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Existence and Approximation of Fixed Points for Set-Valued Mappings
© S. Reich and A. J. Zaslavski. 2010
- Received: 8 December 2009
- Accepted: 29 January 2010
- Published: 2 February 2010
Taking into account possibly inexact data, we study both existence and approximation of fixed points for certain set-valued mappings of contractive type. More precisely, we study the existence of convergent iterations in the presence of computational errors for two classes of set-valued mappings. The first class comprises certain mappings of contractive type, while the second one contains mappings satisfying a Caristi-type condition.
- Computational Error
- Unique Fixed Point
- Iterative Sequence
- Contractive Type
- Nonlinear Functional Analysis
The study of the convergence of iterations of mappings of contractive type has been an important topic in Nonlinear Functional Analysis since Banach's seminal paper  on the existence of a unique fixed point for a strict contraction [2–5]. Banach's celebrated theorem also yields convergence of iterates to the unique fixed point. During the last fifty years or so, many developments have taken place in this area. Interesting results have also been obtained regarding set-valued mappings, where the situation is more difficult and less understood. See, for example, [5–12] and the references cited therein. As already mentioned above, one of the methods used for proving the classical Banach theorem is to show the convergence of Picard iterations, which holds for any initial point. In the case of set-valued mappings, we do not have convergence of all trajectories of the dynamical system induced by the given mapping. Convergent trajectories have to be constructed in a special way. For instance, in , if at the moment we have reached a point , then we choose an element of (here is the given mapping) such that approximates the best approximation of from . Since our mapping acts on a general complete metric space, we cannot, in general, choose as the best approximation of by elements of . Instead, we require to approximate the best approximation up to a positive number , such that the sequence is summable. This method allowed Nadler  to obtain the existence of a fixed point of a strictly contractive set-valued mapping and the authors of  to obtain more general results. In view of this state of affairs, it is important to study convergence of the iterates of set-valued mappings in the presence of errors.
In this paper, we study the existence of convergent iterations in the presence of computational errors for two classes of set-valued mappings. The first class comprises certain mappings of contractive type, while the second one contains mappings satisfying a Caristi-type condition.
As we have already mentioned, the existence of a convergent iterative sequence for set-valued strict contractions was established by Nadler . For a more general class of mappings satisfying a certain contractive condition, this was proved in . In the present paper, we show that the existence result of  still holds even when possible computational errors are taken into account (see Theorems 2.2–2.4 below).
In Section 3, we obtain certain results regarding set-valued mappings satisfying a Caristi-type condition which complement the results in . There we establish the existence of a fixed point for such mappings assuming that their graphs are closed. Here we first show that a set-valued mapping satisfies a Caristi-type condition if and only if there exists an iterative sequence such that the sum of the distances between and , when runs from zero to infinity, is finite. Then we prove an analog of the Caristi-type result in , replacing the closedness of the graph of the mapping with a lower semicontinuity assumption as in Caristi's original theorem .
Let be a complete metric space. For each and each nonempty set , set
For each pair of nonempty sets , put
Let , satisfy
let be a decreasing function such that
and assume that
We begin with the following obvious fact.
holds for all integers .
This theorem is a consequence of Lemma 2.1 and our next result.
Let . Then there exists so that for each , there is a natural number such that the following assertion holds.
Assume that a sequence of mappings , , satisfies
Then for all integers .
such that (2.14) and (2.15) hold.
Let be an integer. By (2.3), (2.5), and (2.14),
for all integers .
We claim that there is an integer such that
This, however, contradicts (2.17).
Therefore, there is an integer such that (2.22) holds. Next, we assert that
There are two cases: either
This contradicts (2.27).
The contradiction we have reached in both cases proves that (2.26) holds.
This completes the proof of Theorem 2.3.
We end this section with another consequence of Theorem 2.3.
Let be as guaranteed by Theorem 2.3.
There is a natural number such that
Let a natural number be as guaranteed by Theorem 2.3.
Then for all integers ,
Theorem 2.4 is proved.
We begin this section by recalling [6, Theorem ].
Then converges to a fixed point of .
In the proof of this theorem, we actually showed that .
It turns out that the existence of such a sequence is actually equivalent to the existence of a function which is bounded from below and such that for each ,
More precisely, we are going to prove the following result.
Let be a complete metric space and . The following conditions are equivalent.
(A)There exists a function , which is bounded from below and not identically , such that for each , inequality (3.3) holds.
(B)There exists a sequence such that for all integers and .
Since is any positive number, we conclude that (3.3) holds. This completes the proof of Theorem 3.2.
It should be mentioned that in Theorem 3.1 we pose an assumption on without assuming that possesses lower semicontinuity properties, while in the original Caristi theorem no assumption was made on the mapping, but the function was assumed to be lower semicontinuous. In the following result, we obtain a simple analog of Theorem 3.1 for this situation.
Assume that is a complete metric space, , is closed for each , is a lower semicontinuous function which is bounded from below and not identically , and that for each , inequality (3.3) holds. Then has a fixed point.
Since is any positive number, it follows that . Theorem 3.3 is proved.
Note added in proof
After our paper was accepted for publication, Pavel Semenov has kindly informed us that our Theorem 3.3 is almost identical with Corollary 1.7 on page 521 of Volume I of the Handbook of Multivalued Analysis by S. Hu and N. S. Papageorgiou, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1997. It may be of interest to note that the above authors deduce their Corollary from a set-valued version of Caristi's fixed point theorem, while we use Ekeland's variational principle (which is known to be equivalent to Caristi's fixed point theorem).
This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (Grant no. 647/07), the Fund for the Promotion of Research at the Technion, and by the Technion President's Research Fund.
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