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*F*-closed sets and coupled fixed point theorems without the mixed monotone property

- Marwan Amin Kutbi
^{1}, - Antonio Roldán
^{2}Email author, - Wutiphol Sintunavarat
^{3}Email author, - Juan Martínez-Moreno
^{2}and - Concepción Roldán
^{4}

**2013**:330

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2013-330

© Kutbi et al.; licensee Springer. 2013

**Received:**28 July 2013**Accepted:**6 November 2013**Published:**3 December 2013

## Abstract

In this paper we present the notion of *F-closed set* (which is weaker than the concept of *F-invariant set* introduced in Samet and Vetro (Ann. Funct. Anal. 1:46-56, 2010), and we prove some coupled fixed point theorems without the condition of mixed monotone property. Furthermore, we interpret the *transitive property* as a partial preorder and, then, some results in that paper and in Sintunavarat *et al.* (Fixed Point Theory Appl. 2012:170, 2012) can be reduced to the unidimensional case.

**MSC:**46T99, 47H10, 47H09, 54H25.

## Keywords

- partially ordered set
- fixed point
- contractive mapping
- mixed monotone property
*F*-invariant set

## 1 Introduction

One of the very popular tools of a fixed point theory is the Banach contraction principle which first appeared in 1922. It states that if $(X,d)$ is a complete metric space and $T:X\to X$ is a contraction mapping (*i.e.*, $d(Tx,Ty)\le kd(x,y)$ for all $x,y\in X$, where *k* is a nonnegative number such that $k<1$), then *T* has a unique fixed point. Several mathematicians have been dedicated to improvement and generalization of this principle. In recent times, one of the most attractive research topics in fixed point theory is to prove the existence of a fixed point on metric spaces endowed with partial orders. An initial result in this direction was given by Turinici [1] in 1986. Following this line of research, Ran and Reurings [2] (and, later, Nieto and Rodríguez-López [3]) used a partial order on the ambient metric space to introduce a slightly different contractivity condition, which must be only verified by comparable points. Thus, they reported two versions of the Banach contraction principle in partially ordered sets and applied them to the study of some applications to matrix equations.

Since then, different extensions to coupled, tripled, quadrupled and multidimensional cases have appeared [4–28]. One of the common properties of all these results is the fact that the mapping $F:{X}^{n}\to X$ must verify the *mixed monotone property*. Searching for a generalization of this kind of theorems, Samet and Vetro [29] succeeded in proving some results in which the mapping *F* did not necessarily have the mixed monotone property. To do that, they introduced the notion of *F-invariant set*. Later, Sintunavarat, Kumam and Cho [30] used this property in order to prove some coupled fixed point theorems for nonlinear contractions without the mixed monotone property.

In this note we observe that the *F*-invariant property introduced in [29] can be interpreted as a partial preorder and, then, some results in that paper and in [30] can be reduced to the unidimensional case.

## 2 Preliminaries

Henceforth, let *X* be a nonempty set. Given a positive integer *n*, let ${X}^{n}$ be the product space $X\times X\times \stackrel{n}{\cdots}\times X$. We will use *m* to denote nonnegative integers. Unless otherwise stated, ‘for all *m*’ will mean ‘for all $m\ge 0$’.

**Definition 1** (Roldán *et al.* [31])

A *preorder* (or a *quasiorder*) ≼ on *X* is a binary relation on *X* that is *reflexive* (*i.e.*, $x\preccurlyeq x$ for all $x\in X$) and *transitive* (if $x,y,z\in X$ verify $x\preccurlyeq y$ and $y\preccurlyeq z$, then $x\preccurlyeq z$). In such a case, we say that $(X,\preccurlyeq )$ is a *preordered space* (or a *preordered set*). If a preorder ≼ is also *antisymmetric* ($x\preccurlyeq y$ and $y\preccurlyeq x$ imply $x=y$), then ≼ is called a *partial order*.

Throughout this manuscript, let $(X,d)$ be a metric space, and let ≼ be a preorder (or a partial order) on *X*.

**Definition 2** (Roldán [32])

If $(X,\preccurlyeq )$ is a preordered space, a mapping $T:X\to X$ is ≼*-nondecreasing* if $Tx\preccurlyeq Ty$ for all $x,y\in X$ such that $x\preccurlyeq y$.

In 2003, Ran and Reurings proved the following version of the Banach theorem applicable to metric spaces endowed with a partial order.

**Theorem 3** (Ran and Reurings [2])

*Let*$(X,\preccurlyeq )$

*be an ordered set endowed with a metric d*,

*and let*$T:X\to X$

*be a given mapping*.

*Suppose that the following conditions hold*:

- (a)
$(X,d)$

*is complete*. - (b)
*T**is*≼-*nondecreasing*. - (c)
*T**is continuous*. - (d)
*There exists*${x}_{0}\in X$*such that*${x}_{0}\preccurlyeq T{x}_{0}$. - (e)
*There exists a constant*$k\in (0,1)$*such that*$d(Tx,Ty)\le kd(x,y)$*for all*$x,y\in X$*with*$x\succcurlyeq y$.

*Then* *T* *has a fixed point*. *Moreover*, *if for all* $(x,y)\in {X}^{2}$ *there exists* $z\in X$ *such that* $x\preccurlyeq z$ *and* $y\preccurlyeq z$, *we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point*.

Later, Nieto and Rodríguez-López slightly modified the hypothesis of the previous result swapping condition (c) by the fact that $(X,d,\preccurlyeq )$ is nondecreasing-regular in the following sense.

**Definition 4** We will say that $(X,d,\preccurlyeq )$ is *nondecreasing-regular* (respectively, *nonincreasing-regular*) if any ≼-nondecreasing (respectively, ≼-nonincreasing) sequence $\{{x}_{m}\}$ *d*-converges to $x\in X$, we have that ${x}_{m}\preccurlyeq x$ (respectively, ${x}_{m}\succcurlyeq x$) for all *m*. And $(X,d,\preccurlyeq )$ is *regular* if it is both nondecreasing-regular and nonincreasing-regular.

and proved a version of the following result in which the space is not necessarily endowed with a partial order (but the contractivity condition holds over all pairs of points of the space).

**Theorem 5**

*Let*$(X,\preccurlyeq )$

*be an ordered set endowed with a metric*

*d*,

*and let*$T:X\to X$

*be a given mapping*.

*Suppose that the following conditions hold*:

- (a)
$(X,d)$

*is complete*. - (b)
*T**is*≼-*nondecreasing*. - (c)
*Either**T**is continuous or*$(X,d,\preccurlyeq )$*is nondecreasing*-*regular*. - (d)
*There exists*${x}_{0}\in X$*such that*${x}_{0}\preccurlyeq T{x}_{0}$. - (e)
*There exists*$\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$*such that*$d(Tx,Ty)\le \phi (d(x,y))$*for all*$x,y\in X$*with*$x\succcurlyeq y$.

*Then* *T* *has a fixed point*. *Moreover*, *if for all* $(x,y)\in {X}^{2}$ *there exists* $z\in X$ *such that* $x\preccurlyeq z$ *and* $y\preccurlyeq z$, *we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point*.

Some generalizations of the previous result can be found in Wang [35] (to the multidimensional case), in Romaguera [36] (to partial metric spaces, but not necessarily provided with a partial order) and in Roldán [32].

In order to guarantee the existence and uniqueness of a solution of periodic boundary value problems, Gnana Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham (and, subsequently, Lakshmikantham and Ćirić, see [37]) proved, in 2006, existence and uniqueness of a *coupled fixed point* (a notion introduced by Guo and Lakshmikantham) in the setting of partially ordered metric spaces by introducing the notion of *mixed monotone property*.

**Definition 6** (Guo and Lakshmikantham [38])

*coupled fixed point of the mapping*$F:X\times X\to X$ if

In order to ensure the existence of coupled fixed points, Gnana Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham introduced the following condition.

**Definition 7** (Gnana Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [39])

*F*has the

*mixed monotone property*if $F(x,y)$ is monotone nondecreasing in

*x*and is monotone nonincreasing in

*y*, that is, for any $x,y\in X$,

Many results were proved to ensure the existence of a coupled fixed point. One of the common properties of all these results is the fact that the mapping $F:X\times X\to X$ must verify the *mixed monotone property*. Searching for a generalization of this kind of theorems, Samet and Vetro [29] succeeded in proving some results in which the mapping *F* did not necessarily have the mixed monotone property.

**Definition 8** (Samet and Vetro [29])

*M*be a nonempty subset of ${X}^{4}$. We say that

*M*is an

*F-invariant subset of*${X}^{4}$ if, for all $x,y,z,w\in X$,

- (i)
$(x,y,z,w)\in M\u27fa(w,z,y,x)\in M$;

- (ii)
$(x,y,z,w)\in M\u27f9(F(x,y),F(y,x),F(z,w),F(w,z))\in M$.

The following theorem is the main result in [29].

**Theorem 9** (Samet and Vetro [29])

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space*, $F:X\times X\to X$

*be a continuous mapping and*

*M*

*be a nonempty subset of*${X}^{4}$.

*We assume that*

- (i)
*M**is**F*-*invariant*; - (ii)
*there exists*$({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in {X}^{2}$*such that*$(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}),{x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in M$; - (iii)
*for all*$(x,y,u,v)\in M$,*we have*$\begin{array}{r}d(F(x,y),F(u,v))\\ \phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\le \frac{\alpha}{2}[d(x,F(x,y))+d(y,F(y,x))]\\ \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}+\frac{\beta}{2}[d(u,F(u,v))+d(v,F(v,u))]+\frac{\theta}{2}[d(x,F(u,v))+d(y,F(v,u))]\\ \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}+\frac{\gamma}{2}[d(u,F(x,y))+d(v,F(y,x))]+\frac{\delta}{2}[d(x,u)+d(y,v)],\end{array}$

*where* *α*, *β*, *θ*, *γ*, *δ* *are nonnegative constants such that* $\alpha +\beta +\theta +\gamma +\delta <1$.

*Then* *F* *has a coupled fixed point*, *i*.*e*., *there exists* $(x,y)\in X\times X$ *such that* $F(x,y)=x$ *and* $F(y,x)=y$.

Later, Sintunavarat *et al.* [30] introduced the notion of *transitive property* so as to extend the Lakshmikantham and Ćirić’s theorem (see [37]).

**Definition 10** (Sintunavarat *et al.* [30])

*M*be a subset of ${X}^{4}$. We say that

*M*satisfies the transitive property if, for all $x,y,z,w,a,b\in X$,

Then they proved the following result.

**Theorem 11** (Sintunavarat *et al.* [30])

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space and*

*M*

*be a nonempty subset of*${X}^{4}$.

*Assume that there is a function*$\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$

*with*$0=\phi (0)<\phi (t)<t$

*and*${lim}_{r\to {t}^{+}}\phi (r)<t$

*for each*$t>0$,

*and also suppose that*$F:X\times X\to X$

*is a mapping such that*

*for all*$(x,y,u,v)\in M$.

*Suppose that either*

- (a)
*F is continuous or* - (b)
*if for any two sequences*$\{{x}_{m}\}$, $\{{y}_{m}\}$*with*$({x}_{m+1},{y}_{m+1},{x}_{m},{y}_{m})\in M$,$\{{x}_{m}\}\to x,\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\{{y}_{m}\}\to y,$

*for all* $m\ge 1$, *then* $(x,y,{x}_{m},{y}_{m})\in M$ *for all* $m\ge 1$.

*If there exists* $({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in X\times X$ *such that* $(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}),{x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in M$ *and* *M* *is an* *F*-*invariant set which satisfies the transitive property*, *then there exist* $x,y\in X$ *such that* $x=F(x,y)$ *and* $y=F(y,x)$, *that is*, *F* *has a coupled fixed point*.

In recent times, it has been proved that many coupled, tripled and quadrupled results can be reduced to the unidimensional case, that is, to Theorems 3 and 5 (see, for instance, Samet *et al.* [40], Agarwal *et al.* [41] and Roldán *et al.* [42]). Furthermore, in some cases, it is not necessary to consider a partial order, but a preorder (see Roldán *et al.* [31] and Roldán [32]).

In this paper we observe that if $M\subseteq {X}^{4}$ is *F*-invariant and has the transitive property, we could induce a preorder on ${X}^{2}$ such that Theorem 11 can be seen as an easy consequence of Theorem 5.

## 3 Main results

In this section we extend some of the previous results using a weaker notion than *F*-invariant set. Throughout this section, let *X* be a nonempty set, let $F:X\times X\to X$ be a mapping, and let *M* be a subset of ${X}^{4}$.

### 3.1 *F*-closed sets and a related fixed point theorem

We extend the notion of *F*-invariant set as follows.

**Definition 12**We say that

*M*is an

*F-closed subset of*${X}^{4}$ if, for all $x,y,u,v\in X$,

Obviously, every *F*-invariant set is an *F*-closed set. In particular, ∅ and ${X}^{4}$ are *F*-closed sets.

**Example 13** Let $X=\{0,1\}$, and let $M=\{(0,0,0,0),(1,0,0,0)\}\subseteq {X}^{4}$. If we consider the mapping $F:X\times X\to X$ given by $F(x,y)=0$ for all $x,y\in X$, then *M* is *F*-closed, but it is not *F*-invariant.

In Lemma 18 we will show some nontrivial examples of *F*-closed sets. The following result presents a characterization of *F*-closed sets.

**Lemma 14**

*Let*

*X*

*be a nonempty set*,

*let*$F:X\times X\to X$

*be a mapping*,

*and let*

*M*

*be a subset of*${X}^{4}$.

*Define*:

*Then the following properties hold*.

- (1)
${\u2291}_{M}$

*is reflexive whatever**M*. - (2)
*M**satisfies the transitive property if and only if*${\u2291}_{M}$*is a preorder on*${X}^{2}$. - (3)
*M**is**F*-*closed if and only if the mapping*${T}_{F}$*is*${\u2291}_{M}$-*nondecreasing*. - (4)
*If**M**is**F*-*invariant*,*then the mapping*${T}_{F}$*is*${\u2291}_{M}$-*nondecreasing*.

*Proof* (1) is obvious. (2) Suppose that *M* satisfies the transitive property, and let $(x,y){\u2291}_{M}(u,v)$ and $(u,v){\u2291}_{M}(a,b)$. If $(x,y)=(u,v)$ or $(u,v)=(a,b)$, then it is apparent that $(x,y){\u2291}_{M}(a,b)$. In other case, $(u,v,x,y)\in M$ and $(a,b,u,v)\in M$. Since *M* satisfies the transitive property, then $(a,b,x,y)\in M$, which means that ${\u2291}_{M}$ is a preorder on ${X}^{2}$. The converse is similar. (3) Suppose that *M* is *F*-closed. Let $(x,y),(u,v)\in {X}^{2}$ be such that $(x,y){\u2291}_{M}(u,v)$. If $(x,y)=(u,v)$, then it is clear that ${T}_{F}(x,y)={T}_{F}(u,v)$. Now suppose that $(u,v,x,y)\in M$. Since *M* is *F*-closed, we know that $(F(u,v),F(v,u),F(x,y),F(y,x))\in M$, that is, $(F(x,y),F(y,x)){\u2291}_{M}(F(u,v),F(v,u))$, which means that ${T}_{F}(x,y){\u2291}_{M}{T}_{F}(u,v)$. Therefore, ${T}_{F}$ is ${\u2291}_{M}$-nondecreasing. The converse is similar. (4) It follows from the fact that *M* is also *F*-closed. □

*d*is a metric on

*X*, then the mapping ${D}_{d}:{X}^{2}\times {X}^{2}\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$, defined by

is a metric on ${X}^{2}$. Furthermore, if $F:X\times X\to X$ is a *d*-continuous mapping, then ${T}_{F}:{X}^{2}\to {X}^{2}$, defined as in (2), is ${D}_{d}$-continuous. Thus, the following result reduces a coupled fixed point theorem to a unidimensional case.

**Theorem 15** *Theorem* 11 *follows from Theorem* 5.

*Proof*Let $Y=X\times X={X}^{2}$, provided with the metric ${D}_{d}$ and the preorder ${\u2291}_{M}$. It is clear that $(Y,{D}_{d})$ is a complete metric space, and Lemma 14 assures us that ${T}_{F}$ is ${\u2291}_{M}$-nondecreasing. The condition $(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}),{x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in M$ means that the point ${Z}_{0}=({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ verifies ${Z}_{0}{\u2291}_{M}{T}_{F}({Z}_{0})$. If

*F*is

*d*-continuous, then ${T}_{F}$ is ${D}_{d}$-continuous. Taking into account that $\{({x}_{m},{y}_{m})\}$ ${D}_{d}$-converges to $(x,y)\in Y$ if and only if $\{{x}_{m}\}$

*d*-converges to

*x*and $\{{y}_{m}\}$

*d*-converges to

*y*, it is clear that condition (b) in Theorem 11 implies that $(Y,{D}_{d},{\u2291}_{M})$ is nondecreasing-regular. Finally, suppose that $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$ verify $(x,y){\u2291}_{M}(u,v)$ and we are going to show that

Using Theorem 5, we conclude that ${T}_{F}$ has a fixed point, that is, *F* has a coupled fixed point. □

### 3.2 Fixed point results without the mixed monotone property

In the previous result, *M* is *F*-invariant and satisfies the transitive property. Next we show that these conditions are not necessary in order to prove coupled fixed point theorems. Therefore, we can prove some results avoiding such property.

**Theorem 16**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space*,

*let*$F:X\times X\to X$

*be a continuous mapping*,

*and let*

*M*

*be a subset of*${X}^{4}$.

*Assume that*:

- (i)
*M**is**F*-*closed*; - (ii)
*there exists*$({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in {X}^{2}$*such that*$(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}),{x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in M$; - (iii)
*there exists*$k\in [0,1)$*such that for all*$(x,y,u,v)\in M$,*we have*$d(F(x,y),F(u,v))+d(F(y,x),F(v,u))\le k(d(x,u)+d(y,v)).$

*Then* *F* *has a coupled fixed point*.

*Proof*Using $({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in {X}^{2}$ and by recurrence, define ${x}_{m+1}=F({x}_{m},{y}_{m})$ and ${y}_{m+1}=F({y}_{m},{x}_{m})$ for all $m\ge 0$. We claim that $({x}_{m+1},{y}_{m+1},{x}_{m},{y}_{m})\in M$ for all $m\ge 0$. Indeed, $({x}_{1},{y}_{1},{x}_{0},{y}_{0})=(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}),{x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in M$. Assume that $({x}_{m+1},{y}_{m+1},{x}_{m},{y}_{m})\in M$ for some $m\ge 0$. Since

*M*is

*F*-closed,

This proves that $\{{x}_{m}\}$ and $\{{y}_{m}\}$ are Cauchy sequences in the complete metric space $(X,d)$. Therefore, there are $x,y\in X$ such that $\{{x}_{m}\}\to x$ and $\{{y}_{m}\}\to y$. Since *F* is continuous, $\{{x}_{m+1}\}=\{F({x}_{m},{y}_{m})\}\to F(x,y)$, so $F(x,y)=x$. Analogously, $F(y,x)=y$ and $(x,y)$ is a coupled fixed point of *F*. □

**Example 17**Let $X=[-1,1]$ provided with the Euclidean metric. Let $M={X}^{4}\setminus \{(0,0,0,1)\}$ and consider the mapping $F:X\times X\to X$ given by $F(x,y)=(x-y)/4$ for all $x,y\in X$. Then

*M*is an

*F*-closed set but it is not an

*F*-invariant set. Taking into account that, for all $x,y,u,v\in X$,

and choosing $({x}_{0},{y}_{0})=(1,-1)$, we conclude that all hypotheses of Theorem 16 are verified. Then *F* has a coupled fixed point, which is $(0,0)$, but Theorem 11 cannot be applied because *M* is not an *F*-invariant set.

**Lemma 18** *Given* ${Z}_{0}\in {X}^{2}$, *the set* ${M}_{F}({Z}_{0})$ *is* *F*-*closed*. *Indeed*, *if* $M\subseteq {X}^{4}$ *is an* *F*-*closed set verifying* $({T}_{F}({Z}_{0}),{Z}_{0})\in M$, *then* ${M}_{F}({Z}_{0})\subseteq M$.

*Proof*Let ${Z}_{0}=({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in {X}^{2}$ and define ${x}_{m+1}=F({x}_{m},{y}_{m})$ and ${y}_{m+1}=F({y}_{m},{x}_{m})$ for all $m\ge 0$. Let us prove that ${T}_{F}^{m}({Z}_{0})=({x}_{m},{y}_{m})$ for all $m\ge 0$. If $m=0$, it is obvious. If $m=1$, then $({x}_{1},{y}_{1})=(F({x}_{0},{y}_{0}),F({y}_{0},{x}_{0}))={T}_{F}({x}_{0},{y}_{0})={T}_{F}({Z}_{0})$. By recurrence,

*F*-closed. Let $(x,y,u,v)\in {M}_{F}({Z}_{0})$. Then there exists $m\ge 0$ such that $(x,y,u,v)=({T}_{F}^{m+1}({Z}_{0}),{T}_{F}^{m}({Z}_{0}))=({x}_{m+1},{y}_{m+1},{x}_{m},{y}_{m})$. Therefore

*F*-closed set verifying $({T}_{F}({Z}_{0}),{Z}_{0})\in M$, and we are going to show that ${M}_{F}({Z}_{0})\subseteq M$. In particular, we will prove that $({T}_{F}^{m+1}({Z}_{0}),{T}_{F}^{m}({Z}_{0}))\in M$ for all $m\ge 0$ by the induction method. Indeed, if $m=0$, by hypothesis, $({T}_{F}({Z}_{0}),{Z}_{0})\in M$. Suppose that $({T}_{F}^{m+1}({Z}_{0}),{T}_{F}^{m}({Z}_{0}))\in M$ for some $m\ge 0$. Since

*M*is

*F*-closed,

This completes the induction. Thus, ${M}_{F}({Z}_{0})\subseteq M$. □

If we particularize Theorem 16 to the *F*-closed set $M={M}_{F}({Z}_{0})$, we obtain the following result.

**Corollary 19**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space*,

*let*$F:X\times X\to X$

*be a continuous mapping*,

*and suppose that there exist*${Z}_{0}\in {X}^{2}$

*and*$k\in [0,1)$

*such that*

*for all* $(x,y,u,v)\in {M}_{F}({Z}_{0})$. *Then* *F* *has a coupled fixed point*.

Notice that in the previous result, we have not necessarily a partial order on *X* nor a mapping verifying the mixed monotone property.

**Theorem 20** *Theorem* 9 *follows from Corollary* 19.

*Proof*Following the proof given in [29], we can consider a constant

which is exactly condition (3). Then *F* has a coupled fixed point. □

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