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Discussion on some coupled fixed point theorems
 Bessem Samet^{1}Email author,
 Erdal Karapınar^{2},
 Hassen Aydi^{3} and
 Vesna Ćojbas̆ić Rajić^{4}
https://doi.org/10.1186/16871812201350
© Samet et al.; licensee Springer 2013
 Received: 29 August 2012
 Accepted: 18 February 2013
 Published: 10 March 2013
Abstract
In this paper, we show that, unexpectedly, most of the coupled fixed point theorems (on ordered metric spaces) are in fact immediate consequences of wellknown fixed point theorems in the literature.
MSC: 47H10, 54H25.
Keywords
 coupled fixed point
 fixed point
 ordered set
 metric space
1 Introduction
In recent years, there has been recent interest in establishing fixed point theorems on ordered metric spaces with a contractivity condition which holds for all points that are related by partial ordering.
In [1], Ran and Reurings established the following fixed point theorem that extends the Banach contraction principle to the setting of ordered metric spaces.
Theorem 1.1 (Ran and Reurings [1])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
T is continuous nondecreasing (with respect to ⪯);
 (iii)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (iv)there exists a constant $k\in (0,1)$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le kd(x,y).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
Nieto and López [2] extended the above result for a mapping T not necessarily continuous by assuming an additional hypothesis on $(X,\u2aaf,d)$.
Theorem 1.2 (Nieto and López [2])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n;
 (iii)
T is nondecreasing;
 (iv)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (v)there exists a constant $k\in (0,1)$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le kd(x,y).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
Theorems 1.1 and 1.2 are extended and generalized by many authors. Before presenting some of theses results, we need to introduce some functional sets.
Denote by Φ the set of functions $\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ satisfying the following conditions:
(${\mathrm{\Phi}}_{1}$) φ is continuous nondecreasing;
(${\mathrm{\Phi}}_{2}$) ${\phi}^{1}(\{0\})=\{0\}$.
Denote by Ψ the set of functions $\psi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ satisfying the following conditions:
(${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{1}$) $\psi (t)<t$ for all $t>0$;
(${\mathrm{\Psi}}_{2}$) ${lim}_{r\to {t}^{+}}\psi (r)<t$.
In [3], Harjani and Sadarangani established the following results.
Theorem 1.3 (Harjani and Sadarangani [3])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
T is continuous nondecreasing;
 (iii)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (iv)there exist $\phi ,\psi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$\psi (d(Tx,Ty))\le \psi (d(x,y))\phi (d(x,y)).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
Theorem 1.4 (Harjani and Sadarangani [3])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n;
 (iii)
T is nondecreasing;
 (iv)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (v)there exist $\phi ,\psi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$\psi (d(Tx,Ty))\le \psi (d(x,y))\phi (d(x,y)).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
In [4], AminiHarandi and Emami established the following results.
Theorem 1.5 (AminiHarandi and Emami [4])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
T is continuous nondecreasing;
 (iii)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (iv)there exists $\beta \in \mathcal{S}$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le \beta (d(x,y))d(x,y).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
Theorem 1.6 (AminiHarandi and Emami [4])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n;
 (iii)
T is nondecreasing;
 (iv)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (v)there exists $\beta \in \mathcal{S}$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le \beta (d(x,y))d(x,y).$
Then T has a fixed point. Moreover, if for all $(x,y)\in X\times X$ there exists a $z\in X$ such that $x\u2aafz$ and $y\u2aafz$, we obtain uniqueness of the fixed point.
Remark 1.1 Jachymski [5] established that Theorem 1.5 (resp. Theorem 1.6) follows from Theorem 1.3 (resp. Theorem 1.4).
Remark 1.2 Theorems 1.3 and 1.4 hold if $\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ satisfies only the following conditions: φ is lower semicontinuous and ${\phi}^{1}(\{0\})=\{0\}$ (see, for example, [6]).
The following results are special cases of Theorem 2.2 in [7].
Theorem 1.7 (Ćirić et al. [7])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
T is continuous nondecreasing;
 (iii)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (iv)there exists a continuous function $\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ with $\phi (t)<t$ for all $t>0$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le \phi (d(x,y)).$
Then T has a fixed point.
Theorem 1.8 (Ćirić et al. [7])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n;
 (iii)
T is nondecreasing;
 (iv)
there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafT{x}_{0}$;
 (v)there exists a continuous function $\phi :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$ with $\phi (t)<t$ for all $t>0$ such that for all $x,y\in X$ with $x\u2ab0y$,$d(Tx,Ty)\le \phi (d(x,y)).$
Then T has a fixed point.
Remark 1.3 Theorems 1.7 and 1.8 hold if we suppose that $\phi \in \mathrm{\Psi}$ (see, for example, [8]).
In [9], Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham established some coupled fixed point theorems on ordered metric spaces and applied the obtained results to the study of existence and uniqueness of solutions to a class of periodic boundary value problems. The obtained results in [9] have been extended and generalized by many authors (see, for example, [8, 10–23]).
In this paper, we will prove that most of the coupled fixed point theorems are in fact immediate consequences of wellknown fixed point theorems in the literature.
2 Main results
for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$, are metrics on Y.
It is easy to show the following.
 (a)
$(X,d)$ is complete if and only if $(Y,\eta )$ and $(Y,\delta )$ are complete;
 (b)
F has the mixed monotone property if and only if T is monotone nondecreasing with respect to ⪯_{2};
 (c)
$(x,y)\in X\times X$ is a coupled fixed point of F if and only if $(x,y)$ is a fixed point of T.
2.1 Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham’s coupled fixed point results
We present the obtained results in [9] in the following theorem.
Theorem 2.1 (see Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [9])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exists a constant $k\in (0,1)$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$d(F(x,y),F(u,v))\le \frac{k}{2}[d(x,u)+d(y,v)].$
Then F has a coupled fixed point $({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in X\times X$. Moreover, if for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ there exists $({z}_{1},{z}_{2})\in X\times X$ such that $(x,y){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and $(u,v){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$, we have uniqueness of the coupled fixed point and ${x}^{\ast}={y}^{\ast}$.
We will prove the following result.
Theorem 2.2 Theorem 2.1 follows from Theorems 1.1 and 1.2.
for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$ with $(x,y){\u2ab0}_{2}(u,v)$. From Lemma 2.1, since $(X,d)$ is complete, $(Y,\eta )$ is also complete. Since F has the mixed monotone property, T is a nondecreasing mapping with respect to ⪯_{2}. From (iv), we have $({x}_{0},{y}_{0}){\u2aaf}_{2}T({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$. Now, if F is continuous, then T is continuous. In this case, applying Theorem 1.1, we get that T has a fixed point, which implies from Lemma 2.1 that F has a coupled fixed point. If conditions (${X}_{1}$) and (${X}_{2}$) are satisfied, then Y satisfies the following property: if a nondecreasing (with respect to ⪯_{2}) sequence $\{{u}_{n}\}$ in Y converges to some point $u\in Y$, then ${u}_{n}{\u2aaf}_{2}u$ for all n. Applying Theorem 1.2, we get that T has a fixed point, which implies that F has a coupled fixed point. If, in addition, we suppose that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ there exists $({z}_{1},{z}_{2})\in X\times X$ such that $(x,y){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and $(u,v){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$, from the last part of Theorems 1.1 and 1.2, we obtain the uniqueness of the fixed point of T, which implies the uniqueness of the coupled fixed point of F. Now, let $({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in X\times X$ be a unique coupled fixed point of F. Since $({y}^{\ast},{x}^{\ast})$ is also a coupled fixed point of F, we get ${x}^{\ast}={y}^{\ast}$. □
2.2 Harjani, López and Sadarangani’s coupled fixed point results
We present the results obtained in [16] in the following theorem.
Theorem 2.3 (see Harjani et al. [16])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exist $\psi ,\phi \in \mathrm{\Phi}$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$\psi \left(d(F(x,y),F(u,v))\right)\le \psi (max\{d(x,u),d(y,v)\})\phi (max\{d(x,u),d(y,v)\}).$
Then F has a coupled fixed point $({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in X\times X$. Moreover, if for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ there exists $({z}_{1},{z}_{2})\in X\times X$ such that $(x,y){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and $(u,v){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$, we have uniqueness of the coupled fixed point and ${x}^{\ast}={y}^{\ast}$.
We will prove the following result.
Theorem 2.4 Theorem 2.3 follows from Theorems 1.3 and 1.4.
for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$ with $(x,y){\u2ab0}_{2}(u,v)$. Thus we proved that the mapping T satisfies the condition (iv) (resp. (v)) of Theorem 1.3 (resp. Theorem 1.4). The rest of the proof is similar to the above proof. □
2.3 Lakshmikantham and Ćirić’s coupled fixed point results
In [8], putting $g={i}_{X}$ (the identity mapping), we obtain the following result.
Theorem 2.5 (see Lakshmikantham and Ćirić’s [8])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exists $\phi \in \mathrm{\Psi}$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$d(F(x,y),F(u,v))\le \phi \left(\frac{d(x,u)+d(y,v)}{2}\right).$
Then F has a coupled fixed point.
We will prove the following result.
Theorem 2.6 Theorem 2.5 follows from Theorems 1.7 and 1.8.
Thus we proved that the mapping T satisfies the condition (iv) (resp. (v)) of Theorem 1.7 (resp. Theorem 1.8). Then T has a fixed point, which implies that F has a coupled fixed point. □
2.4 Luong and Thuan’s coupled fixed point results
Luong and Thuan [18] presented a coupled fixed point result involving an ICS mapping.
Definition 2.2 Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space. A mapping $S:X\to X$ is said to be ICS if S is injective, continuous and has the property: for every sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X, if $\{S{x}_{n}\}$ is convergent, then $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is also convergent.
We have the following result.
is a metric on X. Moreover, if $(X,d)$ is complete, then $(X,{d}_{S})$ is also complete.
Proof Let us prove that ${d}_{S}$ is a metric on X. Let $x,y\in X$ such that ${d}_{S}(x,y)=0$. This implies that $Sx=Sy$. Since S is injective, we obtain that $x=y$. Other properties of the metric can be easily checked. Now, suppose that $(X,d)$ is complete and let $\{{x}_{n}\}$ be a Cauchy sequence in the metric space $(X,{d}_{S})$. This implies that $\{S{x}_{n}\}$ is Cauchy in $(X,d)$. Since $(X,d)$ is complete, $\{S{x}_{n}\}$ is convergent in $(X,d)$ to some point $y\in X$. Since S is an ICS mapping, $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is also convergent in $(X,d)$ to some point $x\in X$. On the other hand, the continuity of S implies the convergence of $\{S{x}_{n}\}$ in $(X,d)$ to Sx. By the uniqueness of the limit in $(X,d)$, we get that $y=Sx$, which implies that ${d}_{S}({x}_{n},x)\u27f60$ as $n\u27f6\mathrm{\infty}$. Thus $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is a convergent sequence in $(X,{d}_{S})$. This proves that $(X,{d}_{S})$ is complete. □
The obtained result in [18] is the following.
Theorem 2.7 (see Luong and Thuan [18])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exists $\psi \in \mathrm{\Psi}$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$d(SF(x,y),SF(u,v))\le \frac{1}{2}\psi (d(Sx,Su)+d(Sy,Sv)).$
Then F has a coupled fixed point.
We will prove the following result.
Theorem 2.8 Theorem 2.7 follows from Theorems 1.7 and 1.8.
Thus we proved that the mapping T satisfies the condition (iv) (resp. (v)) of Theorem 1.7 (resp. Theorem 1.8). Then T has a fixed point, which implies that F has a coupled fixed point. □
2.5 Berind’s coupled fixed point results
The following result was established in [11].
Theorem 2.9 (see Berinde [11])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exists a constant $k\in (0,1)$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$d(F(x,y),F(u,v))+d(F(y,x),F(v,u))\le k[d(x,u)+d(y,v)].$
Then F has a coupled fixed point $({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in X\times X$. Moreover, if for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ there exists $({z}_{1},{z}_{2})\in X\times X$ such that $(x,y){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and $(u,v){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$, we have uniqueness of the coupled fixed point and ${x}^{\ast}={y}^{\ast}$.
We have the following result.
Theorem 2.10 Theorem 2.9 follows from Theorems 1.1 and 1.2.
for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$ with $(x,y){\u2ab0}_{2}(u,v)$. Thus we proved that the mapping T satisfies the condition (iv) (resp. (v)) of Theorem 1.1 (resp. Theorem 1.2). Then T has a fixed point, which implies that F has a coupled fixed point. The rest of the proof is similar to the above proofs. □
2.6 Rasouli and Bahrampour’s coupled fixed point results
Theorem 2.11 (see Rasouli and Bahrampour [20])
 (i)
$(X,d)$ is complete;
 (ii)
F has the mixed monotone property;
 (iii)F is continuous or X has the following properties:

(${X}_{1}$) if a nondecreasing sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $x\in X$, then ${x}_{n}\u2aafx$ for all n,

(${X}_{2}$) if a decreasing sequence $\{{y}_{n}\}$ in X converges to some point $y\in X$, then ${y}_{n}\u2ab0y$ for all n;

 (iv)
there exist ${x}_{0},{y}_{0}\in X$ such that ${x}_{0}\u2aafF({x}_{0},{y}_{0})$ and ${y}_{0}\u2ab0F({y}_{0},{x}_{0})$;
 (v)there exists $\beta \in \mathcal{S}$ such that for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ with $x\u2ab0u$ and $y\u2aafv$,$d(F(x,y),F(u,v))\le \beta (max\{d(x,u),d(y,v)\})max\{d(x,u),d(y,v)\}.$
Then F has a coupled fixed point $({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in X\times X$. Moreover, if for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in X\times X$ there exists $({z}_{1},{z}_{2})\in X\times X$ such that $(x,y){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$ and $(u,v){\u2aaf}_{2}({z}_{1},{z}_{2})$, we have uniqueness of the coupled fixed point and ${x}^{\ast}={y}^{\ast}$.
We have the following result.
Theorem 2.12 Theorem 2.11 follows from Theorems 1.5 and 1.6.
for all $(x,y),(u,v)\in Y$ with $(x,y){\u2ab0}_{2}(u,v)$. Thus we proved that the mapping T satisfies the condition (iv) (resp. (v)) of Theorem 1.5 (resp. Theorem 1.6). Then T has a fixed point, which implies that F has a coupled fixed point. The rest of the proof is similar to the above proofs. □
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Acknowledgements
This work is supported by the Research Center, College of Science, King Saud University.
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