# Common fixed points of *g*-quasicontractions and related mappings in 0-complete partial metric spaces

- Cristina di Bari
^{1}, - Zoran Kadelburg
^{2}, - Hemant Kumar Nashine
^{3}and - Stojan Radenović
^{4}Email author

**2012**:113

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2012-113

© di Bari et al.; licensee Springer 2012

**Received: **17 February 2012

**Accepted: **2 July 2012

**Published: **19 July 2012

## Abstract

Common fixed point results are obtained in 0-complete partial metric spaces under various contractive conditions, including *g*-quasicontractions and mappings with a contractive iterate. In this way, several results obtained recently are generalized. Examples are provided when these results can be applied and neither corresponding metric results nor the results with the standard completeness assumption of the underlying partial metric space can.

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

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

Matthews [15] introduced the notion of a partial metric space as a part of the study of denotational semantics of dataflow networks. He showed that the Banach contraction mapping theorem can be generalized to the partial metric context for applications in program verification. Subsequently, several authors (see, *e.g.*, [1–3, 6, 8, 12–14, 16, 17, 20, 22]) derived fixed point theorems in partial metric spaces. See also the presentation by Bukatin *et al.* [4] where the motivation for introducing non-zero distance (*i.e.*, the ‘distance’ *p* where $p(x,x)=0$ need not hold) is explained, which is also leading to interesting research in foundations of topology.

The following definitions and details can be seen, *e.g.*, in [3, 4, 11, 15, 16, 21].

**Definition 1** A partial metric on a nonempty set *X* is a function $p:X\times X\to {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ such that for all $x,y,z\in X$: (p_{1}) = $x=y\u27fap(x,x)=p(x,y)=p(y,y)$,; (p_{2}) = $p(x,x)\le p(x,y)$,; (p_{3}) = $p(x,y)=p(y,x)$,; (p_{4}) = $p(x,y)\le p(x,z)+p(z,y)-p(z,z)$..

The pair $(X,p)$ is called a partial metric on *X*.

It is clear that, if $p(x,y)=0$, then from (p_{1}) and (p_{2}) $x=y$. But if $x=y$, $p(x,y)$ may not be 0.

Each partial metric *p* on *X* generates a ${T}_{0}$ topology ${\tau}_{p}$ on *X* which has as a base the family of open *p*-balls $\{{B}_{p}(x,\epsilon ):x\in X,\epsilon >0\}$, where ${B}_{p}(x,\epsilon )=\{y\in X:p(x,y)<p(x,x)+\epsilon \}$ for all $x\in X$ and $\epsilon >0$. A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in $(X,p)$ converges to a point $x\in X$ (in the sense of ${\tau}_{p}$) if ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}p(x,{x}_{n})=p(x,x)$. This will be denoted as ${x}_{n}\to x$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$) or ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{x}_{n}=x$.

*X*, we have

**Remark 1** Clearly, a limit of a sequence in a partial metric space need not be unique. Moreover, the function $p(\cdot ,\cdot )$ need not be continuous in the sense that ${x}_{n}\to x$ and ${y}_{n}\to y$ imply $p({x}_{n},{y}_{n})\to p(x,y)$.

*p*is a partial metric on

*X*, then the function ${p}^{s}:X\times X\to {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ given by

*X*. Furthermore, ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{p}^{s}({x}_{n},x)=0$ if and only if

**Example 1**

- (1)A paradigmatic example of a partial metric space is the pair $({\mathbb{R}}^{+},p)$, where $p(x,y)=max\{x,y\}$ for all $x,y\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$. The corresponding metric is${p}^{s}(x,y)=2max\{x,y\}-x-y=|x-y|.$
- (2)If $(X,d)$ is a metric space and $c\ge 0$ is arbitrary, then$p(x,y)=d(x,y)+c$

defines a partial metric on *X* and the corresponding metric is ${p}^{s}(x,y)=2d(x,y)$.

Other examples of partial metric spaces which are interesting from a computational point of view may be found in [9, 15].

**Definition 2**Let $(X,p)$ be a partial metric space. Then:

- 1.
A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in $(X,p)$ is called a Cauchy sequence if ${lim}_{n,m\to \mathrm{\infty}}p({x}_{n},{x}_{m})$ exists (and is finite).

- 2.
The space $(X,p)$ is said to be complete if every Cauchy sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in

*X*converges, with respect to ${\tau}_{p}$, to a point $x\in X$ such that $p(x,x)={lim}_{n,m\to \mathrm{\infty}}p({x}_{n},{x}_{m})$. - 3.
[18] a sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in $(X,p)$ is called 0-Cauchy if ${lim}_{n,m\to \mathrm{\infty}}p({x}_{n},{x}_{m})=0$. The space $(X,p)$ is said to be 0-complete if every 0-Cauchy sequence in

*X*converges (in ${\tau}_{p}$) to a point $x\in X$ such that $p(x,x)=0$.

**Lemma 1**

*Let*$(X,p)$

*be a partial metric space*.

- (a)
$\{{x}_{n}\}$

*is a Cauchy sequence in*$(X,p)$*if and only if it is a Cauchy sequence in the metric space*$(X,{p}^{s})$. - (b)
*The space*$(X,p)$*is complete if and only if the metric space*$(X,{p}^{s})$*is complete*. - (c)
*Every*0-*Cauchy sequence in*$(X,p)$*is Cauchy in*$(X,{p}^{s})$. - (d)
*If*$(X,p)$*is complete*,*then it is*0-*complete*.

The converse assertions of (c) and (d) do not hold as the following easy example shows.

**Example 2** ([18])

The space $X=[0,+\mathrm{\infty})\cap \mathbb{Q}$ with the partial metric $p(x,y)=max\{x,y\}$ is 0-complete, but is not complete (since ${p}^{s}(x,y)=|x-y|$ and $(X,{p}^{s})$ is not complete). Moreover, the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ with ${x}_{n}=1$ for each $n\in \mathbb{N}$ is a Cauchy sequence in $(X,p)$, but it is not a 0-Cauchy sequence.

Recall that Romaguera proved in [18], Theorem 2.3] that a partial metric space $(X,p)$ is 0-complete if and only if every ${p}^{s}$-Caristi mapping on *X* has a fixed point.

It is easy to see that every closed subset of a 0-complete partial metric space is 0-complete.

where $\lambda \in [0,1)$. Mappings *f* satisfying (1.2) with $i=5$ for all $x,y\in X$ (in metric case) are usually called *g*-quasicontractions (see Ćirić [5] and Das and Naik [7]).

(Common) fixed point results in partial metric spaces using conditions of mentioned type in the case $i=3,4$ were obtained in various papers. We prove in Section 2 a common fixed point theorem for *g*-quasicontractions in 0-complete spaces that contains as special cases several other results. In Section 3 a partial metric extension of Sehgal-Guseman result for mappings having a contractive iterate is obtained. Finally, in Section 4 we deduce a partial metric version of (common) fixed point theorem under the condition [17], (19)] of B. E. Rhoades.

Examples are provided when these results can be applied and neither corresponding metric results nor the results with the standard completeness assumption of the underlying partial metric space can.

## 2 Quasicontractions in partial metric spaces

**Theorem 1**

*Let*$(X,p)$

*be a*0-

*complete partial metric space and let*$f,g:X\to X$

*be two selfmaps such that*$fX\subset gX$,

*and one of these two subsets of*

*X*

*is closed*.

*If there exists*$\lambda \in [0,1)$

*such that the condition*

*holds for all*$x,y\in X$,

*where*

*then* *f* *and* *g* *have a unique point of coincidence*. *If*, *moreover*, *f* *and* *g* *are weakly compatible*, *then they have a unique common fixed point* *u* *such that*$p(u,u)=0=p(fu,fu)$.

Recall that $x\in X$ is called a coincidence point of $f,g:X\to X$ and *y* is their point of coincidence if $fx=gx=y$. If *f* and *g* commute at their coincidence points, they are called weakly compatible.

*Proof*For arbitrary ${x}_{0}\in X$, and using that $fX\subset gX$, choose a Jungck sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in

*X*by

Denote by ${O}_{f,g}({x}_{0};n)=\{{y}_{0},{y}_{1},\dots ,{y}_{n}\}$ the *n* th orbit of ${x}_{0}$ and by ${O}_{f,g}({x}_{0};\mathrm{\infty})=\{{y}_{0},{y}_{1},{y}_{2},\dots \}$ its orbit. Also, denote by $diamA=sup\{p(x,y)\mid x,y\in A\}$ the diameter of a nonempty set $A\subset X$. Note that $diamA=0$ implies that *A* is a singleton, but the converse is not true.

If $p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})=0$ for some $n\in {\mathbb{N}}_{0}$, then it is easy to prove (using properties (p_{2}) and (p_{4}) of the partial metric, and the contractive condition (2.1)) that $p({y}_{n+1},{y}_{n+2})=0$, *i.e.*, ${y}_{n}={y}_{n+1}={y}_{n+2}=\cdots $. Hence, in this case, $\{{y}_{n}\}$ is a 0-Cauchy sequence in $(X,p)$.

Suppose now that $p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})>0$ for each $n\in {\mathbb{N}}_{0}$.

*Claim 1*.

_{4}),

*i.e.*, $diam{O}_{f,g}({x}_{0};n)\le \frac{1}{1-\lambda}p({y}_{0},{y}_{1})$. Taking the supremum in this inequality, the proof of Claim 1 is obtained.

*Claim 2*. Let $m>n\ge 1$. Then

and Claim 2 is proved.

*i.e.*, $\{{y}_{n}\}$ is a 0-Cauchy sequence. Since $(X,p)$ is 0-complete, there exists $v\in X$, $u=gv\in gX$ such that ${y}_{n}=g{x}_{n}\to u$, $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ (we have supposed that

*gX*is closed, and hence 0-complete) and

Hence, $p(fv,u)=0$ and so $fv=u$.

which is possible only if $p(u,{u}_{1})=0$, and hence $u={u}_{1}$. Thus, we have proved that the point of coincidence of *f* and *g* is unique. By a well-known result, if *f* and *g* are weakly compatible, it follows that *f* and *g* have a unique common fixed point. □

**Remark 2**If

*u*is the unique common fixed point of

*f*and

*g*obtained as a limit of a Jungck sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ as in the previous proof, then the following error estimate holds

*p*is not continuous in general, this cannot be obtained directly from (2.3). Instead, notice that for $m>n$

According to the well-known classification of Rhoades [17] (which obviously holds for partial as well as for standard metric), Theorem 1 implies several other (common) fixed point results, *e.g.*, those of Banach, Kannan, Chatterjea, Bianchini, Hardy-Rogers and Zamfirescu. We state the last one which was obtained in [13], Theorem 4.2] in the special case $g={i}_{X}$.

**Corollary 1**

*Let*$(X,p)$

*be a*0-

*complete partial metric space*,

*and let*$f,g:X\to X$

*be such that*$fX\subset gX$

*and one of these two subsets of*

*X*

*is closed*.

*Suppose that there exist*

*α*,

*β*,

*γ*,

*with*$0\le \alpha <1$

*and*$0\le \beta ,\gamma <\frac{1}{2}$,

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

*at least one of the following conditions hold*:

- 1.
$p(fx,fy)\le \alpha p(gx,gy)$;

- 2.
$p(fx,fy)\le \beta [p(gx,fx)+p(gy,fy)]$;

- 3.
$p(fx,fy)\le \gamma [p(gx,fy)+p(gy,fx)]$.

*Then* *f* *and* *g* *have a unique point of coincidence*$u\in X$. *If*, *moreover*, *f* *and* *g* *are weakly compatible*, *then they have a unique common fixed point* *u* *and*$p(u,u)=0$*holds*.

*Proof* Let the assumption of corollary hold and denote $\lambda =max\{\alpha ,2\beta ,2\gamma \}$. Then for all $x,y\in X$, condition (2.1) of Theorem 1 is satisfied and the conclusion follows. □

We give an easy example of a partial metric space, which is not a metric space, and a selfmap in it which is a quasicontraction and not a contraction.

**Example 3**Consider the set $X=\{a,b,c\}$ and the function $p:X\times X\to \mathbb{R}$ given by $p(a,b)=p(b,c)=1$$p(a,c)=\frac{3}{2}$$p(x,y)=p(y,x)$$p(a,a)=p(c,c)=\frac{1}{2}$ and $p(b,b)=0$. Obviously,

*p*is a partial metric on

*X*, not being a metric (since $p(x,x)\ne 0$ for $x=a$ and $x=c$). Define a selfmap

*f*on

*X*by

*f*is not a (Banach)-contraction since

*f*is an ${i}_{X}$-quasicontraction with $\lambda =\frac{2}{3}$. If $x,y\in \{a,b\}$, then $p(fx,fy)=p(b,b)=0$ and (2.1) trivially holds. Let,

*e.g.*$y=c$; then we have the following three cases:

Thus, the conditions of Theorem 1 are satisfied and the existence of a common fixed point of *f* and ${i}_{X}$ (which is *b*) follows. The same conclusion cannot be obtained by Banach-type fixed point results from [15, 21].

We present another example showing the use of Theorem 1. It also shows that there are situations when standard completeness of the *p*-metric as well as usual metric arguments cannot be used to obtain the existence of a fixed point.

**Example 4**Let $X=[0,1]\cap \mathbb{Q}$ be equipped with the partial metric

*p*defined by $p(x,y)=max\{x,y\}$ for $x,y\in X$. Let $f,g:X\to X$ be given by

and it is satisfied for all $x,y\in X$ since $0\le x\le 1$. Hence, all the conditions of Theorem 1 are satisfied and *f* and *g* have a unique common fixed point ($u=0$).

Since $(X,p)$ is not complete, nor is the space $(X,d)$, where $d={p}^{s}$ is the Euclidean metric, the existence of a (common) fixed point cannot be deduced using known results.

## 3 Mappings with a contractive iterate

In this section, we prove a version of Sehgal-Guseman theorem ([10, 20], see also [17]) for 0-complete partial metric spaces.

**Theorem 2**

*Let*$(X,p)$

*be a*0-

*complete partial metric space and let*$f:X\to X$.

*Suppose that there exists*$\lambda \in [0,1)$

*such that for each*$x\in X$

*there is*$k(x)\in \mathbb{N}$

*satisfying*

*for every*$y\in X$. *Then* *f* *has a unique fixed point*$z\in X$. *Moreover*, $p(z,z)=0$*and every Picard sequence*$\{{f}^{n}x\}$*converges to* *z*.

*Proof* We first note that, similarly as in the metric case, the following can be proved:

*Under the assumptions of the theorem*,

*In particular*, ${sup}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}p(x,{f}^{n}x)$*is a finite real number for each*$x\in X$.

We will prove that this is a 0-Cauchy sequence.

*n*, then it easily follows that this sequence is eventually constant, and hence a 0-Cauchy one. Suppose further that $p({x}_{n-1},{x}_{n})>0$ for each

*n*. Condition (3.1) implies that

*n*times, we get that

as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ since $R({x}_{0})<+\mathrm{\infty}$ by (3.2).

Now, using standard arguments, it is easy to show that $p({x}_{m},{x}_{n})\to 0$ as $m,n\to \mathrm{\infty}$. Hence, $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is a 0-Cauchy sequence. Since the space $(X,p)$ is 0-complete, there exists $z\in X$ satisfying $p({x}_{n},z)\to 0$, $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, with $p(z,z)=0$.

*z*and

*u*were two distinct fixed points of ${f}^{k(z)}$, then (3.1) would imply that

a contradiction.

and it must be $fz=z$, *i.e.*, *z* is a (unique) fixed point of *f*.

*f*is a Picard operator, let $x\in X$ be arbitrary and $\{{f}^{n}x\}$ be the corresponding Picard sequence. Each $n\in \mathbb{N}$, $n>k(z)$ can be uniquely written in the form

*z*be the (unique) fixed point of

*f*whose existence has just been proved. Then

Now, using what was previously proved, we obtain that $p(z,{f}^{n}x)\to 0=p(z,z)$ and *f* is a Picard operator. □

**Example 5** Let $(X,p)$ and *f* be as in Example 3. We have seen that *f* is not a contraction in the partial metric space $(X,p)$. However, ${f}^{2}:\left(\begin{array}{ccc}a& b& c\\ b& b& b\end{array}\right)$ and *f* satisfies condition (3.1) of Theorem 2 with $k(x)=2$ for each $x\in X$ since $p({f}^{2}x,{f}^{2}y)=p(b,b)=0$ for each $y\in X$. As we have seen, *f* has a unique fixed point *b*.

## 4 Partial metric version of a theorem of Rhoades

The following theorem is a partial metric version of an interesting result obtained by B. E. Rhoades [17], Theorem 4].

**Theorem 3**

*Let*$(X,p)$

*be a*0-

*complete partial metric space*.

*Let*$f,g:X\to X$

*be two mappings such that*$fX\subset gX$

*and one of these subsets of*$(X,p)$

*is closed*.

*Suppose that there exist decreasing functions*${\alpha}_{i}:[0,+\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1)$, $i=1,\dots ,5$,

*such that*${\sum}_{i=1}^{5}{\alpha}_{i}(t)<1$

*for each*$t\in [0,+\mathrm{\infty})$

*and satisfying*

*for all*$x,y\in X$. *Then* *f* *and* *g* *have a unique point of coincidence*. *If*, *moreover*, *f* *and* *g* *are weakly compatible*, *then* *f* *and* *g* *have a unique common fixed point*, *say* *z*, *with*$p(z,z)=p(fz,fz)=p(gz,gz)=0$.

*Proof* Suppose, *e.g.*, that *gX* is closed. Take an arbitrary ${x}_{0}\in X$ and, using that $fX\subset gX$, construct a Jungck sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ defined by ${y}_{n}=f{x}_{n}=g{x}_{n+1}$, $n=0,1,2,\dots $ . Let us prove that this is a 0-Cauchy sequence. If $p({y}_{n},{y}_{n-1})=0$ for some *n*, then as in the proof of Theorem 1, one proves that the sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ becomes eventually constant, and thus convergent.

*β*is also a decreasing function and that $0<\beta (t)<1$ for each $t\in [0,+\mathrm{\infty})$. In particular, $p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})<p({y}_{n-1},{y}_{n})$ and so the sequence $\{p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})\}$ is strictly decreasing (and bounded from below). It follows that there exists ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})=r$ and $0\le r\le p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1})$ for each

*n*. Then $1>\beta (r)>\beta (p({y}_{n},{y}_{n+1}))$ for each

*n*, and hence

where $\beta (r)\in [0,1)$ is fixed.

It follows that $\{{y}_{n}\}$ is a 0-Cauchy sequence. Since this space is 0-complete, there exists $z\in gX$ (*i.e.*, $z=gu$, $u\in X$) such that ${y}_{n}=g{x}_{n+1}\to z$, $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ (we have supposed that *gX* is closed, and hence 0-complete) and $p(z,z)=0$. We will prove that $fu=gu$.

*i.e.*, $p(gu,fu)\le ({\alpha}_{3}+{\alpha}_{4})p(gu,fu)$. Since ${\alpha}_{3}+{\alpha}_{4}<1$, it follows that $p(fu,gu)=0$, $gu=fu=z$, and *f* and *g* have a point of coincidence *z*.

*f*and

*g*. Then (4.1) implies that $p({z}_{1},{z}_{1})=0$ and also that

Since ${\alpha}_{1}+{\alpha}_{4}+{\alpha}_{5}<1$, the last relation is possible only if $p(z,{z}_{1})=0$ and hence $z={z}_{1}$. So, the point of coincidence is unique.

The proof is similar if the subset *fX* of *X* is closed.

By a well-known result, if *f* and *g* are weakly compatible, it follows that *f* and *g* have a unique common fixed point. □

**Remark 3** Taking $(X,p)$ to be a standard metric space and $g={i}_{X}$, we obtain a shorter proof of [17], Theorem 4].

**Remark 4** Taking appropriate choices of *f* *g* and ${\alpha}_{i}$$i=1,\dots ,5$ in Theorem 3, one can easily get the results of Reich [17], (7), (8)], Hardy-Rogers [17], (18)] and Ćirić [17], (21)] in the setting of partial metric spaces.

**Remark 5** We finally note that, in a similar way, several other fixed point results in partial metric spaces obtained recently (*e.g.*, [1], Theorem 8], [2], Theorem 5], [3], Theorems 1 and 2], [6], Theorem 2.1], [14], Theorem 5], [19], Theorems 3 and 4]) can be proved with a (strictly) weaker assumption of 0-completeness instead of completeness.

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The second and the fourth author are thankful to the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of Serbia.

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