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Multidimensional fixed point theorems for isotone mappings in partially ordered metric spaces

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present some multidimensional fixed point theorems for isotone mappings in a complete metric space endowed with a partial order. Our results include the corresponding unidimensional, coupled, tripled, and k-dimensional fixed point theorems as particular cases.

MSC:47H10, 54H25.

1 Introduction

A very recent trend in metrical fixed point theory, initiated by Ran and Reurings [1] and continued by Nieto and Rodriguez-López [2, 3], is to consider a partial order on the ambient metric space (X,d) and to transfer a part of the contractive property of the nonlinear operators into its monotonicity properties. Their results were extended in other contexts: L-spaces [4], probabilistic metric spaces [5], and metric spaces with a graph [6]. Some fixed point theorems are proved for a mixed monotone mapping in a metric space endowed with partial order, and the obtained results found important applications to the existence of solutions for matrix equations or ordinary differential equations and integral equations; see [720] and the references therein.

In 2006, Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [7] introduced the notion of coupled fixed point and proved some fixed point theorems under certain conditions. Later, Berinde and Borcut [8] introduced the concept of tripled fixed point and proved some related theorems. These results were then extended and generalized by several authors in the last years; see [920] and the references therein. Amongst these generalizations, we refer to the one obtained by Berinde [9], who considered the more general contractive condition

φ ( d ( F ( x , y ) , F ( u , v ) ) + d ( F ( y , x ) , F ( v , u ) ) 2 ) φ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) 2 ) ψ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) 2 ) ,

where φ,ψ:[0,)[0,) are functions satisfying some appropriate conditions, and xu, yv.

Currently, the authors of [2123] obtained some k-dimensional fixed point theorems for mixed monotone mappings, which extended the corresponding coupled, tripled and quadrupled fixed point theorems. In order to guarantee the existence of k-dimensional fixed points, the authors proved that more than one sequences are simultaneously Cauchy. Besides, some authors focused on obtaining some fixed point theorems for a monotone mapping in the context of ordered metric space; see [24, 25] and the references therein. In 2010, Harjani and Sadarangani [24] proved some fixed point theorems for a one-variable monotone mapping in a partially ordered metric space.

It is well known that the fixed point problems for isotone mappings are easier than that of mixed monotone mappings. So, the above results bring us to the following natural question: can we obtain some multidimensional fixed point theorems for a k-variable isotone mapping, which include the unidimensional, coupled, tripled, and k-dimensional fixed point theorems as particular cases?

Motivated and inspired by the above results, we establish some fixed point theorems for a k-variable isotone mapping, which include the unidimensional, coupled, tripled, and k-dimensional fixed point theorems as particular cases. Moreover, we show that some control conditions in the recent corresponding literature are not necessary.

2 Preliminaries

In order to fix the framework needed to state our main results, we recall the following notions. For simplicity, we denote from now on X × X X × X k by X k , where kN and X is a non-empty set. If elements x, y of a partially ordered set (X,) are comparable (i.e. xy or yx holds), we will write xy. Let {A,B} be a partition of the set Λ k ={1,2,,k}, that is, AB= Λ k and AB=, Ω A , B ={σ: Λ k Λ k :σ(A)A and σ(B)B} and Ω A , B ={σ: Λ k Λ k :σ(A)B and σ(B)A}. Henceforth, let σ 1 , σ 2 ,, σ k be k mappings from Λ k into itself, and let ϒ be the k-tuple ( σ 1 , σ 2 ,, σ k ).

Definition 2.1 ([12])

Let (R,) be a partially ordered set and d be a metric on R. We say that (R,d,) is regular if the following conditions hold:

  1. (i)

    if a non-decreasing sequence { x n } is such that x n x, then x n x for all n,

  2. (ii)

    if a non-increasing sequence { y n } is such that y n y, then y n y for all n.

Definition 2.2 (Altering distance function [26])

A function ψ:[0,+)[0,+) is called an altering distance function if the following properties are satisfied:

  1. (i)

    ψ is continuous and non-decreasing,

  2. (ii)

    ψ(t)=0 if and only if t=0.

Definition 2.3 ([7])

Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and F: X 2 X. We say F has the mixed monotone property if F is monotone non-decreasing in its first argument and is monotone non-increasing in its second argument, that is, for any x,yX,

x 1 , x 2 X, x 1 x 2 impliesF( x 1 ,y)F( x 2 ,y)

and

y 1 , y 2 X, y 1 y 2 impliesF(x, y 1 )F(x, y 2 ).

Definition 2.4 ([8])

Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and F: X 3 X. We say that F has the mixed monotone property if F(x,y,z) is monotone non-decreasing in x, it is monotone non-increasing in y and is monotone non-decreasing in z, that is, for any x,y,zX,

x 1 , x 2 X , x 1 x 2 F ( x 1 , y , z ) F ( x 2 , y , z ) , y 1 , y 2 X , y 1 y 2 F ( x , y 1 , z ) F ( x , y 2 , z )

and

z 1 , z 2 X, z 1 z 2 F(x,y, z 1 )F(x,y, z 2 ).

Definition 2.5 ([22])

Let (X,) be a partially ordered space. We say that F has the mixed g-monotone property if F is monotone non-decreasing in arguments of A and monotone non-increasing in arguments of B, i.e., for all x 1 , x 2 ,, x n ,y,zX and all i

yzF( x 1 ,, x i 1 ,y, x i + 1 ,, x n ) i F( x 1 ,, x i 1 ,z, x i + 1 ,, x n ).

Definition 2.6 Let F: X k X be a mapping. A point ( x 1 , x 2 ,, x k ) X k is:

  1. (i)

    a coupled fixed point [7] if k=2, F( x 1 , x 2 )= x 1 and F( x 2 , x 1 )= x 2 ;

  2. (ii)

    a tripled fixed point [8] if k=3, F( x 1 , x 2 , x 3 )= x 1 , F( x 2 , x 1 , x 2 )= x 2 and F( x 3 , x 2 , x 1 )= x 3 ;

  3. (iii)

    a ϒ-fixed point [23] of F if F( x σ i ( 1 ) , x σ i ( 2 ) ,, x σ i ( k ) )= x i for i Λ k .

Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and d be a metric on X such that (X,d) is a metric space. We use the next notation from [22]:

x i y { x y , if  i A , x y , if  i B .

The product space X k is endowed with the following natural partial order: for ( y 1 , y 2 ,, y i ,, y k ),( v 1 , v 2 ,, v i ,, v k ) X k ,

( y 1 , y 2 ,, y i ,, y k )( v 1 , v 2 ,, v i ,, v k ) y i i v i ,
(2.1)

which will be denoted in the sequel, for convenience, by ≤, also. Obviously, ( X k ,) is a partially ordered set. In particular, we denote by A the odd numbers in Λ k and by B its even numbers if k=2 or 3. The mapping ρ k : X k × X k [0,+), given by

ρ k (Y,V)= 1 k [ d ( y 1 , v 1 ) + d ( y 2 , v 2 ) + + d ( y k , v k ) ] ,
(2.2)

where Y=( y 1 , y 2 ,, y k ),V=( v 1 , v 2 ,, v k ) X k , defines a metric on X k . It is easy to see that

ρ k ( Y n ,Y)0(as n)d ( y i n , y i ) 0(as n),i=1,2,,k,
(2.3)

where Y n =( y 1 n , y 2 n ,, y k n ),Y=( y 1 , y 2 ,, y k ) X k .

Let Φ denote the set of all continuous and strictly increasing functions φ:[0,)[0,), and Ψ denote the set of all functions ψ:[0,)[0,) such that lim t r ψ(t)>0 for all r>0.

Inspired by Definitions 2.3-2.6, we give Definitions 2.7 and 2.9.

Definition 2.7 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and T be a self-mapping on X k . It is said that T is an isotone property if, for any Y 1 , Y 2 X k ,

Y 1 Y 2 T( Y 1 )T( Y 2 ).

Remark 2.8 Note that if k=1 in Definition 2.7, then T is a non-decreasing mapping (see [2]).

Definition 2.9 An element Y X k is called a fixed point of the mapping T: X k X k if T(Y)=Y.

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

Lemma 2.10 ([27])

Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and d be a metric on X. If (X,,d) is regular, then ( X k ,, ρ k ) is regular.

3 Main results

Now, we state and prove our main results.

Theorem 3.1 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let T: X k X k be an isotone mapping for which there exist φΦ and ψΨ such that, for all Y,V X k with YV,

φ ( ρ k ( T ( Y ) , T ( V ) ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Y , V ) ) ψ ( ρ k ( Y , V ) ) ,
(3.1)

where ρ k is defined by (2.2). Suppose either

  1. (a)

    T is continuous or

  2. (b)

    (X,,d) is regular.

If there exists Z 0 X k such that Z 0 T( Z 0 ), then T has a fixed point.

Proof Consider the Picard iteration associated to T and the initial approximation Z 0 , that is, the sequence { Z n } X k defined by Z n + 1 =T( Z n ) for n0. Obviously, if Z n 0 + 1 = Z n 0 for some n 0 0, then Z n 0 is a fixed point of T. So, we may assume that Z n + 1 Z n for every n0.

Since Z 0 T( Z 0 ), without loss of generality, we assume that Z 0 T( Z 0 ) (the case Z 0 T( Z 0 ) is treated similarly), that is, Z 0 Z 1 . Since T is an isotone mapping, we see that the sequence { Z n } n = 0 is non-decreasing. Taking Y= Z n and V= Z n 1 in (3.1), we obtain

φ ( ρ k ( Z n + 1 , Z n ) ) = φ ( ρ k ( T ( Z n ) , T ( Z n 1 ) ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z n 1 ) ) ψ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z n 1 ) ) , n 1 .
(3.2)

In view of the fact that ψ0,

φ ( ρ k ( Z n + 1 , Z n ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z n 1 ) ) ,n1.

Since φ is strictly increasing, we have

ρ k ( Z n + 1 , Z n ) ρ k ( Z n , Z n 1 ),n1.

Hence, the sequence { δ n } n = 0 given by δ n = ρ k ( Z n + 1 , Z n ) is monotone decreasing and bounded below. Therefore, there exists some δ0 such that lim n δ n =δ. We shall prove that δ=0. Assume that δ>0. Then by letting n in (3.2) and using the properties of φ and ψ, we have

φ(δ)φ(δ) lim n ψ( δ n 1 )=φ(δ) lim δ n 1 δ ψ( δ n 1 )<φ(δ),

which is a contradiction. Thus,

lim n δ n =0.
(3.3)

We claim that { Z n } is a Cauchy sequence. Indeed, if not, then there would exist an ϵ>0 and subsequences { Z m ( t ) } and { Z n ( t ) } of { Z n } such that n(t) is the minimal in the sense that n(t)>m(t)t and ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z n ( t ) )>ϵ. Therefore, ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z n ( t ) 1 )ϵ.

Using the triangle inequality, we obtain

ϵ < ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z n ( t ) ) ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z m ( t ) 1 ) + ρ k ( Z m ( t ) 1 , Z n ( t ) 1 ) + ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z n ( t ) ) ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z m ( t ) 1 ) + ρ k ( Z m ( t ) 1 , Z m ( t ) ) + ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z n ( t ) 1 ) + ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z n ( t ) ) 2 ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z m ( t ) 1 ) + ϵ + ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z n ( t ) ) .

Letting t in the above inequality and using (3.3), we get

lim t ρ k ( Z m ( t ) , Z n ( t ) )= lim t ρ k ( Z m ( t ) 1 , Z n ( t ) 1 )=ϵ.
(3.4)

Since n(t)>m(t), we have Z m ( t ) 1 Z n ( t ) 1 . Hence, using (3.1) with Y= Z n ( t ) 1 and V= Z m ( t ) 1 , we obtain

φ ( ρ k ( Z n ( t ) , Z m ( t ) ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z m ( t ) 1 ) ) ψ ( ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z m ( t ) 1 ) ) .

Letting t in the above inequality and using (3.4), we have

φ(ϵ)φ(ϵ) lim t ψ( r t )=φ(ϵ) lim r t ϵ ψ( r t )<φ(ϵ),

where r t = ρ k ( Z n ( t ) 1 , Z m ( t ) 1 ), which is a contradiction. Hence, the sequence { Z n } n = 0 is a Cauchy sequence in the metric space ( X k , ρ k ). Since (X,d) is a complete metric space, by (2.2), we find that ( X k , ρ k ) is complete. Therefore, there exists Z ¯ X k such that lim n Z n = Z ¯ .

Now suppose that (a) holds. It follows from Z n + 1 =T( Z n ) that Z ¯ is a fixed point of T, that is, T( Z ¯ )= Z ¯ .

Suppose that (b) holds. Using Lemma 2.10, we find that ( X k ,, ρ k ) is regular. Thus, by { Z n } n = 0 is non-decreasing sequence that converges to Z ¯ , we have Z n Z ¯ for all n0. From (3.1) and the fact that ψ0, we obtain

φ ( ρ k ( Z n + 1 , T ( Z ¯ ) ) ) = φ ( ρ k ( T ( Z n ) , T ( Z ¯ ) ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z ¯ ) ) ψ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z ¯ ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Z n , Z ¯ ) )
(3.5)

for all n0. From (3.5) and the strict monotonicity of φ, we have

ρ k ( Z n + 1 , T ( Z ¯ ) ) ρ k ( Z n , Z ¯ ).
(3.6)

Letting n in (3.6) and using lim n Z n = Z ¯ , we get ρ k ( Z ¯ ,T( Z ¯ )) ρ k ( Z ¯ , Z ¯ )=0 and so ρ k ( Z ¯ ,T( Z ¯ ))=0, which implies Z ¯ =T( Z ¯ ). □

Taking k=1 in Theorem 3.1, we obtain the following result immediately.

Corollary 3.2 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let T:XX be a non-decreasing mapping for which there exist φΦ and ψΨ such that, for all y,vX with yv,

φ ( d ( T ( y ) , T ( v ) ) ) φ ( d ( y , v ) ) ψ ( d ( y , v ) ) .

Suppose either

  1. (a)

    T is continuous or

  2. (b)

    (X,d,) is regular.

If there exists z 0 X such that z 0 T( z 0 ), then T has a fixed point.

Remark 3.3 Corollary 3.2 includes Theorems 2.1 and 2.2 in [24] as particular cases. Note that in [24] the authors use only condition z 0 T( z 0 ), although the alternative assumption z 0 T( z 0 ) is also acceptable. In addition, the condition in [24], φ(t)=0 if and only if t=0, is not necessary in Corollary 3.2. Moreover, the control condition ψΨ is weaker than the condition in [24] (i.e., ψ is an altering distance function).

Taking k=2 and T(Y)=(F(x,y),F(y,x)) for Y=(x,y) X 2 in Theorem 3.1, we obtain the following result.

Corollary 3.4 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let F: X 2 X be a mixed monotone mapping for which there exist φΦ and ψΨ such that, for all x,y,u,vX with xu, yv,

φ ( d ( F ( x , y ) , F ( u , v ) ) + d ( F ( y , x ) , F ( v , u ) ) 2 ) φ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) 2 ) ψ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) 2 ) .
(3.7)

Suppose either

  1. (a)

    F is continuous or

  2. (b)

    (X,d,) is regular.

If there exist x 0 , y 0 X such that

x 0 F( x 0 , y 0 )and y 0 F( y 0 , x 0 )
(3.8)

or

x 0 F( x 0 , y 0 )and y 0 F( y 0 , x 0 ),
(3.9)

then there exist x ¯ , y ¯ X such that x ¯ =F( x ¯ , y ¯ ) and y ¯ =F( y ¯ , x ¯ ).

Proof Now we use the result of Theorem 3.1 (k=2) to prove Corollary 3.4. For simplicity, we denote Y=(x,y), V=(u,v), Z ˜ =( x ˜ , y ˜ ), and Z n =( x n , y n ) for all n0. The product space X 2 is endowed with the following partial order:

for Y,V X 2 ,YVxu,yv.
(3.10)

Consider the function ρ 2 : X 2 × X 2 [0,+) defined by

ρ 2 (Y,V)= 1 2 [ d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) ] ,Y,V X 2 .
(3.11)

Obviously, ( X 2 ,) and ρ 2 are two particular cases of ( X k ,) and ρ k defined by (2.1) and (2.2), respectively.

Let the operator T: X 2 X 2 be defined by

T(Y)= ( F ( x , y ) , F ( y , x ) ) ,Y X 2 .
(3.12)

Now we show that T is an isotone mapping. Suppose that Z 1 Z 2 for Z 1 , Z 2 X 2 . From (3.10), we have x 1 x 2 , y 1 y 2 . Thus, by the mixed monotonicity of F, we have

F( x 1 , y 1 )F( x 2 , y 2 )andF( y 1 , x 1 )F( y 2 , x 2 )
(3.13)

for any Z 1 Z 2 . From (3.10), (3.12), and (3.13), we have

T( Z 1 )= ( F ( x 1 , y 1 ) , F ( y 1 , x 1 ) ) ( F ( x 2 , y 2 ) , F ( y 2 , x 2 ) ) =T( Z 2 )

for any Z 1 Z 2 . Therefore, T is an isotone mapping.

From (3.11) and (3.12), we have

d ( F ( x , y ) , F ( u , v ) ) + d ( F ( y , x ) , F ( v , u ) ) 2 = ρ 2 ( T ( Y ) , T ( V ) )

and

d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) 2 = ρ 2 (Y,V)

for Y,V X 2 . Thus, by (3.7), we have φ( ρ 2 (T(Y),T(V)))φ( ρ 2 (Y,V))ψ( ρ 2 (Y,V)), YV. By (3.8)-(3.10), there exists Z 0 X 2 such that Z 0 T( Z 0 ).

Now suppose that (a) holds. It is easy to see that T is continuous. Indeed, let { Z n } be a sequence in X 2 such that ρ 2 ( Z n , Z ˜ )0 (as n), where Z ˜ X 2 . From (3.11) and (2.3), we have d( x n , x ˜ )0 and d( y n , y ˜ )0 as n. Since F is continuous, this implies d(F( x n , y n ),F( x ˜ , y ˜ ))0 and d(F( y n , x n ),F( y ˜ , x ˜ ))0 as n. Thus, by (3.11) and (3.12), we have

ρ 2 ( T ( Z n ) , T ( Z ˜ ) ) = 1 2 [ d ( F ( x n , y n ) , F ( x ˜ , y ˜ ) ) + d ( F ( y n , x n ) , F ( y ˜ , x ˜ ) ) ] 0(n),

which implies that T is continuous.

Hence, there is no doubt that all conditions of Theorem 3.1 are satisfied. Hence, T has a fixed point Z ¯ =( x ¯ , y ¯ ) X 2 . From (3.12), we have x ¯ =F( x ¯ , y ¯ ) and y ¯ =F( y ¯ , x ¯ ). This completes the proof. □

Remark 3.5 It is worth pointing out that we omit the control conditions: φ(t)<t for all t>0, φ(t+s)φ(t)+φ(s) for all t,s[0,) and lim t 0 + ψ(t)=0, which are necessary in the proof of Theorem 2 in Berinde [9].

Taking k=3 and T(Y)=(F(x,y,z),F(y,x,y),F(z,y,x)) for Y=(x,y,z) X 3 in Theorem 3.1, by a similar argument to the proof of Corollary 3.4, we obtain the following result.

Corollary 3.6 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let F: X 3 X be a mixed monotone mapping for which there exist φΦ and ψΨ such that, for all x,y,z,u,v,wX with xu, yv, zw,

φ ( d ( F ( x , y , z ) , F ( u , v , w ) ) + d ( F ( y , x , y ) , F ( v , u , v ) ) + d ( F ( z , y , x ) , F ( w , v , u ) ) 3 ) φ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) + d ( z , w ) 3 ) ψ ( d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) + d ( z , w ) 3 ) .

Suppose either

  1. (a)

    F is continuous or

  2. (b)

    (X,,d) is regular.

If there exist x 0 , y 0 , z 0 X such that

x 0 F( x 0 , y 0 , z 0 ), y 0 F( y 0 , x 0 , y 0 )and z 0 F( z 0 , y 0 , x 0 )
(3.14)

or

x 0 F( x 0 , y 0 , z 0 ), y 0 F( y 0 , x 0 , y 0 )and z 0 F( z 0 , y 0 , x 0 ),
(3.15)

then there exist x,y,zX such that

F(x,y,z)=x,F(y,x,y)=yandF(z,y,x)=z,

that is, F has a tripled fixed point.

Theorem 3.7 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let T: X k X k be an isotone mapping for which there exists a constant α[0,1) such that, for all Y,V X k with YV,

ρ k ( T ( Y ) , T ( V ) ) α ρ k (Y,V),
(3.16)

where ρ k is defined by (2.2). Suppose either T is continuous or (X,,d) is regular. If there exists Z 0 X k such that Z 0 T( Z 0 ), then T has a fixed point.

Proof Taking φ(t)=t and ψ(t)=(1α)t for t[0,) and α[0,1) in Theorem 3.1, we obtain the above result immediately. □

Remark 3.8 The metric ρ k in Theorem 3.1 can be replaced by some other metrics on X k , for example, by the next one:

ρ ¯ k (Y,V)= max 1 i k d( y i , v i ),
(3.17)

where Y=( y 1 , y 2 ,, y k ) and V=( v 1 , v 2 ,, v k ) X k , and the result will also be true.

Using a similar argument to the proof of Corollaries 3.4 and 3.6, we deduce the following corollaries from Theorem 3.7, respectively.

Corollary 3.9 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let F: X 2 X be a mixed monotone mapping for which there exists a constant α[0,1) such that, for each xu, yv,

d ( F ( x , y ) , F ( u , v ) ) +d ( F ( y , x ) , F ( v , u ) ) α [ d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) ] .

Suppose either F is continuous or (X,,d) is regular. If there exist x 0 , y 0 X such that (3.8) or (3.9), then there exist x ¯ , y ¯ X such that x ¯ =F( x ¯ , y ¯ ) and y ¯ =F( y ¯ , x ¯ ).

Corollary 3.10 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let F: X 3 X be a mixed monotone mapping for which there exists a constant α[0,1) such that, for each xu, yv, zw,

d ( F ( x , y , z ) , F ( u , v , w ) ) + d ( F ( y , x , y ) , F ( v , u , v ) ) + d ( F ( z , y , x ) , F ( w , v , u ) ) α [ d ( x , u ) + d ( y , v ) + d ( z , w ) ] .

Suppose either F is continuous or (X,,d) is regular. If there exist x 0 , y 0 , z 0 X such that (3.14) or (3.15), then F has a tripled fixed point.

Now we give a k-dimensional fixed point theorem for mixed monotone mappings.

Corollary 3.11 Let (X,) be a partially ordered set and suppose that there is a metric d on X such that (X,d) is a complete metric space. Let ϒ=( σ 1 , σ 2 ,, σ k ) be a k-tuple of mapping from Λ k into itself such that σ i Ω A , B if iA and σ i Ω A , B if iB. Let F: X k X be a mixed monotone mapping. Assume that there exists α[0,1) verifying

d ( F ( x 1 , x 2 , , x k ) , F ( y 1 , y 2 , , y k ) ) α max 1 i k d( x i , y i )
(3.18)

for which x i i y i for i Λ k . Suppose either F is continuous or (X,,d) is regular. If there exist x 0 1 , x 0 2 ,, x 0 k X verifying

x 0 i i F ( x 0 σ i ( 1 ) , x 0 σ i ( 2 ) , , x 0 σ i ( k ) ) for i Λ k ,
(3.19)

then F has one ϒ-fixed point.

Proof For brevity, ( y 1 , y 2 ,, y k ), ( v 1 , v 2 ,, v k ), and ( x 0 1 , x 0 2 ,, x 0 k ) will be denoted by Y, V and X 0 , respectively. Consider the mapping T: X k X k defined by

T ( Y ) = ( F ( y σ 1 ( 1 ) , y σ 1 ( 2 ) , , y σ 1 ( k ) ) , , F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , y σ i ( 2 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) , , F ( y σ k ( 1 ) , y σ k ( 2 ) , , y σ k ( k ) ) )
(3.20)

for Y X k .

Now, we show that T is an isotone mapping. Indeed, suppose that YV for Y,V X k . By (2.1), we have y t v t when tA and y t v t when tB. For each iA, we have σ i Ω A , B . So, y σ i ( t ) v σ i ( t ) , tA and y σ i ( t ) v σ i ( t ) , tB. Thus, by the mixed monotonicity of F, we have, for fixed iA,

F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , , y σ i ( t 1 ) , y σ i ( t ) , y σ i ( t + 1 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , , y σ i ( t 1 ) , v σ i ( t ) , y σ i ( t + 1 ) , , y σ i ( k ) )
(3.21)

when tA. Similarly, if tB, then the inequality (3.21) holds for fixed iA. So, for fixed iA, inequality (3.21) holds for t Λ k . From this, we have

F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , y σ i ( 2 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , y σ i ( 2 ) , y σ i ( 3 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , v σ i ( 2 ) , y σ i ( 3 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , v σ i ( 2 ) , v σ i ( 3 ) , , v σ i ( k ) )
(3.22)

for iA. Similarly, we have

F( y σ i ( 1 ) , y σ i ( 2 ) ,, y σ i ( k ) )F( v σ i ( 1 ) , v σ i ( 2 ) , v σ i ( 3 ) ,, v σ i ( k ) )
(3.23)

for iB. From (3.20), (3.22), and (3.23), we deduce that T is an isotone mapping.

Suppose that YV for Y,V X k . For fixed iA, we have y σ i ( t ) t v σ i ( t ) for t Λ k . From (3.18), we have

d ( F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) , F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , , v σ i ( k ) ) ) α max 1 i k d( y i , v i )
(3.24)

for all iA. Similarly, for fixed iB, we have y σ i ( t ) t v σ i ( t ) for t Λ k . It follows from (3.18) that

d ( F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) , F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , , v σ i ( k ) ) ) = d ( F ( v σ i ( 1 ) , , v σ i ( k ) ) , F ( y σ i ( 1 ) , , y σ i ( k ) ) ) α max 1 i k d ( y i , v i )
(3.25)

for all iB. By (2.1), (3.20), (3.24), and (3.25), we have ρ ¯ k (T(Y),T(V))α ρ ¯ k (Y,V), where ρ ¯ k is defined by (3.17). From (3.19), there exists X 0 X k such that X 0 T( X 0 ). Using the same argument as in the proof of Corollary 3.4, we deduce that T is continuous. Using Theorem 3.7, we see that T has a fixed point. So, F has a ϒ-fixed point. □

Remark 3.12 In order to obtain the multidimensional fixed point theorems, the authors of [2123] constructed some Cauchy sequences using the properties of multidimensional mixed monotone mappings. To prove that more than one sequence is simultaneously Cauchy does not seem so easy. It is also known that the fixed point problems for isotone mappings are easier than for mixed monotone mappings. Using the properties of isotone mappings, we obtain some multidimensional fixed point theorems by constructing only one Cauchy sequence. As an application, we give a simple proof of Corollary 3.11, which is similar to Theorem 9 in [22].

Theorem 3.13 In addition to the hypotheses of Theorem  3.1, suppose that, for all fixed points Y ¯ , Y X k of T, there exists Z X k such that Z is comparable to Y ¯ and to Y . Then T has a unique fixed point.

Proof From Theorem 3.1, the set of fixed points of T is non-empty. Assume that Y ¯ and Y are two fixed points of T. Put Z 0 =Z and Z n + 1 =T( Z n ) for n0. Since Z is comparable to Y ¯ , we may assume Z Y ¯ . Since T is an isotone mapping, we obtain inductively Z n Y ¯ for n0. Therefore, by (3.1), we have

φ ( ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n + 1 ) ) =φ ( ρ k ( T ( Y ¯ ) , T ( Z n ) ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n ) ) ψ ( ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n ) ) ,
(3.26)

which, by the fact that ψ0, implies

φ ( ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n + 1 ) ) φ ( ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n ) ) .
(3.27)

By (3.27) and the strict monotonicity of φ, we see that the sequence { Δ n } defined by Δ n = ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n ) is non-increasing. Hence, there exists β0 such that lim n Δ n =β. We shall prove that β=0. Suppose, conversely, that β>0. Letting n in (3.26), we get

φ(β)φ(β) lim Δ n β ψ( Δ n )<φ(β),

which is a contradiction. Thus β=0, that is,

lim n ρ k ( Y ¯ , Z n )=0.
(3.28)

Similarly, we obtain

lim n ρ k ( Y , Z n ) =0.
(3.29)

Combining (3.28) and (3.29) yields Y = Y ¯ . □

Using a similar argument to the proof of Corollary 3.4, we deduce the following corollaries from Theorem 3.13, respectively.

Corollary 3.14 In addition to the hypotheses of Corollary  3.4 (or Corollary  3.9), suppose that, for all coupled fixed points Y ¯ , Y X 2 of F, there exists Z X 2 such that Z is comparable to Y ¯ and to Y . Then F has a unique coupled fixed point.

Corollary 3.15 In addition to the hypotheses of Corollary  3.6 (or Corollary  3.10), suppose that, for all tripled fixed points Y ¯ , Y X 3 of F, there exists Z X 3 such that Z is comparable to Y ¯ and to Y . Then F has a unique tripled fixed point.

Corollary 3.16 In addition to the hypotheses of Corollary  3.11, suppose that, for all ϒ-fixed points Y ¯ , Y X k of F, there exists Z X k such that Z is comparable to Y ¯ and to Y . Then F has a unique tripled fixed point.

Remark 3.17 In this paper, the results show how to extend unidimensional fixed point results to the multidimensional case and give a simple and unified approach to some coupled, tripled, and k-dimensional fixed points. It is worth pointing out that we extend the interesting technique of proof in [10] from k=2 to k arbitrary. The results in [19] and [20] are the unidimensional and coupled cases, respectively.

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Wang, S. Multidimensional fixed point theorems for isotone mappings in partially ordered metric spaces. Fixed Point Theory Appl 2014, 137 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2014-137

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