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# Best proximity point theorems for generalized proximal contractions

- S Sadiq Basha
^{1}and - N Shahzad
^{2}Email author

**2012**:42

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2012-42

© Basha and Shahzad; licensee Springer. 2012

**Received:**16 September 2011**Accepted:**16 March 2012**Published:**16 March 2012

## Abstract

Best proximity point theorems unravel the techniques for determining an optimal approximate solution, designated as a best proximity point, to the equation *Tx* = *x* which is likely to have no solution when *T* is a non-self mapping. This article presents best proximity point theorems for new classes of non-self mappings, known as generalized proximal contractions, in the setting of metric spaces. Further, the famous Banach's contraction principle and some of its generalizations and variants are realizable as special cases of the aforesaid best proximity point theorems.

**Mathematics Subject Classification**: 41A65; 46B20; 47H10.

## Keywords

- optimal approximate solution
- fixed point
- best proximity point
- contraction
- generalized proximal contraction

## 1 Introduction

Fixed point theory focusses on the strategies for solving non-linear equations of the kind *Tx* = *x* in which *T* is a self mapping defined on a subset of a metric space, a normed linear space, a topological vector space or some pertinent framework. But, when *T* is not a self-mapping, it is plausible that *Tx* = *x* has no solution. Subsequently, one targets to determine an element *x* that is in some sense close proximity to *Tx*. In fact, best approximation theorems and best proximity point theorems are suitable to be explored in this direction. A well known best approximation theorem, due to Fan [1], ascertains that if *K* is a non-empty compact convex subset of a Hausdorff locally convex topological vector space *E* and *T* : *K* → *E* is a continuous non-self mapping, then there exists an element *x* in such a way that *d*(*x, Tx*) = *d*(*Tx, K*). Several authors, including Prolla [2], Reich [3] and Sehgal and Singh [4, 5], have accomplished extensions of this theorem in various directions. Moreover, a result that unifies all such best approximation theorems has been obtained by Vetrivel et al. [6].

Despite the fact that the best approximation theorems are befitting for furnishing an approximate solution to the equation *Tx* = *x*, such results may not afford an approximate solution that is optimal. On the other hand, best proximity point theorems offer an approximate solution that is optimal. Indeed, a best proximity point theorem details sufficient conditions for the existence of an element *x* such that the error *d*(*x, Tx*) is minimum. A best proximity point theorem is fundamentally concerned with the global minimization of the real valued function *x* → *d*(*x, Tx*) that is an indicator of the error involved for an approximate solution of the equation *Tx* = *x*. Because of the fact that, for a non-self mapping *T* : *A* → *B, d*(*x, Tx*) is at least *d*(*A, B*) for all *x* in *A*, a best proximity point theorem ensures global minimum of the error *d*(*x, Tx*) by confining an approximate solution *x* of the equation *Tx* = *x* to comply with the condition that *d*(*x, Tx*) = *d*(*A, B*). Such an optimal approximate solution of the equation *Tx* = *x* is said to be a best proximity point of the non-self mapping *T* : *A* → *B*. Moreover, it can be seen that best proximity point theorems emerge as a natural extension of fixed point theorems, since a best proximity point boils down to a fixed point when the underlying mapping turns out to be a self-mapping.

A best proximity point theorem for contraction has been explicated in [7]. The existence of a best proximity point for proximal pointwise contractions has been probed by Anuradha and Veeramani [8]. Furthermore, many best proximity point theorems for several variants of contractions have been analyzed in [9–15]. Anthony Eldred et al. [16] have established a best proximity point theorem for relatively non-expansive mappings, a different treatment to which has been furnished in [17]. A best proximity point theorem for contractive mappings has been presented in [18]. Some interesting common best proximity point theorems have been explored in [19, 20]. Also, best proximity point theorems for various kinds of multi-valued mappings have been accomplished in [21–31].

The primary objective of this article is to provide best proximity point theorems for generalized proximal contractions of the first and the second kinds in the setting of complete metric spaces, thereby ascertaining an optimal approximate solution to the equation *Tx* = *x*, where *T* : *A* → *B* is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind or a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind. It is remarked that the preceding best proximity point theorems include the well-known Banach's contraction principle and some of its generalizations and variants as special cases.

## 2 Preliminaries

*A*and

*B*of a metric space, this section recalls the following notations and notions that will be used in the sequel.

If *A* and *B* are closed subsets of a normed linear space such that *d*(*A, B*) > 0, then *A*_{0} and *B*_{0} are contained in the boundaries of *A* and *B* respectively [26].

**Definition 2.1**. A mapping

*T*:

*A*→

*B*is said to be a

*generalized proximal contraction of the first kind*if there exist non-negative numbers

*α, β, γ, δ*with

*α + β + γ +*2

*δ*< 1 such that the conditions

for all *u*_{1}, *u*_{2}, *x*_{1}, *x*_{2} in *A*.

*T*is a self-mapping on

*A*, then the requirement in the preceding definition reduces to the condition that

**Definition 2.2**. A mapping

*T*:

*A*→

*B*is said to be a

*generalized proximal contraction of the second kind*if there exist non-negative numbers

*α, β, γ, δ*with

*α*+

*β*+

*γ*+ 2

*δ <*1 such that the conditions

for all *u*_{1}, *u*_{2}, *x*_{1}, *x*_{
2
} in *A*.

It is easy to see that a mapping that is a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind is not necessarily a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind. For instance, consider the space *R*^{2} with Euclidean metric.

$\begin{array}{c}\text{Let}\phantom{\rule{2.77695pt}{0ex}}A:=\left\{\left(-1,x\right):x\in R\right\}\\ \text{Let}\phantom{\rule{2.77695pt}{0ex}}B:=\left\{\left(1,x\right):x\in R\right\}\end{array}$

*T*:

*A*→

*B*be defined as

Then, *T* is a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind but not a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind. Further, it can be observed that the generalized proximal contractions are not necessarily continuous.

**Definition 2.3**. The set *B* is said to be *approximatively compact* with respect to *A* if every sequence {*y*_{
n
}} of *B* satisfying the condition that *d*(*x, y*_{
n
}) → *d*(*x, B*) for some *x* in *A* has a convergent subsequence.

It is obvious that any compact set is approximatively compact, and that any set is approximatively compact with respect to itself. Further, if *A* is compact and *B* is approximatively compact with respect to *A*, then it is ensured that *A*_{0} and *B*_{0} are non-empty. In the setting of reflexive Banach spaces, if *A* is a non-void, closed, bounded and convex subset and *B* is a non-void, closed and convex subset, then it is guaranteed that *A*_{0} and *B*_{0} are non-void [24].

## 3 Generalized proximal contractions

The following main result is a best proximity point theorem for non-self generalized proximal contractions of the first kind, which are not necessarily continuous.

**Theorem 3.1**. Let

*A*and

*B*be non-void, closed subsets of a complete metric space such that

*B*is approximatively compact with respect to

*A*. Also, suppose that

*A*

_{0}and

*B*

_{0}are non-void. Let

*T*:

*A*→

*B*satisfy the following conditions:

- (a)
*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind. - (b)
*T*(*A*_{0}) is contained in*B*_{0}.

*x*in

*A*such that

*x*

_{0}∈

*A*

_{0}, the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }}, defined by

converges to the best proximity point *x*.

**Proof**. Let us select an element

*x*

_{0}in

*A*

_{0}. On account of the fact

*T*(

*A*

_{0}) is contained in

*B*

_{0}, it is guaranteed that there is an element

*x*

_{1}in

*A*

_{0}satisfying the condition that

*Tx*

_{1}is a member of

*T*(

*A*

_{0}) which is contained in

*B*

_{0}, it follows that there is an element

*x*

_{2}in

*A*

_{0}such that

*x*

_{ n }in

*A*

_{0}, it is ascertained that there exists an element

*x*

_{ n }

_{+1}in

*A*

_{0}satisfying the condition that

*n*because of the hypothesis that

*T*(

*A*

_{0}) is contained in

*B*

_{0}. In view of the fact

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind, we have that

*x*

_{ n }} is a Cauchy sequence. Because the space is complete, the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }} converges to some element

*x*in

*A*.

*d*(

*x, Tx*

_{ n }) →

*d*(

*x, B*). In light of the fact that

*B*is approximatively compact with respect to

*A*, the sequence {

*Tx*

_{ n }} has a subsequence $\left\{T{x}_{{n}_{k}}\right\}$ converging to some element

*y*in

*B*. So, it results that

*x*must be a member of

*A*

_{0}. Because of the fact that

*T*(

*A*

_{0}) is contained in

*B*

_{0},

*u*in

*A*. Since

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind, it follows that

*n*→ ∞,

*x*and

*u*must be identical. Thus, it follows that

*x**of the mapping

*T*so that

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind,

Consequently, *x* and *x** must be identical. Hence, *T* has a unique best proximity point. This completes the proof of the theorem.

The preceding best proximity point theorem subsumes the following result which serves as a non-self mapping analogue of the famous Banach's contraction principle.

**Corollary 3.2**. Let

*A*and

*B*be non-empty, closed subsets of a complete metric space such that

*B*is approximatively compact with respect to

*A*. Further, assume that

*A*

_{0}and

*B*

_{0}are non-void. Let

*T*:

*A*→

*B*satisfy the following conditions:

- (a)There exists a non-negative real number
*α*< 1 such that, for all*u*_{1},*u*_{2},*x*_{1},*x*_{2}in the domain*A*,$\left(\right)close="\}">\begin{array}{c}d\left({u}_{1},T{x}_{1}\right)=d\left(A,B\right)\\ d\left({u}_{2},T{x}_{2}\right)=d\left(A,B\right)\end{array}\Rightarrow d\left({u}_{1},{u}_{2}\right)\le \alpha d\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2}\right).$ - (b)
*T*(*A*_{0}) ⊆*B*_{0}.

*x*∈

*A*such that

*x*

_{0}∈

*A*

_{0}, the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }}, defined by

converges to the best proximity point *x*.

The best proximity point Theorem 3.1 includes the following fixed point theorem as a special case.

**Corollary 3.3**. Let

*T*be a self-mapping on a complete metric space. Further, let us assume that there exist non-negative real numbers

*α, β, γ, δ*with

*α*+

*β*+

*γ*+ 2

*δ*< 1 such that

for all *x*_{1}, *x*_{2} in the domain of the mapping *T*. Then the mapping *T* has a unique fixed point.

The following main result is a best proximity point theorem for non-self generalized proximal contractions of the second kind.

**Theorem 3.4**. Let

*A*and

*B*be non-void, closed subsets of a complete metric space such that

*A*is approximatively compact with respect to

*B*. Also, suppose that

*A*

_{0}and

*B*

_{0}are non-void. Let

*T*:

*A*→

*B*satisfy the following conditions:

- (a)
*T*is a continuous generalized proximal contraction of the second kind. - (b)
*T*(*A*_{0}) is contained in*B*_{0}.

*x*in

*A*such that

and the sequence {*x*_{
n
}} converges to the best proximity point *x*, where *x*_{0} is any fixed element in *A*_{0} and *d*(*x*_{
n
}_{+1}, *Tx*_{
n
}) = *d*(*A, B*) for *n* ≥ 0.

Further, if *x** is another best proximity point of *T*, then *Tx* = *Tx**, and hence *T* is a constant on the set of all best proximity points of *T*.

**Proof**. Proceeding as in Theorem 3.1, it is possible to find a sequence {

*x*

_{ n }} in

*A*

_{0}such that

*n*. In view of the fact that

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind,

*Tx*

_{ n }} is a Cauchy sequence. Since the space is complete, the sequence {

*Tx*

_{ n }} converges to some element

*y*in

*B*.

*d*(

*y, x*

_{ n }) →

*d*(

*x,B*). In view of the fact that

*A*is approximatively compact with respect to

*B*, the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }} has a subsequence $\left\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\right\}$ converging to some element

*x*in

*A*. Since

*T*is a continuous mapping,

*x**in

*A*so that

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind,

which mandates that *Tx* = *Tx**. This completes the proof of the theorem.

The preceding best proximity point theorem contains the following result which serves as a non-self mapping analogue of the famous Banach's contraction principle.

**Corollary 3.5**. Let *A* and *B* be non-empty, closed subsets of a complete metric space such that *A* is approximatively compact with respect to *B*. Further, assume that *A*_{0} and *B*_{0} are non-void. Let *T* : *A* → *B* satisfy the following conditions:

*α*< 1 such that, for all

*u*

_{1},

*u*

_{2},

*x*

_{1},

*x*

_{2}in the domain

*A*,

(b)*T* is continuous.

(c)*T*(*A*_{0}) ⊆ *B*_{0}.

*x*∈

*A*such that

If *x** is another best proximity point of *T*, then *Tx* = *Tx**.

*x*

_{0}∈

*A*

_{0}, the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }}, defined by

converges to a best proximity point of the mapping *T*.

The following best proximity point theorem is for non-self mappings which are generalized proximal contractions of the first kind as well as generalized proximal contractions of the second kind without the assumption of approximatively compactness of the domains or the co-domains of the mappings.

**Theorem 3.6**. Let *A* and *B* be non-void, closed subsets of a complete metric space. Also, suppose that *A*_{0} and *B*_{0} are non-void. Let *T* : *A* → *B* satisfy the following conditions:

(a)*T* is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind as well as a generalized proximal contraction of the second kind.

(b)*T*(*A*_{0}) is contained in *B*_{0}.

*x*in

*A*such that

and the sequence {*x*_{
n
}} converges to the best proximity point *x*, where *x*_{0} is any fixed element in *A*_{0} and *d*(*x*_{
n
}_{+1}, *Tx*_{
n
}) = *d*(*A, B*) for *n* ≥ 0.

**Proof**. Proceeding as in Theorem 3.1, it is possible to find a sequence {

*x*

_{ n }} in

*A*

_{0}such that

*n*. As in Theorem 3.1, it can be shown that the sequence {

*x*

_{ n }} is a Cauchy sequence and hence converges to some element

*x*in

*A*. Further, as in Theorem 3.4, it can be asserted that the sequence {

*Tx*

_{ n }} is a Cauchy sequence and hence converges to some element

*y*in

*B*. Therefore, it follows that

*x*becomes an element of

*A*

_{0}. In light of the fact that

*T*(

*A*

_{0}) is contained in

*B*

_{0},

*u*in

*A*. Since

*T*is a generalized proximal contraction of the first kind, it can be seen that

*n*→ ∞,

*d*(

*u, x*) ≤ (

*β*+

*δ*)

*d*(

*u, x*), which implies that

*x*and

*u*must be identical. Thus, it follows that

Also, the uniqueness of the best proximity point of the mapping *T* follows as in Theorem 3.1. This completes the proof of the theorem.

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