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# Existence Theorems for Generalized Distance on Complete Metric Spaces

Fixed Point Theory and Applications20102010:397150

https://doi.org/10.1155/2010/397150

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## Abstract

We first introduce the new concept of a distance called -distance, which generalizes -distance, Tataru's distance, and -distance. Then we prove a new minimization theorem and a new fixed point theorem by using a -distance on a complete metric space. Our results extend and unify many known results due to Caristi, Ćirić, Ekeland, Kada-Suzuki-Takahashi, Kannan, Ume, and others.

## Keywords

• Variational Principle
• Point Theorem
• Fixed Point Theorem
• Existence Theorem
• Cauchy Sequence

## 1. Introduction

The Banach contraction principle [1], Ekeland's -variational principle [2], and Caristi's fixed point theorem [3] are very useful tools in nonlinear analysis, control theory, economic theory, and global analysis. These theorems are extended by several authors in different directions.

Takahashi [4] proved the following minimization theorem. Let be a complete metric space and let be a proper lower semicontinuous function, bounded from below. Suppose that, for each with there exists such that and Then there exists such that Some authors [57] have generalized and extended this minimization theorem in complete metric spaces.

In 1996, Kada et al. [5] introduced the concept of -distance on a metric space as follows. Let be a metric space with metric . Then a function is called a -distance on if the followings are satisfied.

(1) for any .

(2)For any is lower semicontinuous.

(3)For any , there exists such that and imply

They gave some examples of -distance and improved Caristi's fixed point theorem [3], Ekeland's variational principle [2], and Takahashi's nonconvex minimization theorem [4]. The fixed point theorems with respect to a -distance were proved in [812].

Throughout this paper we denote by the set of all positive integers, by the set of all real numbers, and by the set of all nonnegative real numbers.

Recently, Suzuki [6] introduced the concept of -distance on a metric space, which generalizes Tataru's distance [13] as follows. Let be a metric space with metric .

Then a function from into is called -distance on if there exists a function from into and the followings are satisfied:

(τ1) for all ;

(τ2) and for all and , and is concave and continuous in its second variable;

(τ3) and imply for all ;

(τ4) and imply ;

(τ5) and imply .

In this paper, we first introduce the new concept of a distance called -distance, which generalizes -distance, Tataru's distance, and -distance. Then we prove a new minimization theorem and a new fixed point theorem by using -distance on a complete metric space. Our results extend and unify many known results due to Caristi [3], Ćirić [14], Ekeland [2], Takahashi [4], Kada et al. [5], Kannan [15], Suzuki [6], and Ume [7, 12] and others.

## 2. Preliminaries

Definition 2.1.

Let be metric space with metric . Then a function from into is called -distance on if there exists a function from into such that

(u1) for all ;

(u2) and for all and , and for any and for every , there exists such that , , and imply
(2.1)
(u3)
(2.2)
imply
(2.3)

for all ;

(u4)
(2.4)
imply
(2.5)
or
(2.6)
imply
(2.7)
(u)
(2.8)
imply
(2.9)
or
(2.10)
imply
(2.11)

Remark 2.2.

Suppose that is a mapping satisfying (u2) (u5). Then there exists a mapping from into such that is nondecreasing in its third and fourth variable, respectively, satisfying (u2) (u5) , where (u2) (u5) stand for substituting for in (u2) (u5), respectively.

Proof.

Suppose that is a mapping satisfying (u2) (u5). Define a function by
(2.12)

By (2.12), we have and for all and . Also it follows from (2.12) that is nondecreasing in its third and fourth variable, respectively.

We shall prove the following:
(2.13)
Suppose that (2.13) does not hold. Then
(2.14)
By virtue of (2.12) and (2.14), we have
(2.15)
Combining (u2) and (2.14), we have the following:
(2.16)
Due to (2.16), we get that
(2.17)
From (2.16) and (2.17), we obtain the following.
(2.18)
(2.19)
(2.20)
In terms of (2.19) and (2.20), we deduce that
(2.21)
In view of (2.21), we get that
(2.22)
On account of (2.20), we know the following:
(2.23)
Using (2.16), (2.18), (2.19), and (2.23), we have the following:
(2.24)
By (2.24), we have
(2.25)

By virtue of (2.15), (2.19), (2.20), (2.22), and (2.25), we have which is a contradiction. Hence (u2) holds. From (2.12) and (u2)~(u5), it follows that (u3) ~(u5) are satisfied.

Remark 2.3.

From Remark 2.2, we may assume that is nondecreasing in its third and fourth variables, respectively, for a function satisfying (u2) (u5).

We give some examples of -distance.

Example 2.4.

Let be the set of real numbers with the usual metric and let be defined by . Then is a -distance on but not a -distance on .

Proof.

Define by for all and . Then and satisfy (u1)~(u5). But for an arbitrary function and for all sequences , and of such that
(2.26)

since the limit of the sequence and the limit of the sequence do not depend on and , the limit of the sequence may not be . This does not satisfy ( 5). Hence is not a -distance on . Therefore is a -distance on but not a -distance on .

Example 2.5.

Let be a -distance on a metric space . Then is also a -distance on .

Proof.

Since is a -distance, there exists a function satisfying ( 1)~( 5). Define by
(2.27)

Then it is easy to see that and satisfy (u2)~(u5). Thus is a -distance on .

Example 2.6.

Let be a normed space with norm . Then a function defined by for every is a -distance on but not a -distance.

Proof.

Let be as in the proof of Example 2.4. Then it is clear that satisfies and satisfies (u2)~(u5) on but does not satisfy . Thus is a -distance on but not a -distance.

Example 2.7.

Let be a normed space with norm . Then a function defined by for every is a -distance on .

Proof.

Define by for all and . Then satisfies and satisfies (u2)~(u5). Thus is a -distance on .

Example 2.8.

Let be a -distance on a metric space and let be a positive real number. Then a function from into defined by for every is also a -distance on .

Proof.

Since is a -distance on , there exists a function satisfying (u2) ~(u5) and satisfies (u1). Define by for all and . Then it is clear that satisfies and satisfies (u2)~(u5). Thus is a -distance on .

The following examples can be easily obtained from Remark 2.3.

Example 2.9.

Let be a metric space with metric and let be a -distance on such that is a lower semicontinuous in its first variable. Then a function defined by for all is a -distance on .

Example 2.10.

Let be a metric space with metric . Let be a -distance on and let be a function from into . Then a function defined by
(2.28)

is a -distance on .

Remark 2.11.

It follows from Example 2.4 to Example 2.10 that -distance is a proper extension of -distance.

Definition 2.12.

Let be a metric space with a metric and let be a -distance on . Then a sequence of is called -Cauchy if there exists a function satisfying (u2)~(u5) and a sequence of such that
(2.29)
or
(2.30)

The following lemmas play an important role in proving our theorems.

Lemma 2.13.

Let be a metric space with a metric and let be a -distance on . If is a -Cauchy sequence, then is a Cauchy sequence.

Proof.

By assumption, there exists a function from into satisfying (u2)~(u5) and a sequence of such that
(2.31)
or
(2.32)

Then from (u5), we have . This means that is a Cauchy sequence.

Lemma 2.14.

Let be a metric space with a metric and let be a -distance on .

(1)If sequences and of satisfy and for some , then .

(2)If and , then .

(3)Suppose that sequences and of satisfy and for some , then .

(4)If and , then .

Proof.
1. (1)
Let be a function from into satisfying (u2)~(u5). From Remark 2.3 and hypotheses,
(2.33)

By (u5), .
1. (2)

In (1), putting and for all , (2) holds.

By method similar to (1) and (2), results of (3) and (4) follow.

Lemma 2.15.

Let be a metric space with a metric and let be a -distance on . Suppose that a sequence of satisfies
(2.34)
or
(2.35)

Then is a -Cauchy sequence and is a Cauchy sequence.

Proof.

Since is a -distance on , there exists a function satisfying (u2) (u5). Suppose . Let . Then we have . Let be an arbitrary subsequence of . By assumption and (u2), there exists a subsequence of such that
(2.36)
From (u4), we obtain
(2.37)
Since is an arbitrary sequence of , is also an arbitrary sequence of . Hence
(2.38)
Therefore we get
(2.39)

This implies that is a -Cauchy sequence. By Lemma 2.13, is a Cauchy sequence. Similarly, if we can prove that is also a Cauchy sequence.

## 3. Minimization Theorems and Fixed Point Theorems

The following theorem is a generalization of Takahashi's minimization theorem [4].

Theorem 3.1.

Let be a metric space with metric , let be a proper function which is bounded from below, and let be a function such that, one has the following.

(i) for all .

(ii)For any sequence in satisfying
(3.1)
there exists such that
(3.2)

(iii) imply .

(iv)For every with , there exists such that
(3.3)
where a function is defined by
(3.4)
for all . Then, there exists such that
(3.5)

Proof.

Suppose for all . For each , let
(3.6)
Then, by condition (iv) and (3.6), is nonempty for each . From condition (i) and (3.6), we obtain
(3.7)
For each , let
(3.8)
Choose with . Then, from (3.7) and (3.8), there exists a sequence in such that
(3.9)

for all .

From (3.6), (3.8) and (3.9), we have
(3.10)
(3.11)
By (3.10), is a nonincreasing sequence of real numbers and so it converges. Therefore, from (3.11) there is some such that
(3.12)
From condition (i) and (3.10), we get
(3.13)
for all . From (3.12) and (3.13), we have
(3.14)
Thus, by condition (ii), (3.12), and (3.13), there exists such that
(3.15)
(3.16)
(3.17)
From (3.13), (3.16), and (3.17), we have
(3.18)
From (3.6), (3.8), and (3.18), it follows that
(3.19)
Taking the limit in inequality (3.19) when tends to infinity, we have
(3.20)
From (3.12), (3.16), and (3.20), we have
(3.21)
On the other hand, by condition (iv) and (3.6), we have the following property:
(3.22)
From (3.7), (3.8), (3.19), and (3.22), we have
(3.23)
From (3.6), (3.12), (3.21), (3.22), (3.23), it follows that
(3.24)
From (3.21), (3.22), and (3.24), we have
(3.25)
By method similar to (3.22) (3.25),
(3.26)
From (3.25), (3.26), and condition (i), we obtain
(3.27)
From (3.25), (3.27), and condition (iii), we obtain
(3.28)

This is a contradiction from (3.26).

Corollary 3.2.

Let be a complete metric space with metric , and let be a proper lower semicontinuous function which is bounded from below. Assume that there exists a -distance on such that for each with , there exists with and . Then there exists such that .

Proof.

Let be a mapping such that
(3.29)

for all . It follows easily from Definition 2.12, Lemmas 2.13, 2.14, and 2.15, and (u3) that conditions of Corollary 3.2 satisfy all conditions of Theorem 3.1. Thus, we obtain result of Corollary 3.2.

Remark 3.3.

Corollary 3.2 is a generalization of Kadaet al. [5, Theorem ] and Suzuki [6, Theorem ].

From Lemmas 2.13, 2.14, and 2.15, we have the following fixed point theorem.

Theorem 3.4.

Let be a complete metric space with metric , let be a -distance on and let be a selfmapping of . Suppose that there exists such that
(3.30)
for all and
(3.31)

for every with . Then there exists such that and . Moreover, if , then , .

Proof.

By method similar to [12, Lemma ], for every ,
(3.32)
Define by
(3.33)
for every . By Example 2.10, is a -distance on . Then we get
(3.34)
for all . Thus we have
(3.35)
for all . Now we have
(3.36)
Thus
(3.37)
By Lemma 2.15, is a -Cauchy and hence is a Cauchy from Lemma 2.13. Since is complete and is a -Cauchy, there exists such that
(3.38)
Suppose . Then, by hypothesis, we have
(3.39)
This is a contradiction. Therefore we have . If , we have and hence . To prove unique fixed point of , let and . Then, by hypothesis, we have
(3.40)
Thus
(3.41)

By Lemma 2.14, we have .

From Theorem 3.4, we have the following corollary which generalizes the results of Ćirić [14], Kannan [15], and Ume [12].

Corollary 3.5.

Let be a complete metric space with metric , let be a -distance on and let be a selfmapping of . Suppose that there exists such that
(3.42)
for all and
(3.43)

for every with . Then there exists such that and . Moreover, if , then and .

Proof.

Since a -distance is a -distance, Corollary 3.5 follows from Theorem 3.4.

The following corollary is a generalization of Suzuki's fixed point theorem [6].

Corollary 3.6.

Let and be as in Corollary 3.5. Suppose that there exists such that
(3.44)
for all . Assume that if
(3.45)

then . Then there exists such that and . Moreover, if , then and .

Proof.

Let and be as in Theorem 3.4. Then from Theorem 3.4 and hypotheses of Corollary 3.6, we have the following properties.

(1) is a Cauchy sequence.

(2)There exists such that .

(3)One has
(3.46)
(4)There exists
(3.47)
(5)One has
(3.48)

By (1)~(5) and hypotheses, we have . The remainders are same as Theorem 3.4.

The following theorem is a generalization of Caristi's fixed point theorem [3].

Theorem 3.7.

Let be a metric space with metric , let be a proper function which is bounded from below, and let be a function satisfying (i), (ii), and (iii) of Theorem 3.1. Let be a selfmapping of such that
(3.49)
where a function is defined by
(3.50)
for all . Then, there exists such that
(3.51)

Proof.

Suppose for all . Then, by Theorem 3.1, there exists such that
(3.52)
Since
(3.53)
we have
(3.54)
By hypothesis, we obtain
(3.55)
Hence
(3.56)
By conditions (i) and (iii) of Theorem 3.1, it follows that
(3.57)

Corollary 3.8.

Let be a complete metric space with metric and let be a proper lower semicontinuous function which is bounded from below. Let be a -distance on . Suppose that is a selfmapping of such that
(3.58)
for all . Then there exists such that
(3.59)

Proof.

Define by
(3.60)

for all . Then, by Definition 2.12 and Lemmas 2.13, 2.14, and 2.15, we can easily show that conditions of Corollary 3.8 satisfy all conditions of Theorem 3.7. Thus, Corollary 3.8 follows from Theorem 3.7.

Remark 3.9.

Since a -distance and a -distance are a -distance, Corollary 3.8 is a generalization of Kada-Suzuki-Takahashi [5, Theorem ] and Suzuki [6, Theorem ].

The following theorem is a generalization of Ekeland's -variational principle [2].

Theorem 3.10.

Let be a complete metric space with metric , let be a proper lower semicontinuous function which is bounded from below, and let be a function satisfying (i), (ii), and (iii) of Theorem 3.1. Then the following (1) and (2) hold.

(1)For each with , there exists such that and
(3.61)
for all with where a function is defined by
(3.62)

for all .

(2)For each and with , and
(3.63)
there exists such that ,
(3.64)

for all with

Proof.

( ) Let be such that , and let
(3.65)
Then, by hypotheses, is nonempty and closed. Thus is a complete metric space. Hence we may prove that there exists an element such that for all with Suppose not. Then, for every , there exists such that and By Theorem 3.1, there exists such that
(3.66)
Again for , there exists such that and
(3.67)
Hence we have and Similarly, there exists such that and
(3.68)
Thus we have and From conditions (i) and (iii) of Theorem 3.1, we obtain
(3.69)
This is a contradiction. The proof of (1) is complete.
1. (2)
Let
(3.70)

Then is nonempty and closed. Hence is complete. As in the proof of (1), we have that there exists such that
(3.71)
for every with On the other hand, since , we have
(3.72)

This completes the proof of (2).

Corollary 3.11.

Let and be as in Corollary 3.8. Then the following (1) and (2) hold.

(1)For each with , there exists such that and
(3.73)

for all with

(2)For each and with , and
(3.74)
there exists such that ,
(3.75)

for all with

Proof.

By method similar to Corollary 3.8, Corollary 3.11 follows from Theorem 3.10.

Remark 3.12.

Corollary 3.11 is a generalization of Suzuki [6, Theorem ].

## Declarations

### Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank the referees for useful comments and suggestions. This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation (KRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (2009-0073655).

## Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Applied Mathematics, Changwon National University, Changwon, 641-773, Republic of Korea

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