# Nonlinear quasi-contractions in non-normal cone metric spaces

- Shujun Jiang
^{1}and - Zhilong Li
^{2, 3}Email author

**2014**:165

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1812-2014-165

© Jiang and Li; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **20 May 2014

**Accepted: **11 July 2014

**Published: **28 July 2014

## Abstract

In the paper, we prove a new fixed point theorem of nonlinear quasi-contractions in non-normal cone metric spaces, which partially improve the recent results of Arandelović and Kečkić’s and of Li and Jiang since some of the essential conditions therein are removed. A suitable example is presented to show the usability of our theorem. It is worth mentioning that the results in this paper could not be derived from the corresponding results in the setting of metric spaces by using a scalarization function or a Minkowski functional.

**MSC:**06A07, 47H10.

### Keywords

nonlinear quasi-contraction non-normal cone metric space## 1 Introduction

In 2007, Huang and Zhang [1] introduced the concept of cone metric spaces, as a generalization of metric spaces, and gave the version of the Banach contraction principle and other basic theorems in the setting of cone metric spaces. Later on, by omitting the assumption of normality of the cone, Rezapour and Hamlbarani [2] improved the relevant results of [1], and presented a number of examples to support the existence of non-normal cones, which shows that such generalizations are meaningful. Since then, many authors have been interested in the study of fixed point results in non-normal cone metric spaces; see [3–17]. In the preceding references except [3–5, 16, 17], the involving contractions are always assumed to be restricted with a constant.

There are some references concerned with the problem of whether cone metric spaces are equivalent to metric spaces in terms of the existence of the fixed points of the mappings in cone metric spaces; see [7–10]. Actually, it has been shown that each cone metric space $(X,d)$ is equivalent to a usual metric space $(X,{d}_{e})$, where the real-valued metric function ${d}_{e}$ is defined by a nonlinear scalarization function [8] or by a Minkowski functional [9]. Besides, it has been pointed out in [18] that many fixed point generalizations obtained in cone metric spaces are not real generalizations, and the authors should take care in obtaining real fixed point generalizations in cone metric spaces.

*T*has a unique fixed point, which was then generalized to cone metric spaces by [13–15]. There were many works concerned with the fixed point results of contractions or quasi-contractions restricted with nonlinear comparison functions, we refer the readers to [19–25]. Recently, Arandelović and Kečkić [16] considered nonlinear quasi-contractions in cone metric spaces, and by using the nonlinear scalarization method of Du [8], they obtained several fixed point theorems of nonlinear quasi-contractions and quasi-contractions restricted with linear contractive bounded mappings in cone metric spaces over locally convex Hausdorff topological vector spaces with the assumption that $(I-A)(\mathsf{int}P)\subset \mathsf{int}P$. Very recently, Li and Jiang [17] removed the contractive condition of linear bounded mappings appearing in [16], and they proved a fixed point result of quasi-contractions restricted with linear bounded mappings in non-normal cone metric spaces at the expense of

In this paper, we first show that every nondecreasing mapping $A:P\to P$ satisfies the condition (H) provided that it is continuous at *θ* and $A\theta =\theta $ (see Lemma 3), and consequently, the condition (H) in [17] is superfluous and could be omitted; see Remark 1. Then by using Lemma 3, we prove a new fixed point theorems of nonlinear quasi-contractions in non-normal cone metric spaces, which improved the relevant results of [16, 17] since the conditions $(I-A)(\mathsf{int}P)\subset \mathsf{int}P$ and (H) are removed. In addition, a suitable example is presented to show the usability of our theorem.

It is worth mentioning that the results in this paper could not be derived from the corresponding results in the setting of metric spaces by the methods of [8, 9] and also cannot be obtained by any existing fixed point results in cone metric spaces. Hence the results in this paper are real generalizations.

## 2 Preliminaries

Let $(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$ be a normed vector space. A cone of *E* is a nonempty closed subset *P* of *E* such that $ax+by\in P$ for each $x,y\in P$ and each $a,b\ge 0$, and $P\cap (-P)=\{\theta \}$, where *θ* is the zero element of *E*. A cone *P* of *E* determines a partial order ⪯ on *E* by $x\u2aafy\iff y-x\in P$ for each $x,y\in X$. In this case *E* is called an ordered normed vector space.

A cone *P* of a normed vector space *E* is solid if $\mathsf{int}P\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, where int*P* is the interior of *P*. For each $x,y\in E$ with $y-x\in \mathsf{int}P$, we write $x\ll y$. Let *P* be a solid cone of a normed vector space *E*. A sequence $\{{u}_{n}\}$ of *E* weakly converges [5] to $u\in E$ (denote ${u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}u$) if for each $\u03f5\in \mathsf{int}P$, there exists a positive integer ${n}_{0}$ such that $u-\u03f5\ll {u}_{n}\ll u+\u03f5$ for all $n\ge {n}_{0}$.

*P*of

*E*is normal if the unit ball is order-convex, which is equivalent to the condition that there is some positive number

*N*such that $x,y\in E$ and $\theta \u2aafx\u2aafy$ implies that $\parallel x\parallel \le N\parallel y\parallel $, and the minimal

*N*is called a normal constant of

*P*. Another equivalent condition is that

*P*is non-normal if and only if there exists a sequence $\{{u}_{n}\},\{{v}_{n}\}\subset P$ such that

which implies that the sandwich theorem does not hold in the case that *P* is non-normal. However, in the sense of weak convergence, the sandwich theorem still holds even if *P* is non-normal, and we have the following lemma.

*Let*

*P*

*be a solid cone of a normed vector space*$(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$

*and*$\{{u}_{n}\},\{{v}_{n}\},\{{z}_{n}\}\subset E$.

*If*

*and there exists some* $z\in E$ *such that* ${u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}z$ *and* ${v}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}z$, *then* ${z}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}z$.

**Lemma 2** (see [5])

*Let* *P* *be a solid cone of a normed vector space* $(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$. *Then for each sequence* $\{{u}_{n}\}\subset E$, ${u}_{n}\stackrel{\parallel \cdot \parallel}{\to}u$ *implies* ${u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}u$.

**Lemma 3** *Let* *P* *be a solid cone of a normed vector space* $(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$ *and* $A:P\to P$ *a nondecreasing mapping*. *If* *A* *is continuous at* *θ* *and* $A\theta =\theta $, *then it satisfies* (H).

*Proof* Let $\{{u}_{n}\}$ be a sequence of *P* such that ${u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $. It suffices to show $A{u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $.

Fix $\u03f5\in \mathsf{int}P$. It is clear that $\frac{\u03f5}{m}\in \mathsf{int}P$ for each *m*. From ${u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}u$ we find that, for each *m*, there exists ${n}_{m}$ such that ${u}_{n}\ll \frac{\u03f5}{m}$ for each $n\ge {n}_{m}$. Since *A* is nondecreasing, $A{u}_{n}\u2aafA(\frac{\u03f5}{m})$ for each $n\ge {n}_{m}$. Note that $\frac{\u03f5}{m}\stackrel{\parallel \cdot \parallel}{\to}\theta $ ($m\to \mathrm{\infty}$), then $A(\frac{\u03f5}{m})\stackrel{\parallel \cdot \parallel}{\to}\theta $ ($m\to \mathrm{\infty}$) since *A* is continuous at *θ* and $A\theta =\theta $. Hence by Lemma 2, $A(\frac{\u03f5}{m})\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $ ($m\to \mathrm{\infty}$), which implies that, for each $c\in \mathsf{int}P$, there exists ${m}_{0}$ such that $A(\frac{\u03f5}{m})\ll c$ for each $m\ge {m}_{0}$. Therefore we have $A{u}_{n}\ll c$ for each $n\ge {u}_{{m}_{0}}$, *i.e.*, $A{u}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$). The proof is complete. □

**Remark 1** Every linear bounded mapping $A:P\to P$ is certainly nondecreasing and continuous at *θ*, and hence it satisfies the condition (H) by Lemma 3. Therefore in Theorem 1 of [17], the condition (H) is superfluous and could be omitted.

Let *X* be a nonempty set and *P* be a cone of a topological vector space *E*. A cone metric on *X* is a mapping $d:X\times X\to P$ such that, for each $x,y,z\in X$,

(d1) $d(x,y)=\theta \u27fax=y$;

(d2) $d(x,y)=d(y,x)$;

(d3) $d(x,y)\u2aafd(x,z)+d(z,y)$.

The pair $(X,d)$ is called a cone metric space over *P*. A cone metric *d* on *X* over a solid cone *P* generates a topology ${\tau}_{d}$ on *X* which has a base of the family of open *d*-balls $\{{B}_{d}(x,\u03f5):x\in X,\theta \ll \u03f5\}$, where ${B}_{d}(x,\u03f5)=\{y\in X:d(x,y)\ll \u03f5\}$ for each $x\in X$ and each $\u03f5\in \mathsf{int}P$.

Let $(X,d)$ be a cone metric space over a solid cone *P* of a normed vector space *E*. A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ of *X* converges [1, 5] to $x\in X$ (denote by ${x}_{n}\stackrel{{\tau}_{d}}{\to}x$) if $d({x}_{n},x)\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $. A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ of *X* is Cauchy [1, 5], if $d({x}_{n},{x}_{m})\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $. The cone metric space $(X,d)$ is complete [1, 5], if each Cauchy sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ of *X* converges to a point $x\in X$.

## 3 Main results

*P*be a solid cone of a normed vector space $(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$. A mapping $T:X\to X$ is called a quasi-contraction, if there exists a mapping $A:P\to P$ such that

where $u\in \{d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty),d(x,Ty),d(y,Tx)\}$. In particular when *A* is a linear bounded mapping, *T* is reduced to the one considered in [17].

Some slight modifications of the proof of [[17], Theorem 1] yield the following result.

**Theorem 1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete cone metric space over a solid cone*

*P*

*of a normed vector space*$(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$

*and*$T:X\to X$

*a quasi*-

*contraction*.

*Assume that*$A:P\to P$

*is a nondecreasing and subadditive*(

*i*.

*e*., $A(u+v)\u2aafAu+Av$

*for each*$u,v\in P$)

*mapping with*$A\theta =\theta $

*such that*

*If* *A* *and* *B* *are continuous at* *θ*, *where* $Bu={\sum}_{i=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{A}^{i}u$ *for each* $u\in P$. *Then* *T* *has a unique fixed point* ${x}^{\ast}\in X$, *and for each* ${x}_{0}\in X$, *the Picard iterative sequence* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges to* ${x}^{\ast}$, *where* ${x}_{n}={T}^{n}{x}_{0}$ *for each* *n*.

**Remark 2** In particular when $A:P\to P$ is a linear bounded mapping with the spectra radius $r(A)<1$, then (2) is naturally satisfied and *B* is continuous on *P* since $B={(I-A)}^{-1}$ and ${(I-A)}^{-1}:P\to P$ is a linear bounded mapping, where ${(I-A)}^{-1}$ is the inverse of $I-A$.

The following example shows that there exists some nonlinear mapping $A:P\to P$ such that (2) is satisfied and *B* is continuous at *θ*.

**Example 1** Let $E={C}_{\mathbb{R}}^{1}[0,1]$ be endowed with the norm $\parallel u\parallel ={\parallel u\parallel}_{\mathrm{\infty}}+{\parallel {u}^{\prime}\parallel}_{\mathrm{\infty}}$ and $P=\{u\in E:u(t)\ge 0,\mathrm{\forall}t\in [0,1]\}$ which is a non-normal cone [26]. Let $(Au)(t)=a{\int}_{0}^{t}{u}^{2}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds$ for each $u\in P$ and each $t\in [0,1]$, where $a>0$.

which implies that (2) is satisfied since the series ${\sum}_{i=2}^{\mathrm{\infty}}\frac{{a}^{i}}{i!}$ and ${\sum}_{i=2}^{\mathrm{\infty}}\frac{{a}^{\frac{i+2}{2}}}{\sqrt{i!}}$ are convergent.

which implies that *B* is continuous at *θ*.

*Proof of Theorem 1*It follows from (2) that the mapping

*B*is well defined. Clearly, $B(P)\subset P$ and $B\theta =\theta $ since $A(P)\subset (P)$ and $A\theta =\theta $. By (2), we get

*A*and

*B*are commutative,

In the following we shall show this claim by induction.

If $n=1$, then $i=j=1$, and so the claim is trivial.

*n*. To prove (5) holds for $n+1$, it suffices to show

Consider the case that ${i}_{0}=1$.

*A*, (5), and (7),

*i.e.*, (6) holds.

*i.e.*, (6) holds.

*A*, (7), and $A(P)\subset P$,

*B*, then by (4) and $B(P)\subset P$,

*i.e.*, (6) holds.

*i.e.*, (6) holds.

Consider the case that $2\le {i}_{0}\le n$.

*i.e.*, (6) holds.

If $u=d({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1})$, or $u=d({x}_{{i}_{0}-1},{x}_{n+1})$, we set ${i}_{1}=n$, or ${i}_{1}={i}_{0}-1\ge 1$, respectively, and then (8) follows.

*i.e.*, (6) holds, and so the proof of our claim is complete, or there exists ${i}_{2}\in \{1,2,\dots ,n\}$ such that

*k*th step with $k\le n-1$, that is, there exist $k+1$ integers ${i}_{0},{i}_{1},\dots ,{i}_{k}\in \{1,2,\dots ,n\}$ such that

*i.e.* (6) holds, and so the proof of our claim is complete.

*n*steps, then there exist $n+1$ integers ${i}_{0},{i}_{1},{i}_{n}\in \{1,2,\dots ,n\}$ such that

*A*and (9),

Act on (10) with ${B}_{1}$, then by (11), ${B}_{1}(P)\subset P$ and ${B}_{1}\theta =\theta $ we get $d({x}_{{i}_{k}},{x}_{n+1})=\theta $, and hence (6) holds by (9). The proof of our claim is complete.

*A*is nondecreasing. Note that ${u}_{m-1}\in C({x}_{0},1,n)$, then by (5),

*B*is continuous at

*θ*. This together with Lemma 2 implies that $B{A}^{m}d({x}_{0},{x}_{1})\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $ ($m\to \mathrm{\infty}$). Moreover, by (13) and Lemma 1, we get

*i.e.*, $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is a Cauchy sequence of

*X*. Therefore by the completeness of

*X*, there exists some ${x}^{\ast}\in X$ such that ${x}_{n}\stackrel{{\tau}_{d}}{\to}{x}^{\ast}$ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$),

*i.e.*,

where $u\in \{d({x}_{n},{x}^{\ast}),d({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}),d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast}),d({x}_{n},T{x}^{\ast}),d({x}^{\ast},{x}_{n+1})\}$.

If $u=d({x}_{n},{x}^{\ast})$, or $u=d({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1})$, or $u=d({x}^{\ast},{x}_{n+1})$, then by (14), (15), (16), Lemma 1, and Lemma 3, we get $d(T{x}^{\ast},{x}^{\ast})=\theta $ since *A* is continuous at *θ*.

Act on (18) with *B*, then by $B(P)\subset P$ and $B\theta =\theta $ we get $d(T{x}^{\ast},{x}^{\ast})=\theta $.

*A*and (16), we have

Thus it follows from (15) and Lemma 3 that (17) holds for each $\u03f5\in \mathsf{int}P$ since *A* is continuous at *θ*. Consequently, we get (18). Act on (18) with *B*, then by $B(P)\subset P$ and $B\theta =\theta $ we get $d(T{x}^{\ast},{x}^{\ast})=\theta $. This shows that ${x}^{\ast}$ is a fixed point of *T*.

*x*is another fixed point of

*T*, then by (1),

where $u\in \{d(x,{x}^{\ast}),d(x,Tx),d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast}),d(x,T{x}^{\ast}),d({x}^{\ast},Tx)\}$. If $u=d(x,Tx)$, or $u=d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})$, then $u=\theta $, and hence $d(x,{x}^{\ast})=\theta $. If $u=d(x,{x}^{\ast})$, or $u=d(x,T{x}^{\ast})$ or $u=d({x}^{\ast},Tx)$, then we must have $u=d(x,{x}^{\ast})$, and hence $(I-A)d(x,{x}^{\ast})\u2aaf\theta $. Act on it with *B*, then by $B(P)\subset P$ and $B\theta =\theta $ we get $d(x,{x}^{\ast})=\theta $. This shows ${x}^{\ast}$ is the unique fixed point of *T*. The proof is complete. □

The following example shows the usability of Theorem 1.

**Example 2**Let

*E*and

*P*be the same ones as those in Example 1 and $X=P$. Define a mapping $d:X\times X\to P$ by

Clearly, $(X,d)$ is a complete cone metric space.

Let $(Tx)(t)={\int}_{0}^{t}{x}^{\frac{1}{2}}(s)\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds$ and $(Ax)(t)=\sqrt{2}(Tx)(t)$ for each $x\in X$ and each $t\in [0,1]$.

Clearly, $A:P\to P$ is a nondecreasing mapping with $A\theta =\theta $, and *A* is continuous at *θ*. From Example 1 we know that (2) is satisfied and *B* is continuous at *θ*. For each $u,v\in P$, we have $(A(u+v))(t)=\sqrt{2}{\int}_{0}^{t}{(u(s)+v(s))}^{\frac{1}{2}}\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds\le \sqrt{2}{\int}_{0}^{t}(u{(s)}^{\frac{1}{2}}+v{(s)}^{\frac{1}{2}})\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds=(Au)(t)+(Av)(t)$ for each $t\in [0,1]$, and so $A(u+v)\u2aafAu+Av$ for each $u,v\in P$, *i.e.*, *A* is subadditive.

*i.e.*, $Tx+Ty\u2aaf\sqrt{2}T(x+y)$ for each $x,y\in P$, then

*i.e.*, (1) is satisfied with $u=d(x,y)$.

Hence all the assumptions of Theorem 1 are satisfied, and so *T* has a unique fixed point. In fact, *θ* is the unique fixed point of *T*.

**Remark 3**

- (i)
Since in Example 2 the underlying mapping

*A*is nonlinear, we can conclude that any of the theorems in [12–15, 17] cannot cope with Example 2. - (ii)
Let ${u}_{0}(t)={cos}^{2}t$ for each $t\in [0,1]$ in Example 2. Clearly, ${u}_{0}\in \mathsf{int}P$ and $(A{u}_{0})(t)=\sqrt{2}{\int}_{0}^{t}coss\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds=\sqrt{2}sint$ for each $t\in [0,1]$. Take ${t}_{0}=\frac{\pi}{4}$, we have $(A{u}_{0})({t}_{0})=1>\frac{1}{2}={u}_{0}({t}_{0})$, and so $A{u}_{0}\u22e0{u}_{0}$,

*i.e.*, $(I-A){u}_{0}\notin P$. Note that it is necessarily assumed that $(I-A)(\mathsf{int}P)\subset \mathsf{int}P$ in [16], then Theorem 2 of [16] is not applicable.

In what follows, we shall show that the subadditivity of *A* assumed in Theorem 1 could be removed in the case that (1) is satisfied for $u=d(x,y)$.

**Theorem 2**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete cone metric space over a solid cone*

*P*

*of a normed vector space*$(E,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$

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

*Assume that*

*where* $A:P\to P$ *is a nondecreasing mapping with* $A\theta =\theta $ *such that* (2) *is satisfied*. *If* *A* *and* *B* *are continuous at* *θ*, *where* $Bu={\sum}_{i=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{A}^{i}u$ *for each* $u\in P$. *Then* *T* *has a unique fixed point* ${x}^{\ast}\in X$, *and for each* ${x}_{0}\in X$, *the Picard iterative sequence* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *converges to* ${x}^{\ast}$.

*Proof*By the nondecreasing property of

*A*and (19), we have

*B*is continuous at

*θ*, it follows from (3) that $B{A}^{n}d({x}_{0},{x}_{1})\stackrel{\parallel \cdot \parallel}{\to}\theta $ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$), which together with Lemma 2 implies that $B{A}^{n}d({x}_{0},{x}_{1})\stackrel{w}{\to}\theta $ ($n\to \mathrm{\infty}$). Moreover, by (20) and Lemma 1, we get

*i.e.*, $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is a Cauchy sequence of

*X*. Therefore by the completeness of

*X*, there exists some ${x}^{\ast}\in X$ such that (15) is satisfied. By the triangle inequality and (19), we get

*A*is continuous at

*θ*. Hence ${x}^{\ast}$ is a fixed point of

*T*. Let

*x*be another fixed point of

*T*, then by (19),

and so $(I-A)d(x,{x}^{\ast})\u2aaf\theta $. Act on it with *B*, then by $B(P)\subset P$ and $B\theta =\theta $ we get $d(x,{x}^{\ast})=\theta $. This shows ${x}^{\ast}$ is the unique fixed point of *T*. The proof is complete. □

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### Acknowledgements

The work was supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (11161022), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangxi Province (20114BAB211006, 20122BAB201015), Educational Department of Jiangxi Province (GJJ12280, GJJ13297, KJLD14034), Program for Excellent Youth Talents of JXUFE (201201) and Candidate of Jiangxi Youth Scientist.

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