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# Convergence results for a common solution of a finite family of variational inequality problems for monotone mappings with Bregman distance function

- Naseer Shahzad
^{1}Email author, - Habtu Zegeye
^{2}and - Abdullah Alotaibi
^{1}

**2013**:343

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2013-343

© Shahzad et al.; licensee Springer. 2013

**Received:**27 August 2013**Accepted:**14 November 2013**Published:**13 December 2013

## Abstract

In this paper, we introduce an iterative process which converges strongly to a common solution of a finite family of variational inequality problems for monotone mappings with Bregman distance function. Our convergence theorem is applied to the convex minimization problem. Our theorems extend and unify most of the results that have been proved for the class of monotone mappings.

**MSC:**47H05, 47J05, 47J25.

## Keywords

- Bregman projection
- monotone mappings
- strong convergence
- variational inequality problems

## 1 Introduction

*E*is a real reflexive Banach space with ${E}^{\ast}$ as its dual and $f:E\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$ is a proper, lower semicontinuous and convex function. We denote by dom

*f*the domain of

*f*, defined by $domf:=\{x\in E:f(x)<+\mathrm{\infty}\}$. For any $x\in int(domf)$ and $y\in E$, the

*right-hand derivative*of

*f*at

*x*in the direction of

*y*is defined by

The function *f* is said to be *Gâteaux differentiable* at *x* if ${lim}_{t\to {0}^{+}}(f(x+ty)-f(x))/t$ exists for any $y\in E$. In this case, ${f}^{0}(x,y)$ coincides with $\mathrm{\nabla}f(x)$, the value of the gradient ∇*f* of *f* at *x*. The function *f* is said to be *Gâteaux differentiable* if it is Gâteaux differentiable for any $x\in int(domf)$. The function *f* is said to be *Fréchet differentiable* at *x* if this limit is attained uniformly in $\parallel y\parallel =1$. We say that *f* is *uniformly Fréchet differentiable* on a subset *C* of *E* if the limit is attained uniformly for $x\in C$ and $\parallel y\parallel =1$.

is called the *Bregman distance with respect to* *f* [1].

*Bregman projection*with respect to

*f*[1] of $x\in int(domf)$ onto the nonempty, closed and convex set $C\subset int(domf)$ is the unique vector ${P}_{C}^{f}(x)\in C$ satisfying

**Remark 1.1**If

*E*is a smooth and strictly convex Banach space and $f(x)={\parallel x\parallel}^{2}$ for all $x\in E$, then we have that $\mathrm{\nabla}f(x)=2J(x)$ for all $x\in E$, where

*J*the normalized duality mapping from

*E*into ${E}^{\ast}$, and hence ${D}_{f}(x,y)$ becomes ${D}_{f}(x,y)={\parallel x\parallel}^{2}-2\u3008x,Jy\u3009+{\parallel y\parallel}^{2}$ for all $x,y\in E$, which is the Lyapunov function introduced by Alber [2] and studied by many authors (see,

*e.g.*, [3–9] and the references therein). In addition, under the same condition, the Bregman projection ${P}_{C}^{f}(x)$ reduces to the generalized projection ${\mathrm{\Pi}}_{C}(x)$ (see,

*e.g.*, [2]) which is defined by

If $E=H$, a Hilbert space, *J* is the identity mapping, and hence the Bregman projection ${P}_{C}^{f}(x)$ reduces to the metric projection of *H* on to *C*, ${P}_{C}(x)$.

*γ*-

*inverse strongly monotone*if there exists a positive real number

*γ*such that

*A*is said to be

*monotone*if, for each $x,y\in D(A)$, the following inequality holds:

Clearly, the class of monotone mappings includes the class of *γ*-inverse strongly monotone mappings.

*C*be a nonempty, closed and convex subset of

*E*and $A:C\to {E}^{\ast}$ be a monotone mapping. The problem of finding

is called *the variational inequality problem*. The set of solutions of the variational inequality is denoted by $\mathit{VI}(C,A)$.

Variational inequality problems are related with the convex minimization problem, the zero of monotone mappings and the complementarity problem. Consequently, many researchers (see, *e.g.*, [3, 5, 10–15]) have made efforts to obtain iterative methods for approximating solutions of variational inequality problems.

*et al.*[16] introduced the following projection algorithm:

where ${P}_{C}$ is the metric projection from *H* onto *C* and $\{{\alpha}_{n}\}$ is a sequence of positive real numbers. They proved that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ generated by (1.6) *converges weakly* to some element of $\mathit{VI}(C,A)$ provided that *A* is a *γ*-inverse strongly monotone mapping.

*E*is a 2-uniformly convex and uniformly smooth Banach space, and

*A*is

*γ*-inverse strongly monotone, Iiduka and Takahashi [17] introduced the following iteration scheme for finding a solution of the variational inequality problem:

where ${\mathrm{\Pi}}_{C}$ is the generalized projection from *E* onto *C*, *J* is the normalized duality mapping from *E* into ${E}^{\ast}$ and $\{{\alpha}_{n}\}$ is a sequence of positive real numbers. They proved that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ generated by (1.7) *converges weakly* to some element of $\mathit{VI}(C,A)$.

It is worth mentioning that the convergence obtained above is *weak convergence*. Our concern now is to look for an iteration scheme which converges strongly to a solution of the variational inequality problem for a monotone mapping *A*.

*E*is a 2-uniformly convex and uniformly smooth Banach space and

*A*is a

*γ*-inverse strongly monotone mapping satisfying $\parallel Au\parallel \le \parallel Ay-Au\parallel $ for all $y\in C$ and $u\in \mathit{VI}(C,A)$ for $\mathit{VI}(C,A)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, Iiduka and Takahashi [10] studied the following iterative scheme for a solution of the variational inequality problem:

where $\{{\alpha}_{n}\}$ is a positive real sequence satisfying certain mild conditions and ${\mathrm{\Pi}}_{{C}_{n}\cap {Q}_{n}}$ is the generalized projection from *E* onto ${C}_{n}\cap {Q}_{n}$, *J* is the duality mapping from *E* into ${E}^{\ast}$. Then they proved that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ converges strongly to an element of $\mathit{VI}(C,A)$.

*E*which also enjoys the Kadec-Klee property:

where ${T}_{i,\gamma}x:=\{z\in C:\u3008{A}_{i}z,y-z\u3009+\frac{1}{\gamma}\u3008y-z,Jz-Jx\u3009\ge 0,\mathrm{\forall}y\in C\}$ for all $x\in E$, $i=1,2$, and $\beta ,{\gamma}_{n}\in (0,1)$ satisfy certain mild conditions. Then they proved that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ converges strongly to ${\mathrm{\Pi}}_{F}({x}_{0})$, where ${\mathrm{\Pi}}_{F}$ is the generalized projection from *E* onto $F:={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{2}\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$.

In 1967, Bregman [1] discovered an elegant and effective technique for using the so-called *Bregman distance function* ${D}_{f}(\cdot ,\cdot )$ in the process of designing and analyzing feasibility and optimization algorithms. Using Bregman’s distance function and its properties, authors have opened a growing area of research not only for iterative algorithms of solving feasibility and optimization problems but also for algorithms of solving nonlinear, equilibrium, variational inequality, fixed point problems and others (see, *e.g.*, [19–25] and the references therein).

*E*as follows:

where ${\{{\lambda}_{n}^{i}\}}_{i=1}^{N}\subset (0,\mathrm{\infty})$, ${\{{e}_{n}^{i}\}}_{i=1}^{N}$ are error sequences in *E* with ${e}_{n}^{i}\to 0$ and ${P}_{C}^{f}$ is the Bregman projection with respect to *f* from *E* onto a closed and convex subset *C* of *E*. Those authors showed that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ defined by (1.10) converges strongly to a common element in ${\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}{A}^{-1}({0}^{\ast})={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}VI(E,{A}_{i})$ under some mild conditions. Similar results are also available in [26, 27].

**Remark 1.2** But it is worth mentioning that the iteration processes (1.8)-(1.10) seem difficult in the sense that at each stage of iteration, the set(s) ${C}_{n}$ and (or) ${Q}_{n}$ is (are) computed and the next iterate is taken as the Bregman projection of ${x}_{0}$ onto the intersection of ${C}_{n}$ and ${Q}_{n}$ (or ${Q}_{n}$). This seems difficult to do in applications.

It is our purpose in this paper to introduce an iterative scheme $\{{x}_{n}\}$ which converges strongly to a common solution of a finite family of variational inequality problems for monotone mappings in real reflexive Banach spaces. Our scheme does not involve computations of ${C}_{n}$ or ${Q}_{n}$ for each $n\ge 1$. Furthermore, we apply our convergence theorem to a convex minimization problem. Our theorems extend and unify most of the results that have been proved for this important class of nonlinear operators.

## 2 Preliminaries

Let $x\in int(domf)$. The subdifferential of *f* at *x* is the convex set defined by $\partial f(x)=\{{x}^{\ast}\in {E}^{\ast}:f(x)+\u3008{x}^{\ast},y-x\u3009\le f(y),\mathrm{\forall}y\in E\}$, where the *Fenchel conjugate* of *f* is the function ${f}^{\ast}:{E}^{\ast}\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$ defined by ${f}^{\ast}({x}^{\ast})=sup\{\u3008{x}^{\ast},x\u3009-f(x):x\in E\}$.

*f*is said to be:

- (i)
*Essentially smooth*if*∂f*is both locally bounded and single-valued on its domain. - (ii)
*Essentially strictly convex*if ${(\partial f)}^{-1}$ is locally bounded on its domain and*f*is strictly convex on every convex subset of dom*f*. - (iii)
*Legendre*if it is both essentially smooth and essentially strictly convex.

- (i)
*f*is essentially smooth if and only if ${f}^{\ast}$ is essentially strictly convex (see [19], Theorem 5.4). - (ii)
${(\partial f)}^{-1}=\partial {f}^{\ast}$ (see [28]).

- (iii)
*f*is Legendre if and only if ${f}^{\ast}$ is Legendre (see [19], Corollary 5.5). - (iv)
If

*f*is Legendre, then ∇*f*is a bijection satisfying $\mathrm{\nabla}f={(\mathrm{\nabla}{f}^{\ast})}^{-1}$, $ran\mathrm{\nabla}f=dom\mathrm{\nabla}{f}^{\ast}=int(dom{f}^{\ast})$ and $ran\mathrm{\nabla}{f}^{\ast}=dom\mathrm{\nabla}f=int(domf)$ (see [19], Theorem 5.10).

When the subdifferential of *f* is single-valued, then $\partial f=\mathrm{\nabla}f$ (see [29]).

A function *f* on *E* is *coercive* [30] if the sublevel set of *f* is bounded; equivalently, ${lim}_{\parallel x\parallel \to \mathrm{\infty}}f(x)=\mathrm{\infty}$.

*modulus of total convexity*of

*f*at

*x*∈ dom

*f*is the function ${\nu}_{f}(x,\cdot ):[0,+\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,+\mathrm{\infty}]$ defined by

*f*is called

*totally convex*at

*x*if ${\nu}_{f}(x,t)>0$, whenever $t>0$. The function

*f*is called totally convex if it is totally convex at any point $x\in int(domf)$ and it is said to be totally convex on bounded sets if ${\nu}_{f}(B,t)>0$ for any nonempty bounded subset

*B*of

*E*and $t>0$, where the modulus of total convexity of the function

*f*on the set

*B*is the function ${\nu}_{f}:int(domf)\times [0,+\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,+\mathrm{\infty}]$ defined by

We know that *f* is totally convex on bounded sets if and only if *f* is uniformly convex on bounded sets (see [22], Theorem 2.10). The following lemmas will be useful in the proof of our main result.

**Lemma 2.1** [31]

*The function*$f:E\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$

*is totally convex on bounded subsets of*

*E*

*if and only if for any two sequences*$\{{x}_{n}\}$

*and*$\{{y}_{n}\}$

*in*$int(domf)$

*and*dom

*f*,

*respectively*,

*such that the first one is bounded*,

**Lemma 2.2** [22]

*Let*

*C*

*be a nonempty*,

*closed and convex subset of*

*E*.

*Let*$f:E\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$

*be a Gâteaux differentiable and totally convex function*,

*and let*$x\in E$.

*Then*:

- (i)
$z={P}_{C}^{f}(x)$

*if and only if*$\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(x)-\mathrm{\nabla}f(z),y-z\u3009\le 0$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in C$. - (ii)
${D}_{f}(y,{P}_{C}^{f}(x))+{D}_{f}({P}_{C}^{f}(x),x)\le {D}_{f}(y,x)$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in C$.

**Lemma 2.3** [29]

*Let*$f:E\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$

*be a proper*,

*lower semi*-

*continuous and convex function*,

*then*${f}^{\ast}:{E}^{\ast}\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$

*is a proper*,

*weak*

^{∗}

*lower semicontinuous and convex function*.

*Thus*,

*for all*$z\in E$,

*we have*

**Lemma 2.4** [32]

*Let* $f:E\to \mathbb{R}$ *be Gâteaux differentiable on* $int(domf)$ *such that* $\mathrm{\nabla}{f}^{\ast}$ *is bounded on bounded subsets of* $dom{f}^{\ast}$. *Let* ${x}^{\ast}\in X$ *and* $\{{x}_{n}\}\subset E$. *If* $\{{D}_{f}(x,{x}_{n})\}$ *is bounded*, *so is the sequence* $\{{x}_{n}\}$.

*f*, which is defined by

$\mathrm{\forall}x\in E$ and ${x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}\in {E}^{\ast}$ (see [34]).

**Lemma 2.5** [35]

*Let*$\{{a}_{n}\}$

*be a sequence of nonnegative real numbers satisfying the following relation*:

*where* $\{{\alpha}_{n}\}\subset (0,1)$ *and* $\{{\delta}_{n}\}\subset \mathbb{R}$ *satisfy the following conditions*: ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=0$, ${\sum}_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=\mathrm{\infty}$, *and* ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\delta}_{n}\le 0$. *Then* ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{a}_{n}=0$.

**Lemma 2.6** [4]

*Let*$\{{a}_{n}\}$

*be a sequence of real numbers such that there exists a subsequence*$\{{n}_{i}\}$

*of*$\{n\}$

*such that*${a}_{{n}_{i}}<{a}_{{n}_{i}+1}$

*for all*$i\in \mathbb{N}$.

*Then there exists an increasing sequence*$\{{m}_{k}\}\subset \mathbb{N}$

*such that*${m}_{k}\to \mathrm{\infty}$

*and the following properties are satisfied by all*(

*sufficiently large*)

*numbers*$k\in \mathbb{N}$:

*In fact*, ${m}_{k}$ *is the largest number* *n* *in the set* $\{1,2,\dots ,k\}$ *such that the condition* ${a}_{n}\le {a}_{n+1}$ *holds*.

Following the agreement in [26], we have the following lemma.

**Lemma 2.7**

*Let*$f:E\to (-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty}]$

*be a coercive Legendre function and*

*C*

*be a nonempty*,

*closed and convex subset of*

*E*.

*Let*$A:C\to {E}^{\ast}$

*be a continuous monotone mapping*.

*For*$r>0$

*and*$x\in E$,

*define the mapping*${F}_{r}:E\to C$

*as follows*:

*for all*$x\in E$.

*Then the following hold*:

- (1)
${F}_{r}$

*is single*-*valued*; - (2)
$F({F}_{r})=\mathit{VI}(C,A)$;

- (3)
$\varphi (p,{F}_{r}x)+\varphi ({F}_{r}x,x)\le \varphi (p,x)$

*for*$p\in F({F}_{r})$; - (4)
$\mathit{VI}(C,A)$

*is closed and convex*.

## 3 Main result

*C*be a nonempty, closed and convex subset of

*E*. Let ${A}_{i}:C\to {E}^{\ast}$, for $i=1,2,\dots ,N$, be continuous monotone mappings. For $r>0$, define ${T}_{i,r}x:=\{z\in C:\u3008{A}_{i}z,y-z\u3009+\frac{1}{r}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(z)-\mathrm{\nabla}f(x),y-z\u3009\ge 0,\mathrm{\forall}y\in C\}$ for all $x\in E$ and $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$, where

*f*is a Legendre and convex function from

*E*into $(-\mathrm{\infty},+\mathrm{\infty})$. Then, in what follows, we shall study the following iteration process:

where $\{{\alpha}_{n}\}\subset (0,1)$ satisfies ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=0$ and ${\sum}_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}=\mathrm{\infty}$, and $\{{r}_{n}\}\subset [{c}_{1},\mathrm{\infty})$ for some ${c}_{1}>0$.

**Theorem 3.1** *Let* $f:E\to \mathbb{R}$ *be a strongly coercive Legendre function which is bounded*, *uniformly Fréchet differentiable and totally convex on bounded subsets of* *E*. *Let* *C* *be a nonempty*, *closed and convex subset of* $int(domf)$ *and* ${A}_{i}:C\to {E}^{\ast}$, *for* $i=1,2,\dots ,N$, *be a finite family of continuous monotone mappings with* $\mathcal{F}:={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. *Let* ${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$ *be a sequence defined by* (3.1). *Then* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges strongly to* ${x}^{\ast}={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}(u)$.

*Proof*By Lemma 2.7 we have that each $\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})$ for each $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$ and hence ℱ are closed and convex. Thus, we can take ${x}^{\ast}:={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}u$. Let ${u}_{n,1}={T}_{1,{r}_{n}}{x}_{n},{u}_{n,2}={T}_{2,{r}_{n}}{u}_{n,1},\dots ,{u}_{n,N-1}={T}_{N-1,{r}_{n}}{u}_{n,N-2}$ and ${u}_{n,N}={T}_{N,{r}_{n}}{u}_{n,N-1}={w}_{n}$. Then, from (3.1), Lemmas 2.2, 2.3 and the property of

*ϕ*, we get that

Now, we consider two possible cases.

Since $\{{z}_{n}\}$ is bounded and *E* is reflexive, we choose a subsequence $\{{z}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ of $\{{z}_{n}\}$ such that ${z}_{{n}_{k}}\rightharpoonup z$ and ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(u)-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}^{\ast}),{z}_{n}-{x}^{\ast}\u3009={lim}_{k\to \mathrm{\infty}}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(u)-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}^{\ast}),{z}_{{n}_{k}}-{x}^{\ast}\u3009$. Then, from (3.5) and (3.4), we get that ${u}_{{n}_{k},i}\rightharpoonup z$ for each $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$.

*f*is uniformly Fréchet differentiable and bounded, we have that ∇

*f*is uniformly continuous (see [36]). Thus, from (3.4) and the uniform continuity of ∇

*f*, we obtain that

*A*is monotone, we also have that $\u3008{A}_{i}{v}_{t}-{A}_{i}{u}_{{n}_{k},i},{v}_{t}-{u}_{{n}_{k},i}\u3009\ge 0$. Thus, it follows that

This implies that $z\in \mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})$ for all $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$.

Therefore, we obtain that $z\in {\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})$. Thus, by Lemma 2.2, we immediately obtain that ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(u)-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}^{\ast}),{z}_{n}-{x}^{\ast}\u3009=\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(u)-\mathrm{\nabla}f({x}^{\ast}),z-{x}^{\ast}\u3009\le 0$. It follows from Lemma 2.5 and (3.3) that ${D}_{f}({x}^{\ast},{x}_{n})\to 0$ as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$. Consequently, ${x}_{n}\to {x}^{\ast}$.

It follows from (3.7) that ${D}_{f}({x}^{\ast},{x}_{{m}_{k}})\to 0$ as $k\to \mathrm{\infty}$. This together with (3.8) implies that ${D}_{f}({x}^{\ast},{x}_{{m}_{k}+1})\to 0$. Therefore, since ${D}_{f}({x}^{\ast},{x}_{k})\le {D}_{f}({x}^{\ast},{x}_{{m}_{k}+1})$ for all $k\in \mathbb{N}$, we conclude that ${x}_{k}\to {x}^{\ast}$ as $k\to \mathrm{\infty}$. Hence, both cases imply that $\{{x}_{n}\}$ converges strongly to ${x}^{\ast}={P}_{F}^{f}u$ and the proof is complete. □

If in Theorem 3.1 $N=1$, then we get the following corollary.

**Corollary 3.2**

*Let*$f:E\to \mathbb{R}$

*be a strongly coercive Legendre function which is bounded*,

*uniformly Fréchet differentiable and totally convex on bounded subsets of*

*E*.

*Let*

*C*

*be a nonempty*,

*closed and convex subset of*$int(domf)$,

*and let*$A:C\to {E}^{\ast}$

*be a continuous monotone mapping with*$\mathit{VI}(C,A)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$.

*Let*${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$

*be a sequence defined by*(3.1),

*where* ${T}_{\gamma}x:=\{z\in C:\u3008Az,y-z\u3009+\frac{1}{\gamma}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(z)-\mathrm{\nabla}f(x),y-z\u3009\ge 0,\mathrm{\forall}y\in C\}$ *for all* $x\in E$; ${\alpha}_{n}\in (0,1)$ *satisfies* ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=0$ *and* ${\sum}_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=\mathrm{\infty}$ *and* $\{{r}_{n}\}\subset [{c}_{1},\mathrm{\infty})$ *for some* ${c}_{1}>0$. *Then the sequence* ${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$ *converges strongly to a point* ${x}^{\ast}={P}_{\mathit{VI}(C,A)}(u)$.

If $C=E$, then $\mathit{VI}(C,A)={A}^{-1}(0)$ and hence the following corollary holds.

**Corollary 3.3** *Let* $f:E\to \mathbb{R}$ *be a strongly coercive Legendre function which is bounded*, *uniformly Fréchet differentiable and totally convex on bounded subsets of* *E*. *Let* ${A}_{i}:E\to {E}^{\ast}$, *for* $i=1,2,\dots ,N$, *be a finite family of continuous monotone mappings*. *Let* $\mathcal{F}:={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}{A}^{-1}(0)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. *Let* ${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$ *be a sequence defined by* (3.1). *Then* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges strongly to* ${x}^{\ast}={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}(u)$.

If in Theorem 3.1 we assume $u=0$, then the scheme converges strongly to the common minimum-norm zero of a finite family of continuous monotone mappings. In fact, we have the following corollary.

**Corollary 3.4** *Let* $f:E\to \mathbb{R}$ *be a strongly coercive Legendre function which is bounded*, *uniformly Fréchet differentiable and totally convex on bounded subsets of* *E*. *Let* *C* *be a nonempty*, *closed and convex subset of* $int(domf)$, *and let* ${A}_{i}:C\to {E}^{\ast}$, *for* $i=1,2,\dots ,N$, *be a finite family of continuous monotone mappings with* $\mathcal{F}:={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}\mathit{VI}(C,{A}_{i})\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. *Let* ${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$ *be a sequence defined by* (3.1) *with* $u=0$. *Then* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges strongly to* ${x}^{\ast}={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}(0)$, *which is the common minimum*-*norm* (*with respect to the Bregman distance*) *solution of the variational inequalities*.

## 4 Application

In this section, we study the problem of finding a minimizer of a continuously Fréchet differentiable convex functional in Banach spaces.

Let ${g}_{i}$, for $i=1,2,\dots ,N$, be continuously Fréchet differentiable convex functionals such that the gradients of ${g}_{i}$, $(\mathrm{\nabla}{g}_{i}){|}_{C}$ are continuous and monotone. For $r>0$, let ${K}_{i,r}x:=\{z\in C:\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}{g}_{i}(z),y-z\u3009+\frac{1}{r}\u3008\mathrm{\nabla}f(z)-\mathrm{\nabla}f(x),y-z\u3009\ge 0,\mathrm{\forall}y\in C\}$ for all $x\in E$ and for each $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$. Then the following theorem holds.

**Theorem 4.1**

*Let*$f:E\to \mathbb{R}$

*be a strongly coercive Legendre function which is bounded*,

*uniformly Fréchet differentiable and totally convex on bounded subsets of*

*E*.

*Let*${g}_{i}$, $i=1,2,\dots ,N$,

*be continuously Fréchet differentiable convex functionals such that the gradients of*${g}_{i}$, $(\mathrm{\nabla}{g}_{i}){|}_{C}$

*are continuous*,

*monotone and*$\mathcal{F}:={\bigcap}_{i=1}^{N}arg{min}_{y\in C}{g}_{i}(y)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$,

*where*$arg{min}_{y\in C}{g}_{i}(y):=\{z\in C:{g}_{i}(z)={min}_{y\in C}{g}_{i}(y)\}$.

*Let*${\{{x}_{n}\}}_{n\ge 0}$

*be a sequence defined by*

*where* ${\alpha}_{n}\in (0,1)$ *satisfies* ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=0$ *and* ${\sum}_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\alpha}_{n}=\mathrm{\infty}$ *and* $\{{r}_{n}\}\subset [{c}_{1},\mathrm{\infty})$ *for some* ${c}_{1}>0$. *Then the sequence* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges strongly to* $p={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}(u)$.

*Proof* We note that from the convexity and Fréchet differentiability of *f*, we have $\mathit{VI}(C,(\mathrm{\nabla}{g}_{i}){|}_{C})=arg{min}_{y\in C}{g}_{i}(y)$ for each $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,N\}$. Thus, by Theorem 3.1, $\{{x}_{n}\}$ converges strongly to $p={P}_{\mathcal{F}}^{f}(u)$. □

**Remark 4.2** Our results are new even if the convex function *f* is chosen to be $f(x)=\frac{1}{p}{\parallel x\parallel}^{p}$ ($1<p<\mathrm{\infty}$) in uniformly smooth and uniformly convex spaces.

**Remark 4.3** Our theorems extend and unify most of the results that have been proved for this important class of nonlinear operators. In particular, Theorem 3.1 extends Theorem 3.3 of [16], Theorem 3.1 of [17], Theorem 3.1 of [17] and Theorem 3.3 of [10] and Theorem 4.2 of [25] either to a more general class of continuous monotone operators or to a more general Banach space *E*. Moreover, in all our theorems and corollaries, the computation of ${C}_{n}$ or ${Q}_{n}$ for each $n\ge 1$ is not required.

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### Acknowledgements

This article was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. The first and third authors acknowledge with thanks DSR for financial support. The second author undertook this work when he was visiting the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, as a regular associate.

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