# A new type fixed point theorem for a contraction on partially ordered generalized complete metric spaces with applications

- Madjid Eshaghi Gordji
^{1}, - Maryam Ramezani
^{1}, - Farhad Sajadian
^{1}, - Yeol Je Cho
^{2}Email author and - Choonkil Park
^{3}

**2014**:15

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2014-15

© Eshaghi Gordji et al.; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **20 May 2013

**Accepted: **29 October 2013

**Published: **20 January 2014

## Abstract

In this paper, we prove a fixed point theorem for a contraction in generalized complete metric spaces endowed with partial order. As an application, we use the fixed point theorem to prove the Hyers-Ulam stability of the Cauchy functional equation in Banach spaces endowed with a partial order.

**MSC:**54H25, 47H10, 39B52.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

In 1940, Ulam gave a wide ranging talk in front of the mathematics club of University of Wisconsin in which he discussed a number of important unsolved problems (see [1]). One of the problems was the question concerning the stability of homomorphisms:

Let ${G}_{1}$ be a group and ${G}_{2}$ be a metric group with a metric $d(\cdot ,\cdot )$. Given $\u03f5>0$, does there exist $\delta >0$ such that, if a mapping $h:{G}_{1}\to {G}_{2}$ satisfies the inequality $d(h(xy),h(x)h(y))<\delta $ for all $x,y\in {G}_{1}$, then there exists a homomorphism $H:{G}_{1}\to {G}_{2}$ with $d(h(x),H(x))<\u03f5$ for all $x\in {G}_{1}$?

In 1941, Hyers [2] affirmatively answered the question of Ulam for the case where ${G}_{1}$ and ${G}_{2}$ are Banach spaces. Taking this fact into account, the additive Cauchy functional equation $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ is said to satisfy the *Hyers-Ulam stability*.

On the other hand, Banach’s contraction principle is one of the pivotal results of analysis. It is widely considered as the source of metric fixed point theory. Also, its significance lies in its vast applicability in a number of branches of mathematics. Many kinds of generalizations of the above principle have been a heavily investigated branch of research. In particular, Diaz and Margolis [3] presented the following definition and fixed point theorem in a ‘generalized complete metric space’.

**Definition 1.1**Let

*X*be an abstract (nonempty) set and assume that, in the Cartesian product $X\times X$, a distance function $d(x,y)$ ($0\le d(x,y)\le \mathrm{\infty}$ for all $x,y\in X$) is defined and satisfies the following conditions:

- (D1)
$d(x,y)=0$ if and only if $x=y$;

- (D2)
$d(x,y)=d(y,x)$ (symmetry);

- (D3)
$d(x,y)\le d(x,z)+d(z,y)$ (triangle inequality);

- (D4)
every

*d*-Cauchy sequence in*X*is*d*-convergent,*i.e.*, ${lim}_{m,n\to \mathrm{\infty}}d({x}_{n},{x}_{m})=0$ for a sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in*X*implies the existence of an element $x\in X$ with ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}d(x,{x}_{n})=0$ (the point*x*is unique by (D1) and (D3)).

Then we call $(X,d)$ a *generalized complete metric space*.

**Theorem 1.2** *Suppose that* $(X,d)$ *is a generalized complete metric space and the function* $T:X\to X$ *is a contraction*, *that is*, *T* *satisfies the following condition*:

*There exists a constant*

*q*

*with*$0<q<1$

*such that*,

*whenever*$d(x,y)<\mathrm{\infty}$,

*Let* ${x}_{0}\in X$ *and consider a sequence* $\{{T}^{l}{x}_{0}\}$ *of successive approximations with initial element* ${x}_{0}$. *Then the following alternative holds*: *either*

(A) *for all* $l\ge 0$, *one has* $d({T}^{l}({x}_{0}),{T}^{l+1}({x}_{0}))=\mathrm{\infty}$

*or*

(B) *the sequence* $\{{T}^{l}{x}_{0}\}$ *is* *d*-*convergent to a fixed point of T*.

Recently, Nieto and Rodriguez-Lopez [4] proved a fixed point theorem in partially ordered sets as follows.

**Theorem 1.3**

*Let*$(X,\le )$

*be a partially ordered set*.

*Suppose that there exists a metric*

*d*

*in*

*X*

*such that*$(X,d)$

*is a complete metric space*.

*Let*$f:X\u27f6X$

*be a continuous and nondecreasing mapping such that there exists*$k\in [0,1)$

*with*

*for all* $x,y\in X$. *If there exists* ${x}_{0}\in X$ *with* ${x}_{0}\le f({x}_{0})$, *then* *f* *has a fixed point*.

In 2003, Cǎdariu and Radu [5] applied the fixed point method to investigate the Jensen functional equation (see also [6–9]) and presented a short and simple proof (different from the *direct method* initiated by Hyers in 1941) for the Hyers-Ulam stability of the Jensen functional equation [5] for proving properties of generalized Hyers-Ulam stability for some functional equations in a single variable [7] for the stability of some nonlinear equations [6]. Recently, Brzdek [10], Brzdek and Cieplinski [11, 12] reported some interesting results in this direction (see also [13–16]).

In this paper, we prove a fixed point theorem for self-mappings on a partially ordered set *X* which has a generalized metric *d*. Moreover, we give a generalization of the Hyers-Ulam stability of the conditional Cauchy equation as an important result of our fixed point theorem.

## 2 Main results

We start our work by the following fixed point theorem in generalized complete metric spaces.

**Theorem 2.1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a generalized complete metric space and*≤

*be a partial order on*

*X*.

*Let*$f:X\to X$

*be a continuous and nondecreasing mapping such that there exists*$k\in [0,1)$

*with*

*for all* $x,y\in X$ *with* $x\ge y$. *If there exists* ${x}_{0}\le f({x}_{0})$, *then the following alternative holds*: *either*

*for all*$l\ge 0$,

*one has*

*or*

(B) *the sequence of* $\{{f}^{n}({x}_{0})\}$ *is* *d*-*convergent to a fixed point of* *f*.

*Proof*Consider the sequence $\{d({f}^{l}({x}_{0}),{f}^{l+1}({x}_{0}))\}$ of real numbers. Then we consider two cases as follows:

- (a)
If, for all $l\ge 0$, $d({f}^{l}({x}_{0}),{f}^{l+1}({x}_{0}))=+\mathrm{\infty}$, then (A) holds;

- (b)
If, for some integer

*l*, $d({f}^{l}({x}_{0}),{f}^{l+1}({x}_{0}))<+\mathrm{\infty}$, then $N=N({x}_{0})$ denotes the smallest nonnegative integer such that $d({f}^{N}({x}_{0}),{f}^{N+1}({x}_{0}))<+\mathrm{\infty}$.

for all $l\ge 1$.

*f*is nondecreasing. Then we have

and we can write $d({f}^{n}({x}_{0}),{f}^{n+1}({x}_{0}))\le kd({f}^{n}({x}_{0}),{f}^{n-1}({x}_{0}))$ for all $n\ge 1$.

*n*and using that ${f}^{n}({x}_{0})\le {f}^{n+1}({x}_{0})$, we obtain

*X*. Indeed, let $m>n>N({x}_{0})$. Then we have

On the other hand, since *X* is a complete generalized metric space, there exists $y\in X$ such that ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{f}^{n}({x}_{0})=y$.

*f*, that is, $f(y)=y$. Let $\u03f5>0$ be a positive real number. Using the continuity of

*f*at

*y*, for $\u03f5/2$, there exists $\delta >0$ such that $d(z,y)<\delta $ implies that $d(f(z),f(y))<\u03f5/2$. Now, by the convergence of $\{{f}^{n}({x}_{0})\}$ to

*y*and $\eta =min\{\u03f5/2,\delta \}>0$, there exists ${n}_{0}\in \mathbb{N}$ such that ${n}_{0}>N({x}_{0})$ and, for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$, $d({f}^{n+1}({x}_{0}),y)<\eta $. Therefore, for all $n>{n}_{0}$, we have

and hence $f(y)=y$. This completes the proof. □

**Theorem 2.2** *In Theorem* 2.1, *we can replace the following condition with the continuity of* *f*:

*If* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *is a nondecreasing sequence and* ${x}_{n}\to x$ *in* *X*, *then* ${x}_{n}\le x$ *for all* $n\in \mathbb{N}$.

*Then* *f* *has a fixed point*.

*Proof*In Theorem 2.1, we just showed that

*y*is a fixed point of

*f*. Let $\u03f5>0$ be given. Since ${f}^{n}({x}_{0})\to y$ and $\{{f}^{n}({x}_{0})\}$ is a nondecreasing sequence, we have ${f}^{n}({x}_{0})\le y$. For any $\u03f5/2>0$, there exists ${n}_{0}\in \mathbb{N}$ such that ${n}_{0}\ge l$ and, for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$, $d({f}^{{n}_{0}}({x}_{0}),y)<\u03f5/2$. Therefore, we have

This shows that $f(y)=y$. This completes the proof. □

**Remark 2.3**In Theorem 2.2, since ${f}^{n}({x}_{0})\to y$ and $\{{f}^{n}({x}_{0})\}$ is nondecreasing, we have ${x}_{0}\le y$ and

**Theorem 2.4** *If*, *for all* $x,y\in X$, *there exists* *z* *which is comparable to* *x* *and* *y* *and* $d(z,x)<\mathrm{\infty}$, $d(z,y)<\mathrm{\infty}$, *then*, *in Theorems* 2.1 *and* 2.2, *the uniqueness of the fixed point of* *f* *follows*.

*Proof*If $x\in X$ is another fixed point of

*f*, then we prove that $d(x,y)=0$, where $y={lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}{f}^{n}({x}_{0})$. Since there exists $z\in X$ which is comparable to

*x*and

*y*, ${f}^{n}(z)$ is comparable to ${f}^{n}(x)=x$ and ${f}^{n}(y)=y$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}\cup \{0\}$ and

whenever $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ and so we have $d(x,z)=0$. This completes the proof. □

## 3 Application

- (a)
for all $x,y\in {E}_{1}$, $x{\le}_{1}y\u27f9rx{\le}_{1}ry$ for all $r\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$;

- (b)
for all $x,y\in {E}_{1}$, there exists $z\in {E}_{1}$ such that

*z*is comparable to*x*and*y*.

- (c)
for all $x,y\in {E}_{1}$, there exists $z\in {E}_{1}$ such that

*z*is an upper bound of $\{x,y\}$; - (d)
if $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is a nondecreasing sequence in ${E}_{2}$ and ${x}_{n}\to x$, then $x\ge {x}_{n}$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$.

As a simple example, we can show that ℝ satisfies the conditions (a), (b), (c) and (d). Also, in this section, we consider $0\times \mathrm{\infty}=0$.

Now, we prove the main result of this section as follows.

**Theorem 3.1**

*Suppose that*$f:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*is a mapping satisfying*

*and*

*for all*$x,y,z,w\in {E}_{1}$,

*where*

*x*

*is comparable to*

*z*,

*y*

*is comparable to*

*w*,

*where*$\varphi :{E}_{1}\times {E}_{1}\to [0,\mathrm{\infty})$

*is a function satisfying*$\varphi (0,0)=0$

*and the following condition*:

*for all*$x,y\in {E}_{1}$,

*where*

*x*

*is comparable to*

*y*

*and*$L\in (0,1)$

*is a constant*.

*Then there exists a unique additive mapping*$T:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*such that*

*for all* $x\in {E}_{1}$.

*Proof*It is clear that $f(0)=0$. Putting $z:=x$ and $y=w:=0$ in (3.2), we get

*d*on

*X*by

for all $h,g\in X$. It is easy to show that $(X,d)$ is a complete generalized metric space.

*X*as follows: for all $h,g\in X$,

It is easy to show that *J* is a nondecreasing mapping.

*J*is a continuous function. To this end, let $\{{h}_{n}\}$ be a sequence in $(X,d)$ which converges to $h\in X$ and let $\u03f5>0$ be given. Then there exist $N\in \mathbb{N}$ and $C\in {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ with $C\le \u03f5$ such that

*J*, we get

*J*is continuous. On the other hand, by (3.1), we have $f\le J(f)$ and, by applying inequality (3.5), we see that $d(J(f),f)\le 1$. Applying Theorem 2.1, it follows that

*J*has a fixed point $T\in X$ such that ${lim}_{n\to \mathrm{\infty}}d({J}^{n}(f),T)=0$. It follows that

This implies inequality (3.4).

*x*is comparable to

*y*. Let $x,y\in {E}_{1}$ be arbitrary elements. Then there exists $z\in {E}_{1}$ such that

*z*is comparable to

*x*and

*y*. This implies that ${2}^{n}z$ is comparable to ${2}^{n}x$ and ${2}^{n}y$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. It follows from (3.2) that

for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. By using (3.6) and (3.7), it follows that *T* is a Cauchy mapping.

*T*, suppose that ${T}_{1}$ is another additive function satisfying (3.4). It is clear that $J({T}_{1})={T}_{1}$. Then, for any $x\in {E}_{1}$, there exists $g(x)\in {E}_{2}$ such that $g(x)$ is an upper bound of $\{T(x),{T}_{1}(x)\}$. This shows that $g:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$ is a mapping which is comparable to

*T*and ${T}_{1}$. Hence we have

for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Since $L<1$, $T={T}_{1}$. This completes the proof. □

**Corollary 3.2**

*Let*$\u03f5\in [0,\mathrm{\infty})$

*and*$f:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*be a function such that*$f(0)=0$

*and*

*and*

*for all*$x,y,z,w\in {E}_{1}$,

*where*

*x*

*is comparable to*

*z*

*and*

*y*

*is comparable to*

*w*.

*Then there exists a unique additive mapping*$T:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*such that*

*for all* $x\in {E}_{1}$.

*Proof* Set $\varphi (x,y)=\frac{\u03f5}{2}$ for all $x,y\in {E}_{1}$ with $x,y\ne 0$, $\varphi (0,0)=0$, and let $L=\frac{1}{2}$ in Theorem 3.1. Then we get the desired result. □

**Corollary 3.3**

*Let*$p\in (0,1)$

*and*$\u03f5\in [0,\mathrm{\infty})$.

*Suppose that*$f:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*is a mapping such that*

*and*

*for all*$x,y,z,w\in {E}_{1}$,

*where*

*x*

*is comparable to*

*z*

*and*

*y*

*is comparable to*

*w*.

*Then there exists a unique additive mapping*$T:{E}_{1}\to {E}_{2}$

*such that*

*for all* $x\in {E}_{1}$.

*Proof* Set $\varphi (x,y)=\u03f5({\parallel x\parallel}^{p}+{\parallel y\parallel}^{p})$ for all $x,y\in {E}_{1}$, and let $L={2}^{p-1}$ in Theorem 3.1. Then we get the desired result. □

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### Acknowledgements

YJ Cho and C Park were supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (NRF-2012-0008170) and (NRF-2012R1A1A2004299), respectively.

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