# Coincidence point theorems for *G*-isotone mappings in partially ordered metric spaces

- Shuang Wang
^{1}Email author

**2013**:96

**DOI: **10.1186/1687-1812-2013-96

© Wang; licensee Springer. 2013

**Received: **31 July 2012

**Accepted: **26 March 2013

**Published: **12 April 2013

## Abstract

We establish coincidence and common fixed-point theorems for *G*-isotone mappings in partially ordered metric spaces, which include the corresponding coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point theorems as special cases. Our proofs are simpler and essentially different from the ones devoted to coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point problems that appeared in the last years.

**MSC:**47H10, 54H25.

### Keywords

*G*-isotone mapping coincidence point common fixed point partially ordered metric space

## 1 Introduction

The Banach contraction principle is the most celebrated fixed-point theorem. There are great number of generalizations of the Banach contraction principle. A very recent trend in metrical fixed-point theory, initiated by Ran and Reurings [1], and continued by Nieto and Lopez [2, 3], Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [4] and many other authors, is to consider a partial order on the ambient metric space $(X,d)$ and to transfer a part of the contractive property of the nonlinear operators into its monotonicity properties. This approach turned out to be very productive; see, for example, [1–9], and the obtained results found important applications to the existence of solutions for matrix equations or ordinary differential equations and integral equations, see [1–4, 9] and reference therein.

In 2006, Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [4] introduced the notion of *coupled fixed point* and proved some fixed-point theorems under certain conditions. Later, Lakshmikantham and Ćirić [8] extended these results by defining the *mixed* *g-monotone property*, *coupled coincidence point* and *coupled common fixed point*. On the other hand, Berinde and Borcut [6] introduced the concept of *tripled fixed point* and proved some related theorems. Later, Borcut and Berinde [10] extended these results by defining the *mixed* *g-monotone property*, *tripled coincidence point* and *tripled common fixed point*. These results were then extended and generalized by several authors in the last five years; see [5, 6, 11–23] and reference therein. Recently, Karapınar [24] introduced the notion of *quadruple fixed* point and proved some related fixed-point theorems in partially ordered metric space (see also [24–27]). Berzig and Samet [28] extended and generalized the mentioned fixed-point results to higher dimensions. However, they used permutations of variables and distinguished between the first and the last variables. Very recently, Roldan *et al.* [29] extend the mentioned previous results for non-linear mappings of any number of arguments, not necessarily permuted or ordered, in the framework of partially ordered complete metric spaces. We remind the reader of the following fact: in order to guarantee the existence of coupled (tripled or quadruple) coincidence point, the authors constructed two (three or four) Cauchy sequences using the properties of mixed monotone mappings and contractive conditions. It is not easy to prove that two (three or four) sequences are simultaneous Cauchy sequences. Then we spontaneously wonder the following questions:

**Question 1.1** Can we obtain more general fixed-point theorems including the corresponding coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point theorems as three special cases?

**Question 1.2** Can we provide a new method for approximating coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed points?

In this work, motivated and inspired by the above results, we establish more general fixed-point theorems including the coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point theorems as three special cases. Furthermore, we provide affirmative answers to Questions 1.1 and 1.2. The main results extend and improve the recent corresponding results in the literature. Our works bring at least two new features to coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point theory. First, we provide a new method for approximating coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed points. Second, our proofs are simpler and essentially different from the ones devoted to coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point problems that appeared in the last years.

## 2 Preliminaries

For simplicity, we denote from now on $\underset{k}{\underset{\u23df}{X\times X\cdots X\times X}}$ by ${X}^{k}$, where $k\in \mathbb{N}$ and *X* is a non-empty set. Let *n* be a positive integer, ${\phi}^{n}(t)$ will denote the function ${\phi}^{n}(t)=\underset{n}{\underset{\u23df}{\phi \circ \phi \cdots \phi \circ \phi}}(t)$. If elements *x*, *y* of a partially ordered set $(X,\le )$ are comparable (*i.e.* $x\le y$ or $y\le x$ holds) we will write $x\asymp y$.

Let Φ denote the set of all functions $\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$, which satisfies

(i_{
φ
}) $\phi (t)<t$ for all $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$;

(ii_{
φ
}) ${lim}_{r\to {t}^{+}}\phi (r)<t$ for all $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$.

**Definition 2.1** [12]

*d*be a metric on

*R*. We say that $(R,d,\le )$ is regular if the following conditions hold:

- (i)
if a non-decreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is such that ${x}_{n}\to x$, then ${x}_{n}\le x$ for all

*n*, - (ii)
if a non-increasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ is such that ${y}_{n}\to y$, then ${y}_{n}\ge y$ for all

*n*.

**Definition 2.2** [8]

*F*has the mixed

*g*-monotone property if

*F*is monotone

*g*-non-decreasing in its first argument and is monotone

*g*-non-increasing in its second argument, that is, for any $x,y\in X$,

**Definition 2.3** [10]

*F*has the mixed

*g*-monotone property if $F(x,y,z)$ is

*g*-monotone non-decreasing in

*x*, it is

*g*-monotone non-increasing in

*y*and it is

*g*-monotone non-decreasing in

*z*, that is, for any $x,y,z\in X$,

Note that if *g* is the identity mapping, then Definitions 2.2 and 2.3 reduce to Definition 1.1 in [4] and Definition 4 in [6] of mixed monotone property, respectively.

**Definition 2.4** [29]

*F*has the mixed monotone property if $F(x,y,z,w)$ is monotone non-decreasing in

*x*and

*z*, and it is monotone non-increasing in

*y*and

*w*, that is, for any $x,y,z,w\in X$

Some authors introduced the concept of *coincidence point* in different ways and with different names. Let $F:{X}^{k}\to X$ and $g:X\to X$ be two mappings.

**Definition 2.5**A point $({x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{k})\in {X}^{k}$ is:

- (i)
a coupled coincidence point [8] if $k=2$, $F({x}_{1},{x}_{2})=g({x}_{1})$ and $F({x}_{2},{x}_{1})=g({x}_{2})$,

- (ii)
a tripled coincidence point [10] if $k=3$, $F({x}_{1},{x}_{2},{x}_{3})=g({x}_{1})$, $F({x}_{2},{x}_{1},{x}_{2})=g({x}_{2})$ and $F({x}_{3},{x}_{2},{x}_{1})=g({x}_{3})$,

- (iii)
a coupled common fixed point [8] if $k=2$, $F({x}_{1},{x}_{2})=g({x}_{1})={x}_{1}$ and $F({x}_{2},{x}_{1})=g({x}_{2})={x}_{2}$,

- (iv)
a tripled common fixed point [10] if $k=3$, $F({x}_{1},{x}_{2},{x}_{3})=g({x}_{1})={x}_{1}$, $F({x}_{2},{x}_{1},{x}_{2})=g({x}_{2})={x}_{2}$ and $F({x}_{3},{x}_{2},{x}_{1})=g({x}_{3})={x}_{3}$,

- (v)
a quadruple fixed point [24] if $k=4$, $F(x,y,z,w)=x$, $F(y,z,w,x)=y$, $F(z,w,x,y)=z$ and $F(w,x,y,z)=w$,

- (vi)
a Φ-coincidence point [29] if $k=n$, $F({x}_{{\sigma}_{i}(1)},{x}_{{\sigma}_{i}(2)},\dots ,{x}_{{\sigma}_{i}(n)})=g{x}_{{\tau}_{i}}$ for all

*i*.

Similarly, note that if *g* is the identity mapping, then *coupled coincidence point*, *tripled coincidence point* and Φ-*coincidence point* reduce to *coupled fixed point* (Gnana-Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [4]), *tripled fixed point* (Berinde and Borcut [6]) and Φ-*fixed point* [29], respectively.

**Definition 2.6**We say that the mappings $F:{X}^{k}\to X$ and $g:X\to X$ are commutative

*d*be a metric on

*X*. We endow the product space ${X}^{k}$ with the following partial order: for $({y}^{1},{y}^{2},\dots ,{y}^{i},\dots ,{y}^{k}),({v}^{1},{v}^{2},\dots ,{v}^{i},\dots ,{v}^{k})\in {X}^{k}$,

where ${Y}_{n}=({y}_{n}^{1},{y}_{n}^{2},\dots ,{y}_{n}^{k}),Y=({y}^{1},{y}^{2},\dots ,{y}^{k})\in {X}^{k}$. Indeed, $[{Y}_{n}\to Y\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}(n\to \mathrm{\infty})\iff {y}_{n}^{i}\to {y}^{i}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}(n\to \mathrm{\infty})\text{for all}i]$ ⇔ $[{\rho}_{k}({Y}_{n},Y)\to 0\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}(n\to \mathrm{\infty})\iff d({y}_{n}^{i},{y}_{i})\to 0\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}(n\to \mathrm{\infty})\text{for all}i]$.

In order to prove our main results, we need the following lemma.

**Lemma 2.7** *Let* $(X,\le )$ *be a partially ordered set and* *d* *be a metric on* *X*. *If* $(X,\le ,d)$ *is regular*, *then* $({X}^{k},\le ,{\rho}_{k})$ *is regular*.

*Proof*Without loss of generality, we assume that the sequence $\{{Y}_{n}\}$ is non-decreasing with ${Y}_{n}\to Y$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$), where ${Y}_{n}=({y}_{n}^{1},{y}_{n}^{2},\dots ,{y}_{n}^{k}),Y=({y}^{1},{y}^{2},\dots ,{y}^{k})\in {X}^{k}$. From (2.3), we have

By (2.1), (2.5) and (2.6), we have ${Y}_{n}\le Y$ for all *n*. By analogy, we show that if a non-increasing sequence $\{{Y}_{n}\}$ is such that ${Y}_{n}\to Y$, then ${Y}_{n}\ge Y$ for all *n*. Therefore, $({X}^{k},\le ,{\rho}_{k})$ is regular. □

## 3 Main results

We now state and prove the main results of this paper.

**Definition 3.1** We say that the mappings $T:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$ and $G:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$ are commutative if $TG(Y)=GT(Y)$ for all $Y\in {X}^{k}$.

**Definition 3.2**Let $({X}^{k},\le )$ be a partially ordered set and $T:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$, $G:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$. We say that

*T*is a

*G*-isotone mapping if, for any ${Y}_{1},{Y}_{2}\in {X}^{k}$

**Definition 3.3** An element $Y\in {X}^{k}$ is called a coincidence point of the mappings $T:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$ and $G:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$ if $T(Y)=G(Y)$. Furthermore, if $T(Y)=G(Y)=Y$, then we say that *Y* is a common fixed point of *T* and *G*.

**Theorem 3.4**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set and suppose there is a metric*

*d*

*on*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$G:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$

*and*$T:{X}^{k}\to {X}^{k}$

*be a*

*G*-

*isotone mapping for which there exists*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$

*such that for all*$Y\in {X}^{k}$, $V\in {X}^{k}$

*with*$G(Y)\ge G(V)$,

*where*${\rho}_{k}$

*is defined via*(2.2).

*Suppose*$T({X}^{k})\subset G({X}^{k})$

*and also suppose either*

- (a)
*T**is continuous*,*G**is continuous and commutes with**T**or* - (b)
$(X,d,\le )$

*is regular and*$G({X}^{k})$*is closed*.

*If there exists* ${Y}_{0}\in {X}^{k}$ *such that* $G({Y}_{0})\asymp T({Y}_{0})$, *then* *T* *and* *G* *have a coincidence point*.

*Proof*Since $T({X}^{k})\subset G({X}^{k})$, it follows that there exists ${Y}_{1}\in {X}^{k}$ such that $G({Y}_{1})=T({Y}_{0})$. In general, there exists ${Y}_{n}\in {X}^{k}$ such that $G({Y}_{n+1})=T({Y}_{n})$, $n\ge 0$. We denote ${Z}_{0}=G({Y}_{0})$ and

*T*is a

*G*-isotone mapping, we get

_{ φ }) we have

_{ φ }) we have

We claim that $\{{Z}_{n}\}$ is a Cauchy sequence. Indeed, if it is false, then there exist $\u03f5>0$ and the sequences $\{{Z}_{m(t)}\}$ and $\{{Z}_{n(t)}\}$ of $\{{Z}_{n}\}$ such that $n(t)$ is the minimal in the sense that $n(t)>m(t)\ge t$ and ${\rho}_{k}({Z}_{m(t)},{Z}_{n(t)})>\u03f5$. Therefore, ${\rho}_{k}({Z}_{m(t)},{Z}_{n(t)-1})\le \u03f5$.

where ${r}_{t}={\rho}_{k}({Z}_{n(t)},{Z}_{m(t)})$, which is a contradiction. Hence, the sequence ${\{{Z}_{n}\}}_{n=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}$ is a Cauchy sequence in the metric space $({X}^{k},{\rho}_{k})$. On the other hand, since $(X,d)$ is a complete metric space, thus the metric space $({X}^{k},{\rho}_{k})$ is complete. Therefore, there exists $\overline{Z}\in {X}^{k}$ such that ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{Z}_{n}=\overline{Z}$, that is, ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}G({Y}_{n})=\overline{Z}$.

*G*, we have ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}G(G({Y}_{n+1}))=G(\overline{Z})$. On the other hand, by the commutativity of

*T*and

*G*, we have

*T*, we have

which shows that $\overline{Z}$ is a coincidence point of *T* and *G*.

*n*. Since $G({X}^{k})$ is closed and by (3.2), we obtain that there exists $\overline{Y}\in {X}^{k}$ for which

for all $n\ge 0$. Letting $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ in the above inequality, we have ${\rho}_{k}(G(\overline{Y}),T(\overline{Y}))=0$, which implies that $G(\overline{Y})=T(\overline{Y})$. Therefore, $\overline{Y}$ is a coincidence point of *T* and *G*. □

**Remark 3.5** Different kinds of contractive conditions are studied and we use a distinct methodology to prove Theorem 3.4. The authors proved that any number of sequences are simultaneous Cauchy sequence in [29]. However, we only need to proof that one sequence is a Cauchy sequence.

Taking $k=1$ in Theorem 3.4, we can obtain the following result immediately.

**Corollary 3.6**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set and suppose there is a metric*

*d*

*on*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$G:X\to X$

*and*$T:X\to X$

*be a*

*G*-

*isotone mapping for which there exists*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$

*such that for all*$Y\in X$, $V\in X$

*with*$G(Y)\ge G(V)$,

*Suppose*$T(X)\subset G(X)$

*and also suppose either*

- (a)
*T**is continuous*,*G**is continuous and commutes with**T**or* - (b)
$(X,d,\le )$

*is regular and*$G(X)$*is closed*.

*If there exists* ${Y}_{0}\in X$ *such that* $G({Y}_{0})\asymp T({Y}_{0})$, *then* *T* *and* *G* *have a coincidence point*.

Now, we will show that Theorem 3.4 allow us to derive coupled, tripled and quadruple fixed-point theorems for mixed monotone mappings in partially ordered metric space.

Taking $k=2$, $T(Y)=(F(x,y),F(y,x))$ and $G(Y)=(g(x),g(y))$ for $Y=(x,y)\in {X}^{2}$ in Theorem 3.4, we can obtain the following result.

**Corollary 3.7**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set and suppose there is a metric*

*d*

*on*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$g:X\to X$

*and*$F:{X}^{2}\to X$

*be a mixed*

*g*-

*monotone mapping for which there exists*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$

*such that for all*$x,y,u,v\in X$

*with*$g(x)\ge g(u)$, $g(y)\le g(v)$,

*Suppose*$F({X}^{2})\subset g(X)$

*and also suppose either*

- (a)
*F**is continuous*,*g**is continuous and commutes with**F**or* - (b)
$(X,d,\le )$

*is regular and*$g(X)$*is closed*.

*If there exist*${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$

*such that*

*or*

*then there exist* $\overline{x},\overline{y}\in X$ *such that* $g(\overline{x})=F(\overline{x},\overline{y})$ *and* $g(\overline{y})=F(\overline{y},\overline{x})$, *that is*, *F* *and* *g* *have a couple coincidence point*.

*Proof*For simplicity, we denote $Y=(x,y)$, $V=(u,v)$ and ${Y}_{n}=({x}_{n},{y}_{n})$ for all $n\ge 0$. We endow the product space ${X}^{2}$ with the following partial order:

Since $F({X}^{2})\subset g(X)$, we have $T({X}^{2})\subset G({X}^{2})$.

*T*is a

*G*-isotone mapping. Indeed, suppose that $G({Y}_{1})\le G({Y}_{2})$, ${Y}_{1},{Y}_{2}\in {X}^{2}$. By (3.10) and (3.13), we have $g({x}_{1})\le g({x}_{2})$ and $g({y}_{1})\ge g({y}_{2})$. Since

*F*is

*g*-mixed monotone, we have

Similarly, we can obtain that for any ${Y}_{1},{Y}_{2}\in {X}^{2}$, $G({Y}_{1})\ge G({Y}_{2})\Rightarrow T({Y}_{1})\ge T({Y}_{2})$. By (3.8)-(3.10), we have there exists ${Y}_{0}\in {X}^{2}$ such that $G({Y}_{0})\asymp T({Y}_{0})$.

*g*, we have

*G*is continuous. From (3.12), (3.13) and using the commutativity of

*F*and

*g*, we have, for any $Y\in {X}^{2}$

*G*commutes with

*T*. It is easy to see that

*T*is continuous. Indeed, by (3.11), we obtain that ${Y}_{n}\to Y$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$) if and only if ${x}_{n}\to x$ and ${y}_{n}\to y$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$). Since

*F*is continuous, we have $F({x}_{n},{y}_{n})\to F(x,y)$ and $F({y}_{n},{x}_{n})\to F(y,x)$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$), for any ${Y}_{n}\to Y$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$). Therefore, we have

for any ${Y}_{n}\to Y$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$).

Suppose that the assumption (b) holds. It is easy to see that $G({X}^{2})$ is closed.

All the hypothesis of Theorem 3.4 ($k=2$) are satisfied, and so we deduce the existence of a coincidence point of *T* and *G*. From (3.12) and (3.13), there exists $(\overline{x},\overline{y})$ such that $g(\overline{x})=F(\overline{x},\overline{y})$ and $g(\overline{y})=F(\overline{y},\overline{x})$, that is, $(\overline{x},\overline{y})$ is a coupled coincidence point of *F* and *g*. □

**Remark 3.8** Note that in the case of the condition (b) satisfied in Corollary 3.7, we omit the control conditions: *g* is continuous and commutes with *F*, which are needed in the proof of Theorem 2.1 in [8] and Theorem 3 in [7].

Taking $k=3$, $T(Y)=(F(x,y,z),F(y,x,y),F(z,y,x))$ and $G(Y)=(g(x),g(y),g(z))$ for $Y=(x,y,z)\in {X}^{3}$ in Theorem 3.4, we can obtain the following result by the similar argument as we did in the proof of Corollary 3.7.

**Corollary 3.9**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set and suppose there is a metric*

*d*

*on*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$F:{X}^{3}\to X$

*and*$g:X\to X$

*such that*

*F*

*has the mixed*

*g*-

*monotone property and*$F({X}^{3})\subset g(X)$.

*Assume there is a function*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$

*such that*

*for any*$x,y,z,u,v,w\in X$

*for which*$g(x)\ge g(u)$, $g(v)\ge g(y)$

*and*$g(z)\ge g(w)$.

*Suppose either*

- (a)
*F**is continuous*,*g**is continuous and commutes with**F**or* - (b)
$(X,\le ,d)$

*is regular and*$g(X)$*is closed*.

*If there exist*${x}_{0},{y}_{0},{z}_{0}\in X$

*such that*

*or*

*then there exist*$x,y,z\in X$

*such that*

*that is*, *F* *and* *g* *have a tripled coincidence point*.

Similarly, taking $k=4$, $T(Y)=(F(x,y,z,w),F(y,z,w,x),F(z,w,x,y),F(w,x,y,z))$ and *G* is the identity mapping on ${X}^{4}$ for $Y=(x,y,z,w)\in {X}^{4}$ in Theorem 3.4, we can obtain the following result.

**Corollary 3.10**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set and suppose there is a metric*

*d*

*on*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$F:{X}^{4}\to X$

*such that*

*F*

*has the mixed monotone property*.

*Assume there is a function*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$

*such that*

*for any*$x,y,z,w,u,v,r,t\in X$

*for which*$x\ge u$, $y\le v$, $z\ge r$

*and*$w\le t$.

*Suppose either*

- (a)
*F**is continuous or* - (b)
$(X,\le ,d)$

*is regular*.

*If there exist*${x}_{0},{y}_{0},{z}_{0},{w}_{0}\in X$

*such that*

*or*

*then there exist*$x,y,z,w\in X$

*such that*

*that is*, *F* *have a quadruple fixed point*.

**Theorem 3.11** *In addition to the hypothesis of Theorem * 3.4, *suppose that for every* $\overline{Y},{Y}^{\ast}\in {X}^{k}$ *there exists* $V\in {X}^{k}$ *such that* $T(V)$ *is comparable to* $T(\overline{Y})$ *and to* $T({Y}^{\ast})$. *Also*, *assume that* *φ* *is non*-*decreasing*. *Let* *G* *commute with* *T* *if the assumption* (b) *holds*. *Then* *T* *and* *G* *have a unique common fixed point*, *that is*, *there exists a unique point* $\overline{Z}\in {X}^{k}$ *such that* $\overline{Z}=G(\overline{Z})=T(\overline{Z})$.

*Proof*From Theorem 3.4, the set of coincidence points of

*T*and

*G*is non-empty. Assume that $\overline{Y}$ and ${Y}^{\ast}\in {X}^{k}$ are two coincidence points of

*T*and

*G*. We shall prove that $G(\overline{Y})=G({Y}^{\ast})$. Put ${V}_{0}=V$ and choose ${V}_{1}\in {X}^{k}$ so that $G({V}_{1})=T({V}_{0})$. Then, similarly to the proof of Theorem 3.4, we obtain the sequence ${\{G({V}_{n})\}}_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}$ defined as follows: $G({V}_{n+1})=T({V}_{n})$, $n\ge 0$. Since $T(\overline{Y})=G(\overline{Y})$ and $T(V)=G({V}_{1})$ are comparable, without loss of generality, we assume that $G(\overline{Y})\le G({V}_{1})$. Since

*T*is a

*G*-isotone mapping, we have

*φ*is non-decreasing, it follows that

*T*and

*G*, we have

Denote $G(\overline{Y})=\overline{Z}$. By (3.17), we have $G(\overline{Z})=T(\overline{Z})$, that is $\overline{Z}$ is a coincidence point of *T* and *G*. Thus, we have $G(\overline{Z})=G(\overline{Y})=\overline{Z}$. Therefore, $\overline{Z}$ is a common fixed point of *T* and *G*.

*T*and

*G*. Then we have

□

**Corollary 3.12**

*In addition to the hypothesis of Corollary*3.7,

*suppose that for every*$(\overline{x},\overline{y}),({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in {X}^{2}$

*there exists*$(u,v)\in X\times X$

*such that*$(F(u,v),F(v,u))$

*is comparable to*$(F({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}),F({y}^{\ast},{x}^{\ast}))$

*and to*$(F(\overline{x},\overline{y}),F(\overline{y},\overline{x}))$.

*Also*,

*assume that*

*φ*

*is non*-

*decreasing*.

*Let*

*g*

*commute with*

*F*

*if the assumption*(b)

*holds*.

*Then*

*F*

*and*

*g*

*have a unique coupled common fixed point*,

*that is*,

*there exists a unique point*$(\overline{z},\overline{w})\in {X}^{2}$

*such that*

*Proof*Similarly to the proof of Corollary 3.7, we can obtain all conditions of Theorem 3.4 ($k=2$) are satisfied. In addition, by the commutativity of

*g*and

*F*, we have

*G*commutes with

*T*. For simplicity, we denote $\overline{Y}=(\overline{x},\overline{y})$, ${Y}^{\ast}=({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})$ and $V=(u,v)\in {X}^{2}$. By (3.12), we have

By hypothesis, there exists $V\in {X}^{2}$ such that $T(V)$ is comparable to $T(\overline{Y})$ and to $T({Y}^{\ast})$. Hence, there is no doubt that all conditions of Theorem 3.11 are satisfied ($k=2$). Therefore, there exists a unique point $\overline{Z}=(\overline{z},\overline{w})\in {X}^{2}$ such that $\overline{Z}=G(\overline{Z})=T(\overline{Z})$. That is, $\overline{z}=g(\overline{z})=F(\overline{z},\overline{w})$ and $\overline{w}=g(\overline{w})=F(\overline{w},\overline{z})$. □

By the similar argument as we did in the proof of Corollary 3.12, we deduce the following corollary from Theorem 3.11 ($k=3$).

**Corollary 3.13**

*In addition to the hypothesis of Corollary*3.9,

*suppose that for all*$(x,y,z)$

*and*$(u,v,r)$

*in*${X}^{3}$,

*there exists*$(a,b,c)$

*in*${X}^{3}$

*such that*$(F(a,b,c),F(b,a,b),F(c,b,a))$

*is comparable to*$(F(x,y,z),F(y,x,y),F(z,y,x))$

*and*$(F(u,v,r),F(v,u,v),F(r,v,u))$.

*Also*,

*assume that*

*φ*

*is non*-

*decreasing*.

*Let*

*g*

*commute with*

*F*

*if the assumption*(b)

*holds*.

*Then*

*F*

*and*

*g*

*have a unique tripled common fixed point*$(x,y,z)$,

*that is*,

## Author’s contributions

SW completed the paper herself. The author read and approved the final manuscript.

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The author thanks the editor and the referees for their useful comments and suggestions. This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Yancheng Teachers University under Grant (12YCKL001) and UNSF of Jiangsu province, China (09KJD110005).

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