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An overview on the PrusSzczepanik condition
 Carlos A HernándezLinares^{1},
 Enrique LlorensFuster^{1}Email author,
 Eva M MazcuñánNavarro^{1} and
 Omar MuñizPérez^{1}
https://doi.org/10.1186/16871812201437
© HernándezLinares et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
 Received: 21 November 2013
 Accepted: 29 January 2014
 Published: 13 February 2014
Abstract
In 2005 Prus and Sczcepanik introduced a large class of Banach spaces with the fixed point property for nonexpansive mappings. We say that this class satisfies the PSz condition. Checking that a given Banach space belongs to this class is not an easy task. Here we study the relationship between the PSz condition and other wellknown geometrical properties of Banach spaces, and we give easier sufficient conditions for a Banach space to satisfy it.
Keywords
 fixed point property
 Econvexity
 (PS) condition
 Opial modulus
 uniformly noncreasy Banach spaces
1 Introduction
Metric fixed point theory is a branch of fixed point theory concerning methods and results that involve properties of an isometric nature. Around 1922, Banach formulated his famous contraction principle, which is considered as the origin of this theory. Since the mid1960s the outgrowth of a rich and symbiotic interaction between the geometry of Banach spaces and many developments in metric fixed point theory took place. Building on several initial and independent results by Browder, Göhde and Kirk, we now have a rich, though still far from complete, fixed point theory for nonexpansive and related types of mappings in the setting of some classes of Banach spaces.
The classical theory produced a wide range of geometric/topological properties of Banach spaces which were sufficient to ensure the nonexpansive selfmappings of weakly compact convex subsets have fixed points. (See, for instance, [1, 2].) Several of these properties are related with the rotundity of the unit ball of the space under consideration, as for instance, the uniform convexity, the uniform smoothness and the uniform nonsquareness. Other relevant properties in this field concern the behavior of the norm of the weak convergent sequences. In this way, in 2005, Prus and Szczepanik (see [3]) defined a large class of Banach spaces, which they called nearly uniformly noncreasy (NUNC for short). This class properly contains the uniformly convex and the uniformly smooth spaces, as well as many of its generalizations.
In the same paper [3] a deep fixed point theorem for nonexpansive mappings was given. We will refer to the assumptions of this theorem as the Prus and Szczepanik condition (PSz in short). In particular, NUNC Banach spaces, among many others, satisfy the PSz condition.
The aim of this note is to get a better understanding of this property. We will be able to distinguish two nontrivial subfamilies of the class of Banach spaces with the PSz condition, as well as to characterize them in terms of wellknown parameters.
Very recently it has been shown in [4] that the socalled Econvex Banach spaces, and hence the uniformly nonsquare ones, have the PSz property. Moreover, the relevance of this condition in metric fixed point theory has been reinforced because BetiukPilarska and Wiśnicki in [5] have proved a fixed point theorem for a class of mappings which is larger than the class of nonexpansive mappings, just for Banach spaces satisfying the PSz condition.
2 Preliminaries
Throughout this paper we will use the standard notation in Banach space geometry. In particular, if we have a Banach space $(X,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$, we denote ${B}_{X}:=\{x\in X:\parallel x\parallel \le 1\}$ and ${S}_{X}:=\{x\in X:\parallel x\parallel =1\}$. The weak convergence of a sequence $({x}_{n})$ in X to ${x}_{0}\in X$ will be denoted ${x}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}{x}_{0}$.
Note that ${\mathcal{M}}_{X}$ is always nonempty, and that ${\mathcal{N}}_{X}$ is nonempty whenever X is not a Schur space.
A Banach space X is said to have the weak fixed point property for nonexpansive mappings (wFPP for short), if for each nonempty weakly compact convex subset C of X, every nonexpansive mapping of C into itself has a fixed point. Nonexpansive mappings are those that have a Lipschitz constant equal to 1.
It is clear that $1\le WCS(X)\le 2$.
An important result in [6] is the following.
Theorem 2.1 Every Banach space with $M(X)>1$ has the wFPP.
From the weak lower semicontinuity of the norm, the above moduli are nonnegative.
It is straightforward to see that ‘limsup’ and ‘liminf’ are interchangeable in the definitions of $d(\epsilon ,x)$, $b(\epsilon ,x)$ and ${b}_{1}(\epsilon ,x)$.
Moreover, from [[3], Lemma 4] for any fixed $x\in X$, the functions $d(\cdot ,x)$, $b(\cdot ,x)$ and ${b}_{1}(\cdot ,x)$ are nondecreasing in the interval $[0,+\mathrm{\infty})$.
In terms of these moduli, in [3] the following class of Banach spaces was introduced.
Definition 2.2 Let X be a Banach space without the Schur property. We say that X is nearly uniformly noncreasy (NUNC for short), if for every $\epsilon >0$ there is some $t\in (0,\epsilon ]$ such that for every $x\in {S}_{X}$ it is the case that $d(\epsilon ,x)\ge t$ or $b(t,x)\le \epsilon t$. Additionally we treat spaces with the Schur property as being NUNC.
Some widely studied classes of Banach spaces which are relevant in metric fixed point theory are properly included in the class of NUNC Banach spaces. Among many others, one can mention here the socalled uniformly noncreasy Banach spaces, defined by Prus in 1996, as well as several of their generalizations. This notion was introduced to describe a large class of superreflexive Banach spaces with the fixed point property for nonexpansive mappings. Uniformly convex and uniformly smooth Banach spaces are in turn uniformly noncreasy. (See [8] for more details.)
Regarding the wFPP, the main result in [3] is the following.
Theorem 2.3 Let X be a Banach space failing the Schur property. If there exists $\epsilon \in (0,1)$ such that for every $x\in {S}_{X}$ it is the case that ${b}_{1}(1,x)<1\epsilon $ or $d(1,x)>\epsilon $, then X has the wFPP.
Of course, the NUNC Banach spaces fall within the scope of this theorem. On the other hand, in [9] one can find an example of a superreflexive Banach with the wFPP and lacking the PSz condition.
The following definition is closely inspired on the assumptions of the above theorem, and it has been treated in several recent papers (see [4, 9]).
Definition 2.4 Let X be a nonSchur Banach space. If there exists $\epsilon \in (0,1)$ such that for every $x\in {S}_{X}$ it is the case that ${b}_{1}(1,x)<1\epsilon $ or $d(1,x)>\epsilon $ we say that X satisfies the Prus and Szczepanik condition.
Next we recall several geometrical properties of Banach spaces which are related with the tightest packing of balls of equal size in the unit ball of a Banach space. These properties were introduced by Kottman in [10] and Naidu and Sastry in [11]. For $\eta \in (0,2)$, a subset A of X is said to be symmetrically ηseparated if the distance between any two distinct points of $A\cup (A)$ is at least η and a Banach space X is Oconvex if the unit ball ${B}_{X}$ contains no symmetrically $(2\epsilon )$separated subset of cardinality n for some $\epsilon >0$ and some $n\in \mathbb{N}$. In other words, we have the following.
Definition 2.6 A Banach space X is said to be Econvex if $E(n,X)>0$ for some $n\in \mathbb{N}$.
It turns out that a Banach space X is Oconvex if and only if its dual space ${X}^{\ast}$ is Econvex, and that Econvex Banach spaces are superreflexive.
A Banach space X satisfies the uniform Opial condition if and only if ${r}_{X}(c)>0$ for all $c>0$. Section 3 of Chapter V in [7] is devoted to the study of the uniform Opial condition and the following theorem is proved there.
 (1)
${r}_{X}$ is nondecreasing.
 (2)
${r}_{X}(c)\le c$ for all $c>0$.
 (3)
${r}_{X}({c}_{2}){r}_{X}({c}_{1})\le \frac{{c}_{2}({c}_{2}{c}_{1})}{{c}_{1}}$ for all ${c}_{2}\ge {c}_{1}>0$.
 (4)
If ${r}_{X}(0)<0$ then ${r}_{X}$ is constant in $[0,{r}_{X}(0)]$.
 (5)
${r}_{X}$ is continuous in $[0,+\mathrm{\infty})$.
Moreover, the Opial modulus is also studied in [13–17], mainly with respect to its relationships with the wFPP.
3 Two ways to satisfy the PSz condition
The statement of the Prus and Szczepanik theorem referred to above is built on two inequalities: ${b}_{1}(1,x)<1\epsilon $ and $d(1,x)>\epsilon $. To clarify the PSz condition we define and study two stronger properties, just paying separated attention to each one of these inequalities.
Remark 3.3 Clearly either the PSzA condition or the PSzB condition implies the PrusSzczepanik condition. In [[4], Theorem 3] it is proved that the Econvex Banach spaces satisfy the PSz condition. Indeed, what is really proved there is that these spaces satisfy the PSzA condition. Example 3.3 below shows that the PSz condition does not imply the PSzA condition nor the PSzB condition.
The following is an example of a family of Banach spaces satisfying the PSzA condition, but failing NUNC.
where ${E}_{\beta}$ is the space ${\ell}_{2}$ endowed with the norm ${x}_{\beta}:=max\{{\parallel x\parallel}_{2},\beta {\parallel x\parallel}_{\mathrm{\infty}}\}$.
For all $\beta \ge 1$ one has $M({E}_{\beta})>1$. (See [18].) Moreover, from [19] it is well known that the spaces ${E}_{\beta}$ are Pconvex for $\beta \ge \sqrt{2}$. Given that the Pconvexity is preserved under ${\ell}_{q}$sums for $1\le q\le \mathrm{\infty}$ (see [11]), then the spaces ${X}_{p,\beta}$ are Pconvex. Hence, its dual ${Y}_{p,\beta}:={({X}_{p,\beta})}^{\ast}$ is Econvex, and therefore it satisfies the PSzA condition.
Let us suppose, for a contradiction, that ${Y}_{p,\beta}$ is NUNC. In this case, from [[3], Corollary 8] ${X}_{p,\beta}$ would be NUNC. However, in [[4], Example 4.22] it is shown that ${X}_{p,\beta}$ fails to satisfy the PSz condition, and hence it cannot be NUNC.
 (a)
Condition PSz is not selfdual.
 (b)
Condition PSzA is not selfdual (one can compare this fact with Corollary 5.6).
 (c)
Pconvexity does not imply the PSz condition.
In [[4], Proposition 4.8] it is shown that ${E}_{\sqrt{2}}$ is not Econvex. On the other hand, it is well known (see [[8], Theorem 4]) that this space is UNC and hence NUNC (see [3]). This example, along with Example 3.1 shows that no inclusion holds between the classes of Econvex and NUNC Banach spaces.
where $t\in \mathbb{R}$ and $y\in {c}_{0}$. In [3] is proved that $M(X)=1$ and that X is NUNC and hence it has the PrusSzczepanik condition.
However, X lacks the PSzA condition. In fact, take ${x}_{0}:=(1,{0}_{{c}_{0}})\in {S}_{X}$ and the sequence in ${S}_{X}$ given by ${x}_{n}:=(0,{e}_{n})$. Note that

$\parallel {x}_{n}{x}_{m}\parallel =1$ for $n\ne m$. Hence $D[({x}_{n})]={lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n}{lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{m}\parallel {x}_{n}{x}_{m}\parallel =1$ and $({x}_{n})\in \mathcal{M}(X)$.

${x}_{n}\stackrel{w}{\to}{0}_{X}$ and $\parallel {x}_{0}+{x}_{n}\parallel =1+{\parallel {e}_{n}\parallel}_{{c}_{0}}\equiv 2$.
Thus, X does not have the PSzA condition.
In consequence X does not have the PSzB condition, although this is a direct consequence of Theorem 6.1 below.
On the other hand, the conditions PSzA and PSzB are compatible.
Thus, ${lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n}\parallel {x}_{n}\parallel \le \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$.
Therefore H has the PSzA condition.
Consequently H has the PSzB condition.
It is not hard to check that every uniformly convex Banach space also satisfies both PSzA and PszB conditions. However, the following example is a not uniformly convex Banach space which also satisfies these conditions.
Example 3.5 Consider the Banach space $X={\ell}_{2}{\oplus}_{1}{\ell}_{2}$. In [4] it is showed that X is Econvex and hence it enjoys the PSzA condition.
To see that X also enjoys the PSzB condition we need the following lemma, whose proof only needs elementary calculus.
Lemma 3.5 The restriction of the function $f:{\mathbb{R}}^{4}\to \mathbb{R}$ given by $f(a,b,c,d)=\sqrt{{a}^{2}+{c}^{2}}+\sqrt{{b}^{2}+{c}^{2}}$ to the set $\{(a,b,c,d):a+b=1,c+d=1,a\ge 0,b\ge 0,c\ge 0,d\ge 0\}$ attains its minimum value at any point of the form $(a,1a,a,1a)$ with $a\in [0,1]$.
Thus, $d(1,x):={inf}_{({x}_{n})\in {\mathcal{N}}_{X}}{lim\hspace{0.17em}sup}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel \parallel x\parallel \ge \sqrt{2}1>0$. Hence X has the PSzB condition.
4 The PSz condition and $M(X)$
Next we obtain a characterization of those Banach spaces which satisfy the PSzA condition in terms of the coefficient $M(X)$. First, we recall Lema 4.4 of [5].
 (1)
$M(X)>1$,
 (2)
there exists $a>0$ such that $R(a,X)<1+a$,
 (3)
for every $a>0$, $R(a,X)<1+a$.
Moreover, we need the following lemma.
□
Then, the equality is clear when ${sup}_{\parallel x\parallel \le a}{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel =a$.
Therefore ${sup}_{\parallel x\parallel =a}{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel \ge {sup}_{\parallel x\parallel \le a}{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel $. □
 (a)
$M(X)>1$,
 (b)
$R(1,X)<2$,
 (c)
X has the PSzA condition.
which shows the equivalence between (b) and (c). □
5 The PSz condition and Opial modulus
The aim of this section is to characterize the PSzB condition in terms of the Opial modulus.
Proof Clearly ${r}_{X}(c)\le inf\{{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel 1:\parallel x\parallel \ge c,({x}_{n})\in {\mathcal{N}}_{X}\}$.
which completes the proof. □
Then, the proposed equality is obvious when ${inf}_{\parallel x\parallel =c}{lim\hspace{0.17em}inf}_{n}\parallel x+{x}_{n}\parallel =c$.
But from Lemma 4.2 this is a contradiction, because $k>1$ and $\frac{c}{\parallel {x}_{0}\parallel}\le 1$. □
Consequently, in this space, inequality (1) is in fact an equality for every $c\ge 0$. Nevertheless in a general Banach space, we do not know if this holds for $0<c<1$. However, if the Banach space X does not satisfy the uniform Opial condition, then ${r}_{X}(0)<0$ while ${inf}_{\parallel x\parallel =0}d(1,x)+01=0$. Since the Opial modulus ${r}_{X}$ is continuous in $[0,\mathrm{\infty})$, then in this case, equality (2) below fails for c in a nontrivial interval $[0,\alpha )$. Conversely, if X satisfies the uniform Opial condition, then ${r}_{X}(0)=0$, and hence the equality (2) is satisfied at $c=0$.
Theorem 5.4 X has the PSzB if and only if ${r}_{X}(1)>0$.
but this is a contradiction with Proposition 5.2.
From our claim, taking $c=1$ we obtain the desired result. □
Remark 5.5 In [17] Xu proved that the condition ${r}_{X}(1)>0$ implies the wFPP. According to the above result, we realize that the PrusSzczepanik theorem recaptures Xu’s result. This condition is relevant to prove some other results in metric fixed point theory as in [15] and [20].
 (a)
If ${X}^{\ast}$ satisfies PSzB, then X satisfies PSzA.
 (b)
If X satisfies PSzB, then ${X}^{\ast}$ satisfies PSzA.
Proof From [[6], Theorem 3.3] we know that ${r}_{{X}^{\ast}}(1)>0$ implies $M(X)>1$. □
Some examples with ${r}_{X}(1)>0$ are the following.
Example 5.1 (See [13])
Example 5.2 (See [16])
Let us now consider Bynum’s spaces ${\ell}_{p,q}$, which are spaces ${\ell}_{p}$ endowed with an equivalent norm given by the formula ${\parallel x\parallel}_{p,q}:={({\parallel {x}^{+}\parallel}^{q}+{\parallel {x}^{}\parallel}^{q})}^{1/p}$.
Example 5.3 (See [21])
In particular, ${r}_{X}(c)>0$ for all $c>1$ [13].
6 The second way leads to the first one
Theorem 6.1 If a Banach space X has the PszB condition (equivalently ${r}_{X}(1)>0$), then X has the PszA condition (equivalently $M(X)>1$).
Proof From [[6], p.841] we know that $M(X)\ge WCS(X)$. On the other hand, in [13] it was shown that $WCS(X)\ge 1+{r}_{X}(1)$ and the conclusion immediately follows. □
Remark 6.2 The above theorem shows that Xu [17] is, in fact, a particular case of the DomínguezBenavides fixed point result (Theorem 2.1).
The following example shows that there are spaces with $M(X)>1$ (i.e. satisfying PSzA), but with ${r}_{X}(1)=0$ (i.e. lacking PSzB).
Example 6.1 The classical Banach space $({c}_{0},{\parallel \cdot \parallel}_{\mathrm{\infty}})$ has the PSzA condition and it fails the PSzB condition.
It is well known (see [[6], p.846]) that $M({c}_{0})=2$, and hence it satisfies the PSzA condition.
and the conclusion now follows from Theorem 5.4.
It is easy to check that $({c}_{0},{\parallel \cdot \parallel}_{\mathrm{\infty}})$ is NUNC. Thus, this property does not imply the condition PSzB.
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Acknowledgements
The authors would like to thank the referees for their valuable comments. The first and the fourth authors have been supported by grants from CONACYT (México). The second and the third authors have been partially supported by grant MTM201234847C0202 from Spanish Government.
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