# A generalization for the best proximity point of Geraghty-contractions

- Nurcan Bilgili
^{1}, - Erdal Karapınar
^{2}Email author and - Kishin Sadarangani
^{3}

**2013**:286

**DOI: **10.1186/1029-242X-2013-286

© Bilgili et al.; licensee Springer 2013

**Received: **6 February 2013

**Accepted: **22 May 2013

**Published: **6 June 2013

## Abstract

In this paper, we introduce the notion of Geraghty-contractions and consider the related best proximity point in the context of a metric space. We state an example to illustrate our result.

**MSC:** 47H10, 54H25, 46J10, 46J15.

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

Fixed point theory and best proximity theory are very important tools in nonlinear functional analysis. These related research areas have wide application potential in various branches of mathematics and different disciplines such as economics, engineering. One of the most impressive results in this direction, known as the Banach contraction mapping principle, was given by Banach: Every contraction on a complete metric space has a unique fixed point. This celebrated result has been generalized in several ways in various abstract spaces. In particular, one of the interesting generalizations of the Banach contraction mapping principle was given by Geraghty [1].

**Theorem 1** (Geraghty [1])

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space and let*$T:X\to X$

*be an operator*.

*Suppose that there exists*$\beta :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1)$

*satisfying the condition*

*If*

*T*

*satisfies the following inequality*:

*then* *T* *has a unique fixed point*.

It is clear that some mapping on a complete metric space has no fixed point, that is, $d(x,Tx)>0$ for all $x\in X$. In this case, it is natural to ask the existence and uniqueness of the smallest value of $d(x,Tx)$. This is the main motivation of a best proximity point. This research subject has attracted attention of a number of authors; see, *e.g.*, [1–19].

First we recall fundamental definitions and basic results in this direction.

Let *A* and *B* be nonempty subsets of a metric space $(X,d)$. A mapping $T:A\to B$ is called a *k*-contraction if there exists $k\in [0,1)$ such that $d(Tx,Ty)\le kd(x,y)$ for any $x,y\in A$. Notice that the *k*-contraction coincides with the Banach contraction mapping principle if one takes $A=B$, where *A* is a complete subset of *X*. A point ${x}^{\ast}$ is called the best proximity of *T* if $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=d(A,B)$, where $d(A,B)=inf\{d(x,y):x\in A,y\in B\}$.

*A*and

*B*be two nonempty subsets of a metric space $(X,d)$. We denote by ${A}_{0}$ and ${B}_{0}$ the following sets:

*F*the set of all functions $\beta :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1)$ satisfying the following property:

**Definition 2** (See [2])

*A*,

*B*be two nonempty subsets of a metric space $(X,d)$. A mapping $T:A\to B$ is said to be a Geraghty-contraction if there exists $\beta \in F$ such that

Very recently Raj [10, 11] introduced the notion of *P*-property as follows.

**Definition 3**Let $(A,B)$ be a pair of nonempty subsets of a metric space $(X,d)$ with ${A}_{0}\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. Then the pair $(A,B)$ is said to have the

*P*-property if and only if for any ${x}_{1},{x}_{2}\in {A}_{0}$ and ${y}_{1},{y}_{2}\in {B}_{0}$,

**Example 4** (See, *e.g.*, [11])

Let *A* be a nonempty subset of a metric space $(X,d)$. It is evident that the pair $(A,A)$ has the *P*-property. Let $(A,B)$ be any pair of nonempty, closed, convex subsets of a real Hilbert space *H*. Then $(A,B)$ has the *P*-property.

**Theorem 5** (See [2])

*Let* $(A,B)$ *be a pair of nonempty closed subsets of a complete metric space* $(X,d)$ *such that* ${A}_{0}$ *is nonempty*. *Let* $T:A\to B$ *be a continuous*, *Geraghty*-*contraction satisfying* $T({A}_{0})\subseteq {B}_{0}$. *Suppose that the pair* $(A,B)$ *has the* *P*-*property*. *Then there exists a unique* ${x}^{\ast}$ *in* *A* *such that* $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=d(A,B)$.

The subject of this paper is to generalize, improve and extend the results of Caballero, Harjani and Sadarangani [2]. For this purpose, we first define the notion of generalized Geraghty-contraction as follows.

**Definition 6**Let

*A*,

*B*be two nonempty subsets of a metric space $(X,d)$. A mapping $T:A\to B$ is said to be a generalized Geraghty-contraction if there exists $\beta \in F$ such that

where $M(x,y)=max\{d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty)\}$.

**Remark 7**Notice that since $\beta :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1)$, we have

where $M(x,y)=max\{d(x,y),d(x,Tx),d(y,Ty)\}$.

## 2 Main results

We start this section with our main result.

**Theorem 8** *Let* $(X,d)$ *be a complete metric space*. *Suppose that* $(A,B)$ *is a pair of nonempty closed subsets of* *X* *and* ${A}_{0}$ *is nonempty*. *Suppose also that the pair* $(A,B)$ *has the* *P*-*property*. *If a non*-*self*-*mapping* $T:A\to B$ *is a generalized Geraghty*-*contraction satisfying* $T({A}_{0})\subseteq {B}_{0}$, *then there exists a unique best proximity point*, *that is*, *there exists* ${x}^{\ast}$ *in* *A* *such that* $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=d(A,B)$.

*Proof*Let us fix an element ${x}_{0}$ in ${A}_{0}$. Since $T{x}_{0}\in T({A}_{0})\subseteq {B}_{0}$, we can find ${x}_{1}\in {A}_{0}$ such that $d({x}_{1},T{x}_{0})=d(A,B)$. Further, as $T{x}_{1}\in T({A}_{0})\subseteq {B}_{0}$, there is an element ${x}_{2}$ in ${A}_{0}$ such that $d({x}_{2},T{x}_{1})=d(A,B)$. Recursively, we obtain a sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ in ${A}_{0}$ with the following property:

*P*-property, we derive that

*T*is a generalized Geraghty-contraction, we derive that

*P*-property, then, for all $m,n\in \mathbb{N}$, we can write, $d({x}_{m},{x}_{n})=d(T{x}_{m-1},T{x}_{n-1})$. We also have

*β*, we have ${lim}_{m,n\to \mathrm{\infty}}M({x}_{n},{x}_{m})=0$. Consequently, we have ${lim}_{m,n\to \mathrm{\infty}}d({x}_{n},{x}_{m})=0$, a contradiction. Hence, we conclude that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ is Cauchy. Since

*A*is a closed subset of the complete metric space $(X,d)$ and $\{{x}_{n}\}\subset A$, and we can find ${x}^{\ast}\in A$ such that ${x}_{n}\to {x}^{\ast}$ as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$. We assert that $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=d(A,B)$. Suppose, on the contrary, that $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})>d(A,B)$. First, we obtain the following inequalities:

As a result, we deduce that $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=0>d(A,B)$, a contradiction. So, $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})\le d(A,B)$ and hence $d({x}^{\ast},T{x}^{\ast})=d(A,B)$, ${x}^{\ast}$ is a best proximity point of *T*. Hence, we conclude that *T* has a best proximity point.

We claim that the best proximity point of *T* is unique.

*T*. Thus, we have

*P*-property, we find

*T*is a generalized Geraghty-contraction, we have

a contradiction. This completes the proof. □

**Remark 9** Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and *A* be any nonempty subset of *X*. It is evident that a pair $(A,A)$ satisfies the *P*-property.

**Corollary 10** *Suppose that* $(X,d)$ *is a complete metric space and* *A* *is a nonempty closed subset of* *X*. *If a self*-*mapping* $T:A\to A$ *is a generalized Geraghty*-*contraction*, *then it has a unique fixed point*.

*Proof* Taking Remark 9 into consideration, we conclude the desired result by applying Theorem 8 with $A=B$. □

In order to illustrate our main result, we present the following example.

**Example 11**Suppose that $X={\mathbb{R}}^{2}$ with the metric

Since $d(A,B)=0$, the pair $(A,B)$ has the *P*-property.

Notice that ${A}_{0}=(0,0)$ and ${B}_{0}=(0,0)$ and $T({A}_{0})\subseteq {B}_{0}$.

where $\beta :[0,\mathrm{\infty})\to [0,1)$ is defined as $\beta (t)=\frac{t}{1+t}$.

Notice that *β* is nondecreasing since ${\beta}^{\prime}(t)=\frac{1}{{(1+t)}^{2}}$.

and it is easily seen that the function $\gamma (t)=\frac{\beta (t)}{t}=\frac{1}{1+t}$ belongs to *F*.

The point $({x}^{\ast},0)\in A$ is $(0,0)\in A$.

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