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# Fixed points of conditionally F-contractions in complete metric-like spaces

Fixed Point Theory and Applications20152015:126

https://doi.org/10.1186/s13663-015-0377-3

• Received: 1 January 2015
• Accepted: 3 July 2015
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## Abstract

In this paper, we introduce the notion of a conditionally F-contraction in the setting of complete metric-like spaces and we investigate the existence of fixed points of such mappings. Our results unify, extend, and improve several results in the literature.

## Keywords

• F-contraction
• conditionally F-contraction
• fixed point
• metric-like spaces
• partial metric space

• 46T99
• 47H10
• 54H25
• 54E50

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

Recently, Wardowski  introduced the notion of a F-contraction mapping and investigated the existence of fixed points for such mappings. The results of Wardowski  extend and unify several fixed point results in the literature including the celebrated Banach contraction mapping principle.

In this paper, we present the notion of conditionally F-contractions of various types and we investigate the existence of a fixed point for such mappings in metric-like spaces. We also present some criteria for the uniqueness of a fixed point.

Throughout the paper, $$\mathbb{N}$$ and $$\mathbb{N}_{0}$$ denote the set of positive integers and the set of nonnegative integers. Similarly, let $$\mathbb{R}$$, $$\mathbb{R}^{+}$$ and $$\mathbb{R}^{+}_{0}$$ represent the set of reals, positive reals, and the set of nonnegative reals, respectively.

### Definition 1.1



Let $$\mathcal {F}$$ be the family of all functions $$F \colon(0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R}$$ such that
1. (F1)

F is strictly increasing, i.e. for all $$x,y\in \mathbb{R}^{+}$$ such that $$x < y$$, $$F (x) < F (y)$$;

2. (F2)

for each sequence $$\{\alpha_{n}\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ of positive numbers, $$\lim_{n\to\infty}\alpha_{n}=0$$ if and only if $$\lim_{n\to\infty}F(\alpha_{n})=-\infty$$;

3. (F3)

there exists $$k\in(0,1)$$ such that $$\lim_{\alpha\to 0^{+}}\alpha^{k}F(\alpha)=0$$.

### Definition 1.2



Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric space. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a F-contraction on $$(X,d)$$ if there exist $$F\in \mathcal {F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that
\begin{aligned} \forall x,y\in X,\quad \bigl[d(Tx, Ty)>0\Rightarrow\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d(x,y) \bigr) \bigr]. \end{aligned}
(1)

### Remark 1.3

From (F1) and (1) it is easy to conclude that every F-contraction is necessarily continuous.

Recently, Piri and Kumam  extended the result of Wardowski  by replacing the condition (F3) in Definition 1.1 with the following one:
(F3′):

F is continuous on $$(0,\infty)$$.

Let $$\mathfrak{F}$$ denote the family of all functions $$F:\mathbb{R}_{+}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ which satisfy conditions (F1), (F2) and (F3′).

Under this new set-up, they proved a fixed point result that generalized the result of Wardowski .

### Definition 1.4



Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric space and let $$F \in\mathfrak{F}$$. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a F-Suzuki-contraction if there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$Tx\neq Ty$$
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x, Tx)< d(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d(x,y) \bigr). \end{aligned}

Wardowski and Van Dung  introduced the notion of a F-weak contraction and proved a fixed point theorem for F-weak contractions.

### Definition 1.5



Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric space. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a F-weak contraction on $$(X,d)$$ if there exist $$F\in \mathcal {F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x, y\in X$$ satisfying $$d(Tx, Ty)> 0$$, the following holds:
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr) \leq F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty), \frac{d(x,Ty)+d(y,Tx)}{2} \biggr\} \biggr). \end{aligned}
(2)

Wardowski and Van Dung  gave an example to show that their result was a proper extension of results in the literature.

There are many papers in the literature that generalize the notion of metric spaces as well as the Banach contraction mapping principle (see  and the references therein). The notion of a metric-like space was introduced by Hitzler  and re-introduced by Amini-Harandi in .

### Definition 1.6

(See )

Let X be a non-empty set. A mapping $$d: X\times X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{+}_{0}$$ is said to be a metric-like (dislocated) on X, if for all $$x,y,z\in X$$ the following conditions are satisfied:
(D1):

if $$d(x,y)=0$$ then $$x=y$$.

(D2):

$$d(x,y)=d(y,x)$$.

(D3):

$$d(x,y)\leq d(x,z)+d(z,y)$$.

The pair $$(X,d)$$ is called a dislocated (metric-like) space.
Notice that if we replace the condition (D3) with
(D3):

$$d(x,y) \leq d(x,z) +d(z,y) -d(z,z)$$

in Definition 1.6 then, $$(X,d)$$ turns to be a partial metric space (PMS). Fore more details see e.g. .

### Remark 1.7

(See )

Every partial metric is metric-like (dislocate).

A sequence $$\{x_{n}\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$, in a metric-like space $$(X, d )$$,
1. (a)

converges to $$x\in X$$ if $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x)=d(x,x)$$,

2. (b)

is called Cauchy in $$(X, d)$$, if $$\lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x_{m})$$ exists and is finite.

A metric-like space $$(X,d )$$ is said to be complete if and only if every Cauchy sequence $$\{x_{n}\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ in X converges to $$x \in X$$ so that
$$\lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty}d(x_{n},x_{m})=\lim _{n\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x)= d(x,x).$$

We recall some basic definitions and crucial results on the topic. In this paper, we follow the notation of Amini-Harandi .

### Definition 1.8

(See )

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric-like space and let U be a subset of X. We say U is a d-open subset of X, if for all $$x\in X$$ there exists $$r>0$$ such that $$B_{d}(x,r)\subseteq U$$. Also, $$V\subseteq X$$ is a d-closed subset of X if $$(X\backslash V)$$ is a d-open subset of X.

### Lemma 1.9

(See )

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric-like space. Then:
1. (A)

if $$d(x,y)=0$$ then $$d(x,x)=d(y,y)=0$$;

2. (B)
if $$\{x_{n}\}$$ be a sequence such that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}d(x_{n},x_{n+1})=0$$, then we have,
$$\lim_{n\to \infty}d(x_{n},x_{n})=\lim _{n\to\infty}d(x_{n+1},x_{n+1})=0;$$

3. (C)

if $$x\neq y$$ then $$d(x,y)>0$$;

4. (D)

$$d(x,x)\leq\frac{2}{n}\sum_{i=1}^{i=n}d(x,x_{i})$$ holds for all $$x_{i},x\in X$$ where $$1\leq i\leq n$$;

5. (E)

if $$\{x_{n}\}$$ is a sequence in a d-closed subset V of X with $$x_{n}\to x$$ as $$n\to\infty$$, then $$x\in V$$;

6. (F)

if $$\{x_{n}\}$$ is a sequence in X such that $$x_{n}\to x$$ as $$n\to\infty$$ and $$d(x,x)=0$$, then $$\lim_{n\to\infty}d(x_{n},y)=d(x,y)$$ for all $$y\in X$$.

### Definition 1.10

Let $$(X, d )$$ and $$(Y, \rho)$$ be metric-like spaces and $$\{x_{n}\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ be a sequence in X such that $$x_{n}\rightarrow x$$. A mapping $$f\colon X\to Y$$ is said to be continuous at a point $$x\in X$$ if $$f(x_{n}) \rightarrow f(x)$$

## 2 Main results

We begin this section with the following definition.

### Definition 2.1

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric-like space. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a conditionally F-contraction of type (A) if there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$d(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x,Tx)< d(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(M_{T}(x,y) \bigr), \end{aligned}
(3)
where
$$M_{T}(x,y)\max \biggl\{ d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty), \frac {d(x,Ty)+d(y,Tx)}{4} \biggr\} .$$

### Theorem 2.2

Let $$(X,d)$$ is a complete metric-like space. If T is a conditionally F-contraction of type (A), then T has a fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Proof

Take $$x \in X$$ and construct a sequence $$\{x_{n}\}$$ as follows:
\begin{aligned} x_{n}=Tx_{n-1}=T^{n}x \quad\mbox{for all } n\in\mathbb{N} \mbox{ where } x_{0}=x. \end{aligned}
(4)
If there exists $$n_{*} \in\mathbb{N}$$ such that $$d(x_{n_{*}},Tx_{{n_{*}}})=0$$ then $$x_{*}=x_{n_{*}}$$ becomes a fixed point which completes the proof. Consequently, in the rest of the proof, we assume that, for every $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$,
\begin{aligned} 0< d(x_{n},Tx_{n}). \end{aligned}
(5)
Hence, from (5), we have
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2} d(x_{n},Tx_{n})< d(x_{n},Tx_{n})\quad \mbox{for all } n\in\mathbb{N}. \end{aligned}
(6)
Since T is conditionally F-contraction (note $$d(Tx_{n},T(Tx_{n}))=d(x_{n+1}, Tx_{n+1})>0$$), from the inequality (6), we have
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr)\leq{}& F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{d(x_{n},T^{2}x_{n})+d(Tx_{n},Tx_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ \leq{}& F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{d(x_{n},Tx_{n})+d(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n})+d(Tx_{n},x_{n})+d(x_{n},Tx_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ ={}& F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr), \\ &{}\frac {3d(x_{n},Tx_{n})+d(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ ={}& F \bigl(\max \bigl\{ d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr\} \bigr). \end{aligned}
(7)
If there exists $$n\in \mathbb {N}$$ such that $$\max\{d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n})\}=d(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n})$$, then (7) becomes
$$\tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr) \leq F \bigl(d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr),$$
which is a contradiction. Thus, we conclude that
$$\max \bigl\{ d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr\} =d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),$$
for all $$n\in \mathbb {N}$$. Hence, the inequality (7) turns into
\begin{aligned} F \bigl(d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d(x_{n},Tx_{n}) \bigr)-\tau \quad \mbox{for all } n\in \mathbb {N}, \end{aligned}
(8)
which is equivalent to
$$F \bigl(d(x_{n+1},Tx_{n+1}) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d(x_{n},Tx_{n}) \bigr)-\tau\quad \mbox{for all } n\in \mathbb {N}.$$
Iteratively, we find that
\begin{aligned}[b] F \bigl(d(x_{n},Tx_{n}) \bigr)&\leq F \bigl(d(x_{n-1},Tx_{n-1}) \bigr)-\tau \\ &\leq F \bigl(d(x_{n-2},Tx_{n-2}) \bigr)-2\tau \\ &\leq F \bigl(d(x_{n-3},Tx_{n-3}) \bigr)-3\tau \\ &\vdots \\ &\leq F \bigl(d(x_{0},Tx_{0}) \bigr)-n\tau. \end{aligned}
(9)
From (9), we obtain $$\lim_{m\rightarrow\infty} F(d(x_{n},Tx_{n}))=-\infty$$, which together with (F2) gives
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},Tx_{n})= \lim_{m\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x_{n+1})=0. \end{aligned}
(10)
Now, we claim that
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x_{m})=0. \end{aligned}
(11)
Arguing by contradiction, we assume that there exist $$\epsilon>0$$ and sequences $$\{p(n)\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ and $$\{q(n)\}_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ of natural numbers such that
\begin{aligned} p(n)>q(n)>n,\qquad d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)})\geq\epsilon,\qquad d(x_{p(n)-1},x_{q(n)})< \epsilon \quad\mbox{for all } n \in \mathbb{N}. \end{aligned}
(12)
From the triangle inequality, we get
\begin{aligned} \epsilon&\leq d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)})\leq d(x_{p(n)},x_{p(n)-1})+d(x_{p(n)-1},x_{q(n)}) \\ &\leq d(x_{p(n)},x_{p(n)-1})+\epsilon \\ &=d(x_{p(n)-1},Tx_{p(n)-1})+\epsilon\quad \mbox{for all } n \in \mathbb{N}. \end{aligned}
(13)
Thus from (10), (13), and the sandwich theorem, we get
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)})= \epsilon. \end{aligned}
(14)
Again by the triangle inequality, $$\mbox{ for all } n \in \mathbb{N}$$, we have the following two inequalities:
\begin{aligned} d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)})\leq d(x_{p(n)},x_{p(n)+1})+ d(x_{p(n)+1},x_{q(n)+1})+d(x_{q(n)+1},x_{q(n)}) \end{aligned}
(15)
and
\begin{aligned} d(x_{p(n)+1},x_{q(n)+1})\leq d(x_{p(n)+1},x_{p(n)})+ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)})+d(x_{q(n)},x_{q(n)+1}). \end{aligned}
(16)
Letting $$n \to\infty$$ in the inequalities (15) and (16), using (10) and (14), we obtain
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}d(x_{p(n)+1},x_{q(n)+1})= \epsilon. \end{aligned}
(17)
From (10) and (12), there exists $$N_{2} \in\mathbb{N}$$ such that
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)})< \frac{\epsilon}{2}< d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),\quad \forall n>N_{2}. \end{aligned}
Note from (17) for n large enough (i.e. $$n\geq N_{3}\geq N_{2}$$ say) we have $$d(Tx_{p(n)},Tx_{q(n)})=d(x_{p(n)+1},x_{q(n)+1})>0$$. Since T is a conditionally F-contractive mapping of type (A), we have (with $$n \geq N_{3}$$)
\begin{aligned} &\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx_{p(n)},Tx_{q(n)}) \bigr) \\ & \quad\leq F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)}),d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)}), \\ &\qquad{} \frac{d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{q(n)})+d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{p(n)})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ & \quad\leq F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)}),d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)}), \\ & \qquad{}\frac {d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)})+d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)})+2d(x_{q(n)},x_{p(n)})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ & \quad\leq F \bigl( \max\{ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)}),d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)}), \\ & \qquad{}\max \bigl\{ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)}),d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)}) \bigr\} \bigr) \\ & \quad=F(\max \bigl\{ d(x_{p(n)},x_{q(n)}),d(x_{p(n)},Tx_{p(n)}),d(x_{q(n)},Tx_{q(n)}) \bigr\} . \end{aligned}
(18)
Letting $$n \to\infty$$ in the inequality above and using (10), (14), and (F3′) we obtain
\begin{aligned} \tau+ F(\varepsilon) \leq F(\varepsilon), \end{aligned}
(19)
a contradiction since $$\tau>0$$. Hence
$$\lim_{m,n\rightarrow\infty}d(x_{n},x_{m})=0.$$
Therefore, we conclude that $$\lbrace x_{n}\rbrace_{n=1}^{\infty}$$ is a Cauchy sequence in X. Now $$(X, d)$$ is a complete metric-like space, so there exists $$x^{*} \in X$$ such that
\begin{aligned} d \bigl(x^{*},x^{*} \bigr)=\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} d \bigl(x_{n},x^{*} \bigr)=\lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty} d(x_{n},x_{m})=0. \end{aligned}
(20)
Now note
\begin{aligned} d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr)&\leq d \bigl(x^{*},x_{n+1} \bigr)+d \bigl(x_{n+1},Tx^{*} \bigr) \\ &\leq d \bigl(x^{*},x_{n+1} \bigr)+d \bigl(x_{n+1},x^{*} \bigr)+d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \\ &=2d \bigl(x^{*},x_{n+1} \bigr)+d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
Thus from (20) and the sandwich theorem, we get
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \bigl[d \bigl(x^{*},x_{n+1} \bigr)+d \bigl(x_{n+1},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr]=d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
Now this and (20) yield
\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}d \bigl(x_{n+1},Tx^{*} \bigr)=d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
(21)
We now prove that, for every $$n\in\mathbb{N}$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x_{n},Tx_{n})< d \bigl(x_{n},x^{*} \bigr) \quad\mbox{or}\quad \frac {1}{2}d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr)< d \bigl(Tx_{n},x^{*} \bigr),\quad \forall n\in\mathbb{N}. \end{aligned}
(22)
Arguing by contradiction, we assume that there exists $$m\in \mathbb{N}$$ such that
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x_{m},Tx_{m})\geq d \bigl(x_{m},x^{*} \bigr) \quad\mbox{and}\quad \frac{1}{2}d \bigl(Tx_{m},T^{2}x_{m} \bigr)\geq d \bigl(Tx_{m},x^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
(23)
Now from (8) and (F1), we have
\begin{aligned} d \bigl(Tx_{m},T^{2}x_{m} \bigr)< d(x_{m},Tx_{m}). \end{aligned}
(24)
It follows from (23) and (24) that
\begin{aligned} d(x_{m},Tx_{m})&\leq d \bigl(x_{m},x^{*} \bigr)+d \bigl(x^{*},Tx_{m} \bigr) \\ &\leq\frac{1}{2}d(x_{m},Tx_{m})+\frac{1}{2}d \bigl(Tx_{m},T^{2}x_{m} \bigr) \\ &< \frac{1}{2}d(x_{m},Tx_{m})+\frac{1}{2}d(x_{m},Tx_{m}) \\ &=d(x_{m},Tx_{m}), \end{aligned}
which is a contradiction. Hence (22) holds.
Suppose, now, part (I) of (22) is satisfied and $$d(x^{*},Tx^{*})>0$$. Note from (21) there exists $$N_{1} \in \mathbb {N}$$ such that $$d(Tx_{n},Tx^{*})=d(x_{n+1},Tx^{*})>0$$ for $$n \geq N_{1}$$. Then from our assumption (with $$n \geq N_{1}$$) we have
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x_{n+1},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)={}& \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(Tx_{n},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr) \\ \leq{}& F\biggl(\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(x_{n},x^{*} \bigr),d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{d(x_{n},Tx^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ \leq{}& F\biggl(\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(x_{n},x^{*} \bigr),d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{2d(x_{n},x^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx^{*})+d(x_{n},Tx_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr). \end{aligned}
(25)
From (10) and (21), there exists $$N_{3}\in \mathbb {N}$$ (with $$N_{3} \geq N_{1}$$) such that for all $$n\geq N_{3}$$
\begin{aligned} &\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(x_{n},x^{*} \bigr),d(x_{n},Tx_{n}),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \frac {2d(x_{n},x^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx^{*})+d(x_{n},Tx_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \\ &\quad=d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
Now from (25), we get
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x_{n+1},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr), \quad\forall n\geq N_{3}. \end{aligned}
(26)
From (F3′) and (21), by taking the limit as $$n\rightarrow\infty$$ in (26), we obtain
$$\tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr),$$
which is a contradiction.
Now suppose part (II) of (22) is true, and $$d(x^{*},Tx^{*})>0$$. Note from (21) there exists $$N_{2} \in \mathbb {N}$$ such that $$d(T(Tx_{n}),Tx^{*})=d(x_{n+2},Tx^{*})>0$$ for $$n \geq N_{2}$$. Then from our assumption (with $$n \geq N_{2}$$) we have
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x_{n+2},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)={}& \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(T^{2}x_{n},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr) \\ \leq{}& F\biggl(\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(Tx_{n},x^{*} \bigr),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{d(Tx_{n},Tx^{*})+d(x^{*},T^{2}x_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ \leq{}& F\biggl(\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(Tx_{n},x^{*} \bigr),d \bigl(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n} \bigr),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{2d(Tx_{n},x^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx^{*})+d(Tx_{n},T^{2}x_{n})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ ={}& F\biggl(\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(x_{n+1},x^{*} \bigr),d(x_{n+1},Tx_{n+1}),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \\ &{} \frac{2d(x_{n+1},x^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx^{*})+d(x_{n+1},Tx_{n+1})}{4} \biggr\} \biggr). \end{aligned}
(27)
From (10) and (21), there exists $$N_{4}\in \mathbb {N}$$ (with $$N_{4} \geq N_{2}$$) such that for all $$n\geq N_{4}$$
\begin{aligned} &\max \biggl\{ d \bigl(x_{n+1},x^{*} \bigr),d(x_{n+1},Tx_{n+1}),d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr), \frac{2d(x_{n+1},x^{*})+d(x^{*},Tx^{*})+d(x_{n+1},Tx_{n+1})}{4} \biggr\} \\ &\quad =d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr). \end{aligned}
From (27), we get
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x_{n+2},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr), \quad\forall n\geq N_{4}. \end{aligned}
(28)
From (F3) and (21), taking the limit as $$n\rightarrow\infty$$ in (28), we obtain
$$\tau+F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr) \bigr),$$
which is a contradiction. Hence, we conclude that $$x^{*}$$ is a fixed point of T. □

### Definition 2.3

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric-like space. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a conditionally F-contraction of type (B) if there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$d(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x,Tx)< d(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)&\leq F \bigl(\max \bigl\{ d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty) \bigr\} \bigr). \end{aligned}
(29)

### Definition 2.4

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a metric-like space. A mapping $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ is said to be a conditionally F-contraction of type (C) if there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$d(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}d(x,Tx)< d(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow \quad\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)&\leq F \bigl(d(x,y) \bigr). \end{aligned}
(30)

### Theorem 2.5

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a complete metric-like space. If T is a conditionally F-contraction of type (B), then T has a fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Proof

Following the proof in Theorem 2.2, we easily conclude the result. □

### Theorem 2.6

Let $$(X,d)$$ be a complete metric-like space. If T is a conditionally F-contraction of type (C), then T has a fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Proof

It can easily be derived by following the proof in Theorem 2.2. □

Next we consider an example to illustrate our main result. We consider a mapping T which is not continuous, so not an F-contraction but it is a conditionally F-contraction of type (C).

### Example 2.7

Consider $$X=\{0,1,2\}$$. Let $$d:X\times X\to[0,\infty)$$ be a mapping defined by
\begin{aligned}& d(0,0)=d(1,1)=0,\qquad d(2,2)=5/2, \\& d(0,2)=d(2,0)=2,\qquad d(1,2)=d(2,1)=3, \\& d(0,1)=d(1,0)=3/2. \end{aligned}
It is clear that d is a metric-like. Note that $$d(2,2)\neq0$$, so d is not a metric. Clearly, $$(X,d)$$ is a complete metric-like space. Let $$T:X\to X$$ be given by
$$T0=0=T1 \quad\mbox{and}\quad T2=1.$$

Suppose that $$F(\alpha)=\frac{-1}{\alpha}+\alpha\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau\in(0,1/2)$$. Since T is not continuous, T is not a F-contraction by Remark 1.3.

We will consider the inequality
$$\frac{1}{2}d(x,Tx)< d(x,y),$$
(31)
where $$x, y\in X$$ with $$d(Tx,Ty)>0$$ and the inequality
$$\tau+F \bigl(d(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(d(x,y) \bigr)$$
(32)
for those $$x,y \in X$$ with $$d(Tx,Ty)>0$$ which satisfy (31).
Case 1: Let $$x=0$$. Now $$d(T0,T0)=d(T0,T1)= d(0,0)=0$$ so we need only consider $$y=2$$ in (31) and (32). Now (31) is true since
$$\frac{1}{2} d(0,T0)=0< d(0,2)=2.$$
Also note
$$d(T0,T2)= d(0,1)=\frac{3}{2}< 2=d(0,2).$$
Now inequality (32) is satisfied since
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d(T0,T2) \bigr)&=\tau-\frac{1}{d(T0,T2)}+d(T0,T2) \\ &\leq\tau-\frac{1}{d(0,2)}+\frac{3}{2} \leq\frac{1}{2} - \frac {1}{d(0,2)}+ \frac{3}{2} \\ &= -\frac{1}{ d(0,2)}+2 = -\frac{1}{ d(0,2)}+d(0,2)=F \bigl(d(0,2) \bigr). \end{aligned}
Case 2: Let $$x=1$$. Now $$d(T0,T1)=d(T1,T1)= d(0,0)=0$$ so we need only consider $$y=2$$ in (31) and (32). Now (31) is true since
$$\frac{1}{2} d(1,T1)=0< d(1,2)=3.$$
Also note
$$d(T1,T2)= d(0,1)=\frac{3}{2}< 3=d(1,2).$$
Now inequality (32) is satisfied since
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(d(T1,T2) \bigr)&=\tau-\frac{1}{d(T1,T2)}+d(T1,T2) \\ &\leq\tau-\frac{1}{d(1,2)}+\frac{3}{2} \leq\frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{d(1,2)}+ \frac{3}{2} = -\frac{1}{ d(1,2)}+2 \\ & \leq-\frac{1}{ d(1,2)}+3= -\frac{1}{ d(1,2)}+d(1,2)=F \bigl(d(1,2) \bigr). \end{aligned}
Case 3: Let $$x=2$$. Now $$d(T2,T2)=0$$ so we need only consider the case $$y\in\{0,1\}$$. Note $$d(T2,T1)=d(1,0)>0$$, $$d(T2,T0)=d(1,0)>0$$, and also note
$$\frac{1}{2}d(2,T2)=\frac{1}{2}d(1, 2)=\frac{3}{2}$$
and
$$d(2,0)=2,\qquad d(2,1)=3,$$
so (31) holds.
Note
$$d(T2,T0)= d(1,0)= \frac{3}{2} < 2=d(2,0)$$
and
$$d(T2,T1)= d(1,0)= \frac{3}{2} < 3=d(2,1),$$
so
$$\tau+F \bigl(d(T2,T0) \bigr) \leq F \bigl(d(2,0) \bigr)$$
follows as in Case 1 and
$$\tau+F \bigl(d(T2,T1) \bigr) \leq F \bigl(d(2,1) \bigr)$$
follows as in Case 2.

Hence T is a conditionally F-contraction of type (C). It is clear that 0 is the fixed point of T.

## 3 Consequences

In [14, 20], Matthews introduced the notion of partial metric, a generalization of a metric, as a part of the study of denotational semantics of dataflow networks.

### Definition 3.1

(See )

Let X be a non-empty set. A mapping $$p \colon X \times X\to \mathbb{R}^{+}_{0}$$ is said to be a partial metric on X if for all $$x, y, z \in X$$ the following conditions are satisfied:
(p1):

$$x=y$$ if and only if $$p(x,x)=p(x,y)=p(y,y)$$;

(p2):

$$p(x, x) \leq p(x,y)$$;

(p3):

$$p(x, y) = p(y,x)$$;

(p4):

$$p(x, z)\leq p(x, y) + p(y, z)-p(y,y)$$.

In this case, the pair $$(X, p)$$ is called a partial metric space (PMS).

Notice that the function $$d_{p}:X\times X\rightarrow{\mathbb{R}}^{+}$$ defined by $$d_{p}(x,y)=2p(x,y)-p(x,x)-p(y,y)$$ satisfies the conditions of a metric on X. Each partial metric p on X generates a $$T_{0}$$ topology $$\tau_{p}$$ on X, whose base is a family of open p-balls $$\{ B_{p}(x,\varepsilon): x\in X, \varepsilon>0 \}$$ where $$B_{p}(x,\varepsilon)= \{ y\in X:p(x,y)\leq p(x,x)+\varepsilon\}$$ for all $$x\in X$$ and $$\varepsilon>0$$. Consequently, it is easy to consider several topological concepts. A sequence $$\{x_{n} \}$$ in the PMS $$(X,p)$$ converges to the limit x if $$p(x,x)=\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} p(x,x_{n})$$ and is said to be a Cauchy sequence if $$\lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty} p(x_{n},x_{m})$$ exists and is finite. A PMS $$(X,p)$$ is called complete if every Cauchy sequence $$\{x_{n} \}$$ in X converges with respect to $$\tau_{p}$$, to a point $$x\in X$$ such that $$p(x,x)=\lim_{n,m\rightarrow\infty} p(x_{n},x_{m})$$. For more details, see e.g. [14, 2040] and the related references therein.

### Lemma 3.2

(See e.g. [21, 22])

Let $$(X,p)$$ be a complete PMS. Then
1. (A)

If $$p(x,y)=0$$ then $$x=y$$.

2. (B)

If $$x\neq y$$, then $$p(x,y)>0$$.

3. (C)

A sequence $$\{x_{n}\}$$ is a Cauchy sequence in the PMS $$(X,p)$$ if and only if it is a Cauchy sequence in the metric space $$(X,d_{p})$$.

4. (D)
A PMS $$(X,p)$$ is complete if and only if the metric space $$(X,d_{p})$$ is complete. Moreover,
$$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}d_{p}(x,x_{n})=0 \quad\Leftrightarrow\quad p(x,x) =\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} p(x,x_{n})=\lim _{n,m\rightarrow\infty} p(x_{n},x_{m}).$$
(33)

5. (E)

Assume $$x_{n}\rightarrow z$$ as $$n\rightarrow\infty$$ in a PMS $$(X,p)$$ such that $$p(z,z)=0$$. Then $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} p(x_{n},y)=p(z,y)$$ for every $$y \in X$$.

Now we derive the analog of Theorem 2.2 in the context of partial metric spaces. In fact, in the following theorem we conclude not only the existence of a fixed point of the given mapping but also the uniqueness.

### Theorem 3.3

Let $$(X,p)$$ be a complete partial metric space and let $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ be a self-mapping. Suppose that there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$p(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \begin{aligned} &\frac{1}{2}p(x,Tx)< p(x,y)\\ &\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(p(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ p(x,y),p(x,Tx),p(y,Ty), \frac{p(x,Ty)+p(y,Tx)}{2} \biggr\} \biggr). \end{aligned} \end{aligned}
(34)
Then T has a unique fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Proof

Since every partial metric space is a metric-like space, we obtain the proof by following the proof in Theorem 2.2. Note that the expression $$\frac{p(x,Ty)+p(y,Tx)}{4}$$ in the inequality (3) is replaced by $$\frac{p(x,Ty)+p(y,Tx)}{2}$$ in the inequality (34). This difference arises due to assumptions (p2) and (p4) of partial metric spaces. Hence, taking (p2) and (p4) into account, following the proof in Theorem 2.2 yields the existence of a fixed point ($$x^{*}\in X$$) of T.

We now show the uniqueness of the fixed point of T. Suppose there is another fixed point $$y^{*}\in X$$ of T, such that $$x^{*}\neq y^{*}$$. Thus from Lemma 3.2, we have $$p(x^{*},y^{*})>0$$. From (p2), we have
$$\frac{1}{2}p \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr)=\frac{1}{2}p \bigl(x^{*},x^{*} \bigr)< p \bigl(x^{*},x^{*} \bigr)\leq p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr).$$
Thus, from (p2), we obtain (note $$p(Tx^{*},Ty^{*})=p(x^{*},y^{*})>0$$)
\begin{aligned} \tau+F \bigl(p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr) \bigr)={}& \tau+F \bigl(p \bigl(Tx^{*},Ty^{*} \bigr) \bigr) \\ \leq{}& F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(x^{*},Tx^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(y^{*},Ty^{*} \bigr), \frac{p(x^{*},Ty^{*})+p(y^{*},Tx^{*})}{2} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ ={}&F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(x^{*},x^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(y^{*},y^{*} \bigr), \frac{p(x^{*},y^{*})+p(y^{*},x^{*})}{2} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ \leq{}& F \biggl(\max \biggl\{ p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr),p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr) \frac{p(x^{*},y^{*})+p(y^{*},x^{*})}{2} \biggr\} \biggr) \\ ={}&F\bigl(p \bigl(x^{*},y^{*} \bigr)\bigr). \end{aligned}
This is a contradiction, and hence $$x^{*}=y^{*}$$. □

The following two theorems can be obtained easily by repeating the steps in the proof of Theorem 3.3.

### Theorem 3.4

Let $$(X,p)$$ be a complete partial metric space and let $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ be a self-mapping. Suppose that there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$p(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}p(x,Tx)< p(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(p(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(\max \bigl\{ p(x,y),p(x,Tx),p(y,Ty) \bigr\} \bigr). \end{aligned}
(35)
Then T has a unique fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Theorem 3.5

Let $$(X,p)$$ be a complete partial metric space and let $$T:X\rightarrow X$$ be a self-mapping. Suppose that there exist $$F\in\mathfrak{F}$$ and $$\tau>0$$ such that, for all $$x,y\in X$$ with $$p(Tx,Ty)>0$$,
\begin{aligned} \frac{1}{2}p(x,Tx)< p(x,y)\quad\Rightarrow\quad\tau+F \bigl(p(Tx,Ty) \bigr)\leq F \bigl(p(x,y) \bigr). \end{aligned}
(36)
Then T has a unique fixed point $$x^{*}\in X$$.

### Remark 3.6

On can also easily conclude that the analog of Theorem 3.3-Theorem 3.5 in the context of metric spaces since each metric space is a partial metric space.

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### Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR), King Abdulaziz University, under grant no. (55-130-35-HiCi). The authors, therefore, acknowledge technical and financial support of KAU.

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## Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Department of Mathematics, Atılım University, Incek, Ankara, 06836, Turkey
(2)
Nonlinear Analysis and Applied Mathematics Research Group (NAAM), King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
(3)
Department of Mathematics, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 80203, Jeddah, 21589, Saudi Arabia
(4)
Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Basic Science, University of Bonab, P.O. Box 5551-761167, Bonab, Iran
(5)
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

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