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# Fixed point theorem for generalized weak contractions satisfying rational expressions in ordered metric spaces

*Fixed Point Theory and Applications***volume 2011**, Article number: 46 (2011)

## Abstract

In this paper, we prove a fixed point theorem for generalized weak contractions satisfying rational expressions in partially ordered metric spaces. The result is a generalization of a recent result of Harjani et al. (Abstr. Appl. Anal, Vol.2010, 1-8, 2010). An example is also given to show that our result is a proper generalization of the existing one.

**2000 Mathematics Subject Classification:** 47H10, 54H25.

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

It is well known that the Banach contraction mapping principle is one of the pivotal results of analysis. Generalizations of this principle have been obtained in several directions. The following is an example of such generalizations. Jaggi in [1] proved the following theorem satisfying a contractive condition of rational type

**Theorem 1.1**. *(*[1]*) Let T be a continuous self-map defined on a complete metric space* (*X*, *d*). *Suppose that T satisfies the following condition:*

*for all x*, *y* ∈ *X*, *x* ≠ *y and for some α*, *β* ≥ 0 *with α* + *β* < 1, *then T has a unique fixed point in X*.

Another generalization of the contraction principle was suggested by Alber and Guerre-Delabriere [2] in Hilbert spaces. Rhoades [3] has shown that their result is still valid in complete metric spaces.

**Definition 1.2**. ([3]) *Let* (*X*, *d*) *be a metric space. A mapping T* : *X* → *X is said to be φ-weak contraction if*

*for all x*, *y* ∈ *X, where φ* : [0, ∞) → [0, ∞) *is a continuous and non*-*decreasing function with φ*(*t*) = 0 *if and only if t* = 0.

**Theorem 1.3**. ([3]) *Let* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space and T be a φ-weak contraction on X. Then, T has a unique fixed point*.

In fact, while Alber and Guerre-Delabriere assumed an additional assumption lim_{t→∞}*φ*(*t*) = ∞ on *φ*, but Rhoades proved Theorem 1.3 without this particular condition. A number of extensions of Theorem 1.3 were presented in [4–9] and references therein. Some of these results were presented without the continuity and monotonicity of *φ*.

Recently, existence of fixed points in partially ordered sets has been considered, and first results were obtain by Ran and Reurings [10] and then by Nieto and Lopez [11]. The following fixed point theorem is the version of theorems, which were proved in those papers.

**Theorem 1.4**. ([10, 11]) *Let* (*X*, ≤) *be a partially ordered set, and suppose that there is a metric d such that* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space. Let T* : *X* → *X be a non-decreasing mapping satisfying the following inequality*

*where k* ∈ (0, 1). *Also, assume either*

*(i) T is continuous or*

*(ii) X has the property:*

*If there exists x*_{0} ∈ *X such that x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, *then T has a fixed point*.

Besides, applications to matrix equations and ordinary differential equations were presented in [10, 11]. Afterward, coupled fixed point and common fixed point theorems and their applications to periodic boundary value problems and integral equations were given in [5–7, 12–19]. In particular, Harjani and Sadarangani [5] proved some fixed point theorems in the context of ordered metric spaces as the extensions of Theorem 1.3. We state one of their results.

**Theorem 1.5**. ([5]) *Let* (*X*, ≤) *be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d such that* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space. Let T* : *X* → *X be a non-decreasing mapping satisfying the following inequality*

*where φ* : [0, ∞) → [0, ∞) *is a continuous and non-decreasing function with φ*(*t*) = 0 *if and only if t* = 0. *Also, assume either*

*(i) T is continuous or*

*(ii) X has the property (1)*.

*If there exists x*_{0} ∈ *X such that x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, *then T has a fixed point*.

In addition, Harjani et al. in [12] proved the following theorem as a version of Theorem 1.1 in partially ordered metric spaces where they replaced the condition (1) by a stronger condition, that is

**Theorem 1.6**. ([12]) *Let* (*X*, ≤) *be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d such that* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space. Let T* : *X* → *X be a non-decreasing mapping such that*

*where* 0 ≤ *α*, *β and α* + *β* < 1. *Also, assume either*

*(i) T is continuous or*

*(ii) X has the property (2)*.

*If there exists x*_{0} ∈ *X such that x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, *then T has a fixed point*.

In this paper, we prove a fixed point theorem for generalized weak contractions satisfying rational expressions in partially metric spaces, which is a generalization of the result of Harjani et al. [12]. We also give an example to show that our result is a proper extension of the result in [12].

## 2 Main theorem

**Theorem 2.1**. *Let* (*X*, ≤) *be a partially ordered set, and suppose that there is a metric d such that* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space. Let T* : *X* → *X be a non-decreasing mapping satisfying the following inequality*

*where φ* : [0, ∞) → [0, ∞) *is a lower semi-continuous function with φ*(*t*) = 0 *if and only if t* = 0, *and*

*Also, assume either*

*(i) T is continuous or*

*(ii) X has the property (2)*.

*If there exists x*_{0} ∈ *X such that x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, *then T has a fixed point*.

*Proof*. Let *x*_{0} ∈ *X* be such that *x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, we construct the sequence {*x*_{
n
} } in *X* as follows

Since *T* is a non-decreasing mapping, by induction, we can show that

If there exists *n*_{0} such that ${x}_{{n}_{0}}={x}_{{n}_{0}+1}$, then ${x}_{{n}_{0}}={x}_{{n}_{0}+1}=T{x}_{{n}_{0}}$. This means that ${x}_{{n}_{0}}$ is a fixed point of *T* and the proof is finished. Thus, we can suppose that *x*_{
n
} ≠ *x*_{n+1}for all *n*.

Since *x*_{
n
} > *x*_{n-1}for all *n* ≥ 1, from (4), we have

Suppose that there exists *m*_{0} such that $d\left({x}_{{m}_{0}+1},{x}_{{m}_{0}}\right)>d\left({x}_{{m}_{0}},{x}_{{m}_{0}-1}\right)$, from (7), we have

which is a contradiction. Hence, *d* (*x*_{n+1}, *x*_{
n
} ) ≤ *d* (*x*_{
n
}, *x*_{n-1}) for all *n* ≥ 1.

Since {*d*(*x*_{n+1}, *x*_{
n
} )} is a non-increasing sequence of positive real numbers, there exists *δ* ≥ 0 such that

We shall show that *δ* = 0. Assume, to the contray, that *δ >* 0. Taking the upper limit as *n* → ∞ in (7) and using the properties of the function *φ*, we get

which is a contradiction. Therefore, *δ* = 0, that is,

In what follows, we shall prove that {*x*_{
n
} } is a Cauchy sequence. Suppose, to the contrary, that {*x*_{
n
} } is not a Cauchy sequence. Then, there exists *ε >* 0 such that we can find subsequences {*x*_{m(k)}}, {*x*_{n(k)}} of {*x*_{
n
} } with *n*(*k*) *> m*(*k*) ≥ *k* satisfying

Further, corresponding to *m*(*k*), we can choose *n*(*k*) in such way that it is the smallest integer with *n*(*k*) *> m*(*k*) ≥ *k* satisfying (9). Hence,

We have

Taking *k* → ∞ and using (8), we get

By the triangle inequality,

Taking *k* → ∞ in the above inequalities and using (7), (11), we obtain

Since *m*(*k*) *< n*(*k*), *x*_{n(k)-1}> *x*_{m(k)-1}, from (4), we have

Taking upper limit as *k* → ∞ in (13) and using (7), (11), (12) and the properties of the function *φ*, we have

which is a contradiction. Therefore, {*x*_{
n
} } is a Cauchy sequence. Since *X* is a complete metric space, there exists *x* ∈ *X* such that lim_{n→∞}*x*_{
n
}= *x*.

Now, suppose that the assumption (a) holds. The continuity of *T* implies

and this proved that *x* is a fixed point of *T*.

Finally, suppose that the assumption (b) holds. Since {*x*_{
n
} } is a non-decreasing sequence and *x*_{
n
} → *x*, then *x* = sup{*x*_{
n
} }. Particularly, *x*_{
n
} ≤ *x* for all *n*. Since *T* is non-decreasing, *Tx*_{
n
} ≤ *Tx* for all *n*, that is, *x*_{n+1}≤ *Tx* for all *n*. Moreover, as *x*_{
n
} ≤ *x*_{n+1}≤ *Tx* for all *n* and *x* = sup{*x*_{
n
} }, we obtain *x* ≤ *Tx*. Consider the sequence {*y*_{
n
} } that is constructed as follows

Since *y*_{0} ≤ *Ty*_{0}, arguing like above part, we obtain that {*y*_{
n
} } is a non-decreasing sequence and $\underset{n\to \infty}{lim}{y}_{n}=y$ for certain *y* ∈ *X*. By the assumption (b), we have *y* = sup{*y*_{
n
} }.

Since *x*_{
n
}< *x* = *y*_{0} ≤ *Tx* = *Ty*_{0} ≤ *y*_{
n
} ≤ *y* for all *n*, suppose that *x* ≠ *y*, from (4), we have

Taking upper limit as *n* → ∞ in the above inequality, we have

which is a contradiction. Hence, *x* = *y*. We have *x* ≤ *Tx* ≤ *x*, therefore *Tx* = *x*. That is, *x* is a fixed point of *T*.

The proof is complete. □

**Corollary 2.2**. *Let* (*X*, ≤) *be a partially ordered set, and suppose that there is a metric d such that* (*X*, *d*) *be a complete metric space. Let T* : *X* → *X be a non-decreasing mapping such that*

*for all x*, *y* ∈ *X with x* ≥ *y*, *x* ≠ *y, where k* ∈ (0, 1). *Also, assume either*

*(i) T is continuous or*

*(ii) X has the property (2)*.

*If there exists x*_{0} ∈ *X such that x*_{0} ≤ *Tx*_{0}, *then T has a fixed point*.

*Proof*. In Theorem 2.1, taking *φ*(*t*) = (1 - *k*)*t*, for all *t* ∈ [0, ∞), we get Corollary 2.2.

□

**Remark 2.3**. *For α*, *β >* 0, *α* + *β* < 1 *and for all x*, *y* ∈ *X*, *x* ≠ *y, we have*

*where k* = *α* + *β* ∈ (0,1). *Therefore, Corollary 2.2 is a generalization of Theorem 1.6, so is Theorem 2.1*.

Now, we shall prove the uniqueness of the fixed point.

**Theorem 2.4**. *In addition to the hypotheses of Theorem 2.1, suppose that*

*then T has a unique fixed point*.

*Proof*. From Theorem 2.1, the set of fixed points of *T* is non-empty. Suppose that *x*, *y* ∈ *X* are two fixed points of *T*. By the assumption, there exists *z* ∈ *X* that is comparable to *x* and *y*.

We define the sequence {*z*_{
n
} } as follows

Since *z* is comparable with *x*, we may assume that *z* ≤ *x*. Using the mathematical induction, it is easy to show that *z*_{
n
} ≤ *x* for all *n*.

Suppose that there exists *n*_{0} ≥ 1 such that ${z}_{{n}_{0}}=x$, then *z*_{
n
} = *Tz*_{n-1}= *Tx* = *x* for all *n* ≥ *n*_{0} - 1. Hence, *z*_{
n
} → *x* as *n* → ∞.

On the other hand, if *z*_{
n
} ≠ *x* for all *n*, from (4), we have

It implies that *d* (*x*, *z*_{
n
} ) < *d* (*x*, *z*_{n-1}) for all *n* ≥ 1, that is, {*d*(*x*, *z*_{
n
} )} is a decreasing sequence of positive real numbers. Therefore, there is an *α* ≥ 0 such that *d*(*x*, *z*_{
n
} ) → *α*. We shall show that *α* = 0. Suppose, to the contrary, that *α >* 0. Taking the upper limit as *n* → ∞ in (16) and using the properties of *φ*, we have

which is a contradiction. Hence, *α* = 0, that is, *z*_{
n
} → *x* as *n* →∞. Therefore, in both cases, we have

Similarly, we have

From (17) and (18), we get *x* = *y*. □

**Example 2.5**. *Let*$X=\left[0,\frac{1}{2}\right]$*with the usual metric d* (*x*, *y*) = |*x* - *y*|, ∀*x*, *y* ∈ *X. Obviously*, (*X*, *d*) *is a complete metric space. We consider the ordered relation in X as follows*

*where* ≤ *be the usual ordering*.

Let *T* : *X* → *X* be given by

It is easy to see that *T* is non-decreasing and *X* has the property (2). Also, there is *x*_{0} = 0 in *X* such that *x*_{0} = 0 ≼ 0 = *Tx*_{0}.

Clearly, *T* has a fixed point that is 0. However, we cannot apply Theorem 1.6 because the condition (3) is not true. Indeed, suppose that the condition (3) holds. Taking *y* = 0 and *x* = 1/*n*, *n* = 2, 3, 4,... in (3), we have

This implies

or

Taking *n* → ∞ in the last inequality, we have 1 ≤ *β* and we obtain a contradiction.

We now show that *T* satisfies (4) with *φ* : [0, ∞) → [0, ∞) which is given by

We have *x*, *y* ∈ *X*, *x* ≽ *y*, *x* ≠ *y* if *x* = 1/*n*, *y* = 0 or *x* = 1/*n*, *y* = 1/*m*, *m > n* ≥ 2. So, we have two possible cases.

**Case 1**. *x* = 1/*n*, *n* ≥ 2 and *y* = 0, we have

**Case 2**. *x* = 1/*n*, *y* = 1/*m*, *m > n* ≥ 2, we have

For *m > n* ≥ 2, we have

is equivalent to

or

The last inequality holds since

Therefore,

We have

is equivalent to

or

or

or

We have

Thus, the inequality (20) holds, so does the inequality (19).

Therefore, all the conditions of Theorem 2.1 are satisfied. Applying Theorem 2.1, we conclude that *T* has a fixed point in *X*.

Notice that since *T* is not continuous, this example cannot apply to Theorem 1.1.

Moreover, since the condition (15) is not satisfied, the uniqueness of fixed point of *T* does not guarantee. In fact, *T* has two fixed points that are 0 and $\sqrt{2}\u22152$.

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- generalized weak contraction
- rational type
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