ascending*, that is,
implies
. It is easy to verify that every extensive mapping is ascending. In [4] the existence of a fixed point of
is proved if
for some
, and if
is*semi-increasing upward*, that is,
whenever
and
. This property holds, for instance, if
is ascending or*increasing*, that is,
whenever
.

In this paper we prove further generalizations to Bourbaki's fixed point theorem by assuming that a mapping
is*maximalizing*, that is,
is a maximal element of
for all
. Concrete examples of maximalizing mappings
which have or do not have fixed points are presented. Chain methods introduced in [5, 6] are used in the proofs. These methods are also compared with three other chain methods.

## 2. Preliminaries

A nonempty set
, equipped with a reflexive, antisymmetric, and transitive relation
in
, is called a *partially ordered set* (poset). An element
of a poset
is called an *upper bound* of a subset
of
if
for each
. If
, we say that
is the*greatest element* of
, and denote
. A lower bound of
and the least element,
, of
are defined similarly, replacing
above by
. If the set of all upper bounds of
has the least element, we call it the*supremum of*
and denote it by
. We say that
is a*maximal element* of
if
, and if
and
imply that
. The infimum of
,
, and a minimal element of
are defined similarly. A subset
of
is called a *chain* if
or
for all
. We say that
is *well ordered* if nonempty subsets of
have least elements. Every well-ordered set is a chain.

Let be a nonempty poset. A basis to our considerations is the following chain method (cf. [6, Lemma ]).

Lemma 2.1.

The following result helps to analyze the w-o chain of -iterations.

Lemma 2.2.

is valid whenever either of its sides is defined.

Proof.

The sets and have same upper bounds, which implies the assertion.

A subset
of a chain
is called an*initial segment* of
if
,
and
imply
. If
is well ordered, then every element
of
which is not the possible maximum of
has a *successor*:
, in
. The next result gives a characterization of elements of the w-o chain of
-iterations.

Lemma 2.3.

Given and , let be the w-o chain of -iterations. Then the elements of have the following properties.

An element of has a successor in if and only if exists and , and then .

If is an initial segment of and exists, then .

If and is not a successor, then .

- (a)
- (b)

Moreover, , by definition, whence .

- (c)
Assume that is an initial segment of , and that exists. If there is such that , then , so that . Assume next that every element of has the successor in . Since by (b), then . This holds for all . Since , then is an upper bound of . If is an upper bound of , then for every . Thus is an upper bound of , whence . But then , so that by (2.1).

- (d)
Assume that , and that is not a successor of any element of . Obviously, is an upper bound of . Let be an upper bound of . If , then also since is not a successor. Because by (b), then . This holds for every . Since also , then is an upper bound of . Thus . This holds for every upper bound of , whence .

- (e)

In the case when we obtain the following result (cf. [7, Proposition ]).

Lemma 2.4.

If , and if exists, then , and .

Lemma 2.4 is in fact a special case of Lemma 2.1, since the assumption implies that equals to the w-o chain of -iterations. As for the use of in fixed point theory and in the theory of discontinuous differential and integral equations, see, for example, [8, 9] and the references therein.

## 3. Main Results

Let be a nonempty poset. As an application of Lemma 2.1 we will prove our first existence result.

Theorem 3.1.

A mapping has a fixed point if is maximalizing, that is, is a maximal element of for all , and if exists in for some where is the w-o chain of -iterations.

Proof.

If is the w-o chain of -iterations, and if exists in , then and by Lemma 2.1. Since is maximalizing, then , that is, is a fixed point of .

The next result is a consequence of Theorem 3.1. and Lemma 2.3(e).

Proposition 3.2.

Assume that is maximalizing. Given , let be the w-o chain of -iterations. If exists, it is a fixed point of if and only if exists.

Proof.

Assume that exists. It follows from Lemma 2.3(e) that . If is a fixed point of , that is, , then , and .

Assume conversely that exist. Applying (2.1) and Lemma 2.2 we obtain

Thus, by Theorem 3.1, is a fixed point of .

As a consequence of Proposition 3.2 we obtain the following result.

Corollary 3.3.

If nonempty chains of have supremums, if is maximalizing, and if exists for all , then for each the maximum of the w-o chain of -iterations exists and is a fixed point of .

Proof.

Let be the w-o chain of -iterations. The given hypotheses imply that both and exist. Thus the hypotheses of Proposition 3.2 are valid.

The results of Lemma 2.3 are valid also when is replaced by the w-o chain of -iterations of . As a consequence of these results and Lemma 2.4 we obtain the following generalizations to Bourbaki's fixed point theorem.

Theorem 3.4.

- (a)
- (b)
- (c)

The previous results have obvious duals, which imply the following results.

Theorem 3.5.

A mapping has a fixed point if is minimalizing, that is, is a minimal element of for all , and if exists in for some whenever is a nonempty chain in .

Theorem 3.6.

A minimalizing mapping has a fixed point if exists whenever is a nonempty chain in , and if for some .

Proposition 3.7.

A minimalizing mapping has a fixed point if every nonempty chain has the infimum in , and if exists for all .

Remark 3.8.

The hypothesis that is maximalizing can be weakened in Theorems 3.1 and 3.4 and in Proposition 3.2 to the form: is maximalizing, that is, is a maximal element of .

## 4. Examples and Remarks

We will first present an example of a maximalizing mapping whose fixed point is obtained as the maximum of the w-o chain of -iterations.

Example 4.1.

It is easy to verify that , and that is maximalizing. To find a fixed point of , choose . It follows from Lemma 2.3(b) that the first elements of the w-o chain of -iterations are successive approximations

The sequence is strictly increasing, whence also is strictly increasing by (4.5). Thus the set is an initial segment of . Moreover, , and if , then . Since is bounded above by , then exists, and . Thus , and it belongs to , whence by Lemma 2.3(c). To determine , notice that by (4.5). Thus , or equivalently, , so that . Since , then by Lemma 2.3(c). Because is a maximal element of , then . Moreover, , so that is a fixed point of .

The first elements of the w-o chain of -iterations can be estimated by the following Maple program (floor ):

(1,1-floor(u) + floor(v)): (floor )/2: :

for to do (max , evalf(max ); end do;

The verification of the following properties are left to the reader.

- (i)
If , , and , then the elements of w-o chain of -iterations, after two first terms if , are of the form , , where is increasing and converges to . Thus is the maximum of and a fixed point of .

- (ii)
- (iii)
If , then and , , where the sequences and are bounded and increasing. The limit of is the smaller real root of ; , and the limit of is . Moreover and , whence no subsequence of the iteration converges to a fixed point of .

- (iv)
For any choice of the iterations and are not order related when . The sequence does not converge, and no subsequence of it converges to a fixed point of .

- (v)
Denote . The function , defined by (4.1), satisfies and is maximalizing. The maximum of the w-o chain of -iterations with is , and is a fixed point of . If , then and are not comparable.

The following example shows that need not to have a fixed point if either of the hypothesis of Theorem 3.1 is not valid.

Example 4.2.

Denote and , where and are as in Example 4.1. Choose , and let be defined by (4.1). is maximalizing, but has no fixed points, since and . The last hypothesis of Theorem 3.1 is not satisfied.

Denoting , then the set is a complete join lattice, that is, every nonempty subset of has the supremum in . Let satisfy and . has no fixed points, but is not maximalizing, since .

Example 4.3.

Moreover a Maple program introduced in Example 4.1 serves a method to estimate this solution. When , the estimate is , .

Remark 4.4.

The standard "solve" and "fsolve" commands of Maple 12 do not give a solution or its approximation for the system of Example 4.3.

In Example 4.1 the mapping is nonincreasing, nonextensive, nonascending, not semiincreasing upward, and noncontinuous.

Chain is compared in [10] with three other chains which generalize the sequence of ordinary iterations , and which are used to prove fixed point results for . These chains are the generalized orbit defined in [10] (being identical with the set defined in [11]), the smallest admissible set containing (cf. [12–14]), and the smallest complete -chain containing (cf. [10, 15]). If is extensive, and if nonempty chains of have supremums, then , and is their cofinal subchain (cf. [10, Corollary ]). The common maximum of these four chains is a fixed point of . This result implies Bourbaki's Fixed Point Theorem.

On the other hand, if the hypotheses of Theorem 3.4 hold and , then and are not necessarily comparable. The successor of such an in is by [14, Proposition ]. In such a case the chains , and attain neither nor any fixed point of . For instance when in Example 4.1, then , where is the w-o chain of -iterations. Since , then does not exist, (see [10]). Thus only attains a fixed point of as its maximum. As shown in Example 4.1, the consecutive elements of the iteration sequence are unordered, and their limits are not fixed points of . Hence, in these examples also finite combinations of chains used in [16, Theorem ] to prove a fixed point result are insufficient to attain a fixed point of .

Neither the above-mentioned four chains nor their duals are available to find fixed points of if and are unordered. For instance, they cannot be applied to prove Theorems 3.1 and 3.5 or Propositions 3.2 and 3.7.

## Authors’ Affiliations

## References

- Bourbaki N:
*Eléments de Mathématique, I. Théorie des Ensembles, Fascicule de Résultats, Actualités Scientifiques et Industrielles, no. 846*. Hermann, Paris, France; 1939.Google Scholar - Kirk WA:
*Fixed Point Theory: A Brief Survey, Notas de Matematicas, no. 108*. Universidas de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela; 1990.Google Scholar - Klimeš J:
**A characterization of inductive posets.***Archivum Mathematicum*1985,**21**(1):39–42.MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar - Heikkilä S: Fixed point results for semi-increasing mappings. to appear in Nonlinear StudiesGoogle Scholar
- Heikkilä S: Monotone methods with applications to nonlinear analysis. In Proceedings of the 1st World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts, 1996, Tampa, Fla, USA. Volume 1. Walter de Gruyter; 2147–2158.Google Scholar
- Heikkilä S:
**A method to solve discontinuous boundary value problems.***Nonlinear Analysis*2001,**47:**2387–2394. 10.1016/S0362-546X(01)00362-5MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar - Heikkilä S:
**On recursions, iterations and well-orderings.***Nonlinear Times and Digest*1995,**2**(1):117–123.MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar - Carl S, Heikkilä S:
*Nonlinear Differential Equations in Ordered Spaces*. Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, Fla, USA; 2000.MATHGoogle Scholar - Heikkilä S, Lakshmikantham V:
*Monotone Iterative Techniques for Discontinuous Nonlinear Differential Equations, Monographs and Textbooks in Pure and Applied Mathematics*.*Volume 181*. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, USA; 1994:xii+514.MATHGoogle Scholar - Manka R: On generalized methods of successive approximations. to appear in Nonlinear AnalysisGoogle Scholar
- Abian S, Brown AB:
**A theorem on partially ordered sets, with applications to fixed point theorems.***Canadian Journal of Mathematics*1961,**13:**78–82. 10.4153/CJM-1961-007-5MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar - Büber T, Kirk WA:
**A constructive proof of a fixed point theorem of Soardi.***Mathematica Japonica*1995,**41**(2):233–237.MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar - Büber T, Kirk WA: Constructive aspects of fixed point theory for nonexpansive mappings. In Proceedings of the 1st World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts, 1996, Tampa, Fla, USA. Volume 1. Walter de Gruyter; 2115–2125.Google Scholar
- Heikkilä S:
**On chain methods used in fixed point theory.***Nonlinear Studies*1999,**6**(2):171–180.MathSciNetMATHGoogle Scholar - Fuchssteiner B:
**Iterations and fixpoints.***Pacific Journal of Mathematics*1977,**68**(1):73–80.MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar - Baclawski K, Björner A:
**Fixed points in partially ordered sets.***Advances in Mathematics*1979,**31**(3):263–287. 10.1016/0001-8708(79)90045-8MathSciNetView ArticleMATHGoogle Scholar

## Copyright

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.