# Coupled fixed points for multivalued mappings in fuzzy metric spaces

- Zheyong Qiu
^{1}and - Shihuang Hong
^{1}Email author

**2013**:162

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2013-162

© Qiu and Hong; licensee Springer. 2013

**Received: **11 January 2013

**Accepted: **4 June 2013

**Published: **25 June 2013

## Abstract

In this paper, we establish two coupled fixed point theorems for multivalued nonlinear contraction mappings in partially ordered fuzzy metric spaces. The theorems presented extend some corresponding results due to ordinary metric spaces. An example is given to illustrate the usability of our results.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

In 1969, Nadler [1] extended the famous Banach contraction principle from single-valued mappings to multivalued mappings and proved the existence of fixed points for contractive multivalued mappings in complete metric spaces. Since then, the existence of fixed points for various multivalued contractive mappings has been studied by many authors under different conditions. For details, we refer to [2–10] and the references therein. For instance, in [3] Ćirić has proved a fixed point theorem for the single-valued mappings satisfying some contractive condition. Samet and Vetro [4] extended this result to multivalued mappings and proved the existence of a coupled fixed point theorem for the multivalued contraction.

One of the most important problems in fuzzy topology is to obtain an appropriate concept of fuzzy metric spaces. This problem has been investigated by many authors from different points of view. In particular, George and Veeramani [11, 12] introduced and studied the notion of fuzzy metric *M* on a set *X* with the help of continuous *t*-norms introduced in [13], and from now on, when we talk about fuzzy metrics, we refer to this type. Fuzzy metric spaces have many applications. In particular, on the fuzzy metric space, by using some topological properties induced by this kind of fuzzy metrics, there are several fixed point results established. Some instances of these works are in [14–23]. In fact, fuzzy fixed point results are more versatile than the regular metric fixed point results. This is due to the flexibility which the fuzzy concept inherently possesses. For example, the Banach contraction mapping principle has been extended in fuzzy metric spaces in two inequivalent ways in [17, 24]. Fuzzy fixed point theory has a developed literature and can be regarded as a subject in its own right (see [16]).

In recent times, the existence of common or coupled fixed points of a fuzzy version for multiple mappings has attracted much attention. We mention that the coupled fixed point results were proved by Sedghi *et al.* [15], which is a fuzzy version of the result of [25]. Choudhury [16] further extended the result of [25] and provided the existence results of coupled coincidence points for compatible mappings in partially ordered fuzzy metric spaces. After that common coupled fixed point results in fuzzy metric spaces were established by Hu [19]. However, to the best of our knowledge, few papers were devoted to fixed point problems of multivalued mappings in fuzzy metric spaces (see [26, 27]).

The aim of this paper is to present two new coupled fixed point theorems for two multivalued mappings in the fuzzy metric space. The idea of the present paper originates from the study of an analogous problem examined by Samet *et al.* [4] in regular partially ordered metric spaces due to Ćirić [3]. Our results give a significant extension of some corresponding results. An example is also given to illustrate the suitability of our results.

## 2 Preliminaries

To set up our main results in the sequel, we recall some necessary definitions and preliminary concepts in this section.

**Definition 2.1** [13]

*t*-norm if the following properties are satisfied:

- (T1)
$a\ast 1=a$ for all $a\in [0,1]$,

- (T2)
$a\ast b\le c\ast d$ whenever $a\le c$ and $b\le d$ for each $a,b,c,d\in [0,1]$,

- (T3)
∗ is continuous, associative and commutative.

In this sequel, we further assume that ∗ satisfies

(T4) $a\ast b\ge ab$ for all $a,b\in [0,1]$.

For examples of *t*-norm satisfying the conditions (T1)-(T4), we enumerate $a\ast b=ab$, $a\ast b=min\{a,b\}$ and $a\ast b=ab/max\{a,b,\lambda \}$ for $0<\lambda <1$, respectively.

**Definition 2.2** [11]

*X*is an arbitrary nonempty set, ∗ is a continuous

*t*-norm and

*M*is a fuzzy set on $X\times X\times (0,+\mathrm{\infty})$ satisfying the following conditions for all $x,y,z\in X$, $s,t>0$:

- (F1)
$M(x,y,t)>0$,

- (F2)
$M(x,y,t)=1$ for all $t>0$ if and only if $x=y$,

- (F3)
$M(x,y,t)=M(y,x,t)$,

- (F4)
$M(x,y,t)\ast M(y,z,s)\le M(x,z,t+s)$ and

- (F5)
$M(x,y,\cdot ):(0,+\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1]$ is continuous.

In this sense, $(M,\ast )$ is called a fuzzy metric on *X*.

**Example 2.3** [11]

Let *X* be the set of all real numbers and *d* be the Euclidean metric. Let $a\ast b=min\{a,b\}$ for all $a,b\in [0,1]$. For each $t>0$, $x,y\in X$, let $M(x,y,t)=\frac{t}{t+d(x,y)}$. Then $(X,M,\ast )$ is a fuzzy metric space.

A subset $A\subset X$ is called open if for each $x\in A$, there exist $t>0$ and $0<r<1$ such that $B(x,t,r)\subset A$. Let $\mathcal{T}$ denote the family of all open subsets of *X*. Then $\mathcal{T}$ is a topology on *X* induced by the fuzzy metric $(M,\ast )$. This topology is metrizable (see [12]). Therefore, a closed subset *B* of *X* is equivalent to $x\in B$ if and only if there exists a sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}\subset B$ such that $\{{x}_{n}\}$ topologically converges to *x*. In fact, the topological convergence of sequences can be indicated by the fuzzy metric as follows.

**Definition 2.4** [11]

- (i)
A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in

*X*is said to be convergent to a point $x\in X$ if ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}M({x}_{n},x,t)=1$ for any $t>0$. - (ii)
A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in

*X*is called a Cauchy sequence if ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}M({x}_{n+p},{x}_{n},t)=1$ for any $t>0$ and a positive integer*p*. - (iii)
A fuzzy metric space $(X,M,\ast )$, in which every Cauchy sequence is convergent, is said to be complete.

*X*. For $C\in \mathit{CB}(X)$ and $x\in X$, we define

**Lemma 2.5** *If* $A\in \mathit{CB}(X)$, $x\in A$ *if and only if* ${M}^{\mathrm{\nabla}}(A,x,t)=1$ *for all* $t>0$.

*Proof* Since ${M}^{\mathrm{\nabla}}(A,x,t)=sup\{M(x,y,t):y\in A\}=1$, there exists a sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}\subset A$ such that $M(x,{y}_{n},t)>1-\frac{1}{n}$. Let $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, we have ${y}_{n}\to x$. From $A\in \mathit{CB}(X)$ it follows that $x\in A$.

Conversely, if $x\in A$, we have ${M}^{\mathrm{\nabla}}(A,x,t)=sup\{M(x,y,t):y\in A\}\ge M(x,x,t)=1$ for any $t>0$. This implies that ${M}^{\mathrm{\nabla}}(A,x,t)=1$ for all $t>0$. □

**Definition 2.6**An element $(x,y)\in X\times X$ is a coupled fixed point of $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ if

At the end of this section, we introduce the following necessary notions.

The function $f:X\times X\times (0,\mathrm{\infty})\to (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ is said to be uniformly upper semi-continuous with respect to $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ on $X\times X$ if ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}({x}_{n},{y}_{n})=(x,y)$ implies that $f(x,y,t)\ge {lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}f({x}_{n},{y}_{n},t)$ for $\{{x}_{n}\},\{{y}_{n}\}\subset X$ and all $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$.

*X*be a nonempty set endowed with a partial order ⪯ and let $G:X\to X$ be a given mapping. We recall the set

**Definition 2.7**Let $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ be a given mapping. We say that

*F*is a Δ-symmetric mapping if and only if

## 3 Main results

In order to prove our main results, we need the following hypothesis.

with $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ is uniformly upper semi-continuous with respect to $t\in (0,\mathrm{\infty})$ on $X\times X$.

**Theorem 3.1** *Let* $(X,M,\ast )$ *be a complete fuzzy metric space with the partial order* ⪯ *and* $({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in \mathrm{\Delta}$. *Let* $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ *be a* Δ-*symmetric mapping and satisfy that*

- (i)
*the condition*(H)*holds and* - (ii)
*for any*$(x,y)\in \mathrm{\Delta}$,*if*$g(x,y)={inf}_{t>0}f(x,y,t)<2$,*then there exist*$u\in F(x,y)$*and*$v\in F(y,x)$*with*$\sqrt{\phi (g(x,y))}[M(x,u,t)+M(y,v,t)]\ge f(x,y,t)$(2)

*such that*

*where*, $t>0$, *the function* $\phi :[0,2]\to [1,+\mathrm{\infty})$ *is nonincreasing*, $\phi (r)>1$ *for* $0\le r<2$ *and* ${lim}_{r\to {2}^{-}}\phi (r)>1$.

*Then* *F* *admits a coupled fixed point on* $X\times X$.

*Proof*If $g(x,y)=2$, then it is easy to see that $(x,y)\in X\times X$ is a coupled fixed point of

*F*. Otherwise, $g(x,y)<2$ and the definition of

*φ*guarantees that $\phi (g(x,y))>1$ for each $(x,y)\in X\times X$. By virtue of the definition of ${M}^{\mathrm{\nabla}}$, there exist $u\in F(x,y)$ and $v\in F(y,x)$ for any given $(x,y)\in X\times X$ such that

*F*is a Δ-symmetric mapping. By Definition 2.7 we have $F({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\mathcal{R}F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$, which further implies $({x}_{1},{y}_{1})\in \mathrm{\Delta}$. If $g({x}_{1},{y}_{1})=2$, then $({x}_{1},{y}_{1})$ is a coupled fixed point of

*F*and our desired result comes out. Otherwise, $g({x}_{1},{y}_{1})<2$, which implies that $\phi (g({x}_{1},{y}_{1}))>1$. Again, the condition (ii) guarantees that there exist ${x}_{2}\in F({x}_{1},{y}_{1})$ and ${y}_{2}\in F({y}_{1},{x}_{1})$ such that

*F*, or $g({x}_{n},{y}_{n})<2$, which implies $\phi (g({x}_{n},{y}_{n}))>1$. In this case, we have

*f*. Therefore, this deduces $\{f({x}_{n},{y}_{n},t)\}$ is convergent, say,

*φ*is nonincreasing. By means of this, taking the limit on both sides of (8) with $t={t}_{0}$ and having in mind the assumptions of

*φ*, we have

a contradiction. Thus $\alpha (t)\equiv 2$ for all $t>0$.

*β*exists. Since $\phi (g({x}_{n},{y}_{n}))>1$, the properties of

*φ*guarantee that $\beta >1$. Let the real number

*p*with $\beta >p>1$ and ${p}^{2}>\beta $ be any fixed. For any $\epsilon >0$ with $\epsilon <min\{1,{p}^{2}-\beta \}$, there exists ${n}_{2}\in \mathbb{N}$ such that

*ε*implies that ${p}^{m}\ge \beta +\epsilon $ for $m\ge 2$. Consequently, we can choose that ${n}_{0}\in \mathbb{N}$ is large enough such that

*ε*,

Let $\epsilon \to 0$, we have $M({x}_{n},{x}_{k+1},t)>1-\u03f5$. By induction, we get that the first inequality in (11) is true. The proof of the second inequality in (11) is analogous.

*z*is a coupled fixed point of

*F*. Since

*f*is upper semi-continuous, from ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}f({x}_{n},{y}_{n},t)=\alpha (t)\equiv 2$ we get

From Lemma 2.5 it follows that ${z}_{1}\in F({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and ${z}_{2}\in F({z}_{2},{z}_{1})$, that is, $z=({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ is a coupled fixed point of *F*. The proof is completed. □

**Theorem 3.2** *Let* $(X,M,\ast )$ *be a complete fuzzy metric space endowed with a partial order *⪯, $\mathrm{\Delta}\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, *and let* $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ *be a* Δ-*symmetric multivalued mapping satisfying that*

- (i)
*the*(H)*holds and* - (ii)
*for any*$(x,y)\in \mathrm{\Delta}$,*there exist*$u\in F(x,y)$*and*$v\in F(y,x)$*with*$h(x,y,u,v)<2$*and*$\sqrt{\phi (h(x,y,u,v))}[M(x,u,t)+M(y,v,t)]\ge f(x,y,t)$(12)

*such that*

*where* $h(x,y,u,v)={inf}_{t>0}\{M(x,u,t)+M(t,v,t)\}<2$ *for* $x,y,u,v\in X$, *the function* $\phi :[0,2]\to [1,+\mathrm{\infty})$ *is nonincreasing and satisfies that* $\phi (r)>1$ *for* $0\le r<2$ *and* ${lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{r\to {s}^{-}}\phi (r)>1$ *for each* $s\in (0,2)$.

*Then* *F* *admits a coupled fixed point on* $X\times X$.

*Proof*If $h(x,y,u,v)=2$, then it is easy to see that $x=u$ and $y=v$. In this case, $(x,y)$ is a coupled fixed point of

*F*if $u\in F(x,y)$ and $v\in F(y,x)$. Otherwise, $h(x,y,u,v)<2$ and the definition of

*φ*guarantees that $\phi (h(x,y,u,v))>1$ for each $(x,y)\in X\times X$. As an analogy of the argument of Theorem 3.1, we can construct the sequences $\{{x}_{n}\},\{{y}_{n}\}\subset X$ such that either $h({x}_{n},{y}_{n},{x}_{n+1},{y}_{n+1})=2$, which implies that $({x}_{n},{y}_{n})$ is a coupled fixed point of

*F*, or $h({x}_{n},{y}_{n},{x}_{n+1},{y}_{n+1})<2$, which implies $\phi (h({x}_{n},{y}_{n},{x}_{n+1},{y}_{n+1}))>1$. In this case, we have

for any $n\in \mathbb{N}$ and $t>0$, which implies that ${h}_{n}\le f({x}_{n},{y}_{n},t)$. Moreover, one has $\eta \le \alpha (t)$ for all $t>0$.

*φ*, we have ${lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{k\to \mathrm{\infty}}\sqrt{\phi ({h}_{{n}_{k}})}>1$. By means of this and the property of

*φ*, taking the limit on both sides of the following inequality:

we obtain $\alpha ({t}_{0})={lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{k\to \mathrm{\infty}}f({x}_{{n}_{k}+1},{y}_{{n}_{k}+1},{t}_{0})\ge {lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{k\to \mathrm{\infty}}[\sqrt{\phi ({h}_{{n}_{k}})}f({x}_{{n}_{k}},{y}_{{n}_{k}},{t}_{0})]>\alpha ({t}_{0})$, a contradiction. Hence, $\alpha (t)\equiv 2$. If $\eta <2$, repeating the above proceeding, we can obtain the contradiction of $2>2$. Consequently, $\eta =2$.

Finally, by $\eta =2$, it is easy to see that the sequences $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ and $\{{y}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ satisfy (10). Following the lines of the arguments of Theorem 3.1, we can obtain that $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ and $\{{y}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ are Cauchy sequences. The rest of the proof is the same as that of Theorem 3.1. This completes our proof. □

## 4 An example

In this section, we conclude the paper with the following example.

**Example 4.1**Let $X=[1,\mathrm{\infty})$, $a\ast b=ab$ for all $a,b\in [0,1]$ and

*X*be endowed with the usual order ≤. Define the function $G:X\to X$ by $G(x)=c$ for any $x\in X$, where

*c*is a positive constant. Then $\mathrm{\Delta}=(1,\mathrm{\infty})\times (1,\mathrm{\infty})$. Define the multivalued function $F:X\times X\to \mathit{CB}(X)$ by

**Conclusion** *F* *admits a coupled fixed point in* $X\times X$.

*Proof*It is not hard to see that

*X*is complete and

*F*is a Δ-symmetric mapping. Moreover,

*f*is obviously uniformly upper semi-continuous with respect to $t\in (0,+\mathrm{\infty})$,

*i.e.*, (H) is satisfied. Let the function $\phi :[0,2]\to [1,\mathrm{\infty})$ be defined by

*u*,

*v*satisfy the inequality (2) and

This yields that the inequality (3) is valid. (3) is obviously true if $x=y$. Now Theorem 3.1 guarantees that *F* admits a coupled fixed point on $X\times X$. □

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

The authors wish to express their hearty thanks to the anonymous referees for their valuable suggestions and comments. Supported by Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province (LY12A01002).

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