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Approximate pexiderized gamma-beta type functions

Abstract

We show that every unbounded approximate pexiderized gamma-beta type function has a gamma-beta type. That is, we obtain the superstability of the pexiderized gamma-beta type functional equation

β(x,y)f(x+y)=g(x)h(y)

and also investigate the superstability as the following form:

| β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) 1 | φ(x,y).

MSC:39B72, 38B22, 39B82.

1 Introduction

In 1940, Ulam gave a wide ranging talk in the Mathematical Club of the University of Wisconsin in which he discussed a number of important unsolved problems (ref. [1]). Among those there was a question concerning the stability of homomorphisms: Let G 1 be a group and let G 2 be a metric group with a metric d(,). Given ϵ>0, does there exist a δ>0 such that if a mapping h: G 1 G 2 satisfies the inequality d(h(xy),h(x)h(y))<δ for all x,y G 1 , then there exists a homomorphism H: G 1 G 2 with d(h(x),H(x))<ϵ for all x G 1 ? In the next year, Hyers [2] answered the question of Ulam for the case where G 1 and G 2 are Banach spaces. Furthermore, the result of Hyers was generalized by Rassias [3]. Since then, the stability problems of various functional equations have been investigated by many authors (ref. [4]).

Baker, Lawrence and Zorzitto [5] proved the Hyers-Ulam stability of the Cauchy exponential equation f(x+y)=f(x)f(y). That is, if the Cauchy difference f(x+y)f(x)f(y) of a real-valued function f defined on a real vector space is bounded for all x, y, then f is either bounded or exponential. Their result was generalized by Baker [6]: Let S be a semi-group and let f:SE be a mapping where E is a normed algebra in which the norm is multiplicative. If f satisfies the functional inequality f(xy)f(x)f(y)δ for all x,yS, then f is either bounded or multiplicative. That is, every unbounded approximate multiplicative function is multiplicative. Such a phenomenon for functional equations is called the superstability.

The author [7] proved superstability of the pexiderized multiplicative functional equation

f(x+y)=g(x)h(x),

and the author and Kim [8] also obtained superstability of the gamma-beta type functional equation

β(x,y)f(x+y)=f(x)f(y),

where β(x,y) is a beta-type function.

In this paper, we generalize it to the pexiderized gamma-beta type functional equation

β(x,y)f(x+y)=g(x)h(y).
(1.1)

And then we prove the superstability of this equation and obtain the superstability in the sense of Ger [9].

2 Definitions and solutions

Throughout this paper, we denote by D an additive subset (that is, x+yD for all x,yD) of R containing all positive integers Z + .

Definition 1 Let a function β:D×DR{0} satisfy the following conditions (a)(e):

  1. (a)

    β(x,y)=β(y,x) (x,yD),

  2. (b)

    |β(n,m)|1 (n,m Z + ),

  3. (c)

    β ( x , y ) β ( z , x + y ) β ( x , y + z ) β ( y , z ) =1 (x,yD),

  4. (d)

    lim n i = 1 n 1 |β(im,m)|=0 (m Z + ),

  5. (e)

    |β(x,n)|< (n Z + and fixed xD).

Then we call β a beta-type function.

Definition 2 Let a function φ:D[0,) and a beta-type function β:D×DR{0} be given. If a function f:DR satisfies that

| β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) | φ(x,y)

for all (x,y)D×D, then we call f a {φ,β}-approximate gamma-beta type function. In the case of φ=0, we call f a gamma-beta type function.

Definition 3 Let a function φ:D[0,) and a beta-type function β:D×DR{0} be given. If a function f:DR satisfies that

| β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) | φ(x,y)

for all (x,y)D×D and for some functions g,h:DR, then we call f a {φ,β}-approximate pexiderized gamma-beta type function. In the case of φ=0, we call f a pexiderized gamma-beta type function.

Examples and solutions

If f,g,h: R + R + are functions satisfying equation (1.1) and β(x,y)= 1 a x y (a>1), then β is a beta-type function and f(x)= a x 2 2 + 3 , g(x)= a x 2 2 + 2 , h(x)= a x 2 2 + 1 are solutions of it.

Now, we consider the gamma and the beta functions. Note that the beta function B(x,y) is defined by

B(x,y)= 0 1 t x 1 ( 1 t ) y 1 dt(x>0,y>0)

and the gamma function is defined by

Γ(x)= 0 e t t x 1 dt(x>0).

It is well known that B and Γ satisfy the gamma-beta functional equation

B(x,y)Γ(x+y)=Γ(x)Γ(y)
(2.1)

for all x,y(0,). Also, B(x,y)=B(y,x) and

B(n,m)= Γ ( n ) Γ ( m ) Γ ( n + m ) = ( n 1 ) ! ( m 1 ) ! ( n + m 1 ) ! <1

for all x,y(0,) and nonnegative integers n, m. By (2.1), we have

i = 1 n 1 B ( i m , m ) = Γ ( m ) Γ ( m ) Γ ( 2 m ) Γ ( 2 m ) Γ ( m ) Γ ( 3 m ) Γ ( ( n 1 ) m ) Γ ( m ) Γ ( n m ) = Γ ( m ) n Γ ( n m ) = [ ( m 1 ) ! ] n ( n m 1 ) ! 0

as n and

B ( x , y ) B ( z , x + y ) B ( x , y + z ) B ( y , z ) =1

for all x,y,z(0,). Also, for all x(0,) and n Z + ,

B(x,n)= Γ ( n ) Γ ( x ) Γ ( x + n ) = ( n 1 ) ! ( x + n 1 ) ( x + n 2 ) ( x + 1 ) x < 1 x .

Thus, B:(0,)×(0,)(0,) is a beta-type function and Γ is a gamma-beta type function.

If β(x,y) is the beta function and

f(x)=6 a x + 1 Γ(x),g(x)=3 a x Γ(x),h(x)=2 a x + 1 Γ(x),

then f,g,h are the solutions of equation (1.1).

3 Superstability of a gamma-beta type functional equation

The following Theorem 1 with ϕ(x)=δ states that every unbounded approximate pexiderized gamma-beta type function is a gamma-beta type function.

Theorem 1 Let a function ϕ:D[0,) be given and let φ(x,y)=min{ϕ(x),ϕ(y)}. Suppose that β:D×DR{0} is a beta-type function and f,g,h:DR are functions such that f is a {φ,β}-approximate gamma-beta type function, f(s)=g(s) for some sD and

| β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) | φ(x,y)
(3.1)

for all (x,y)D×D.

  1. (a)

    If h is unbounded, then f and g are unbounded gamma-beta type functions.

  2. (b)

    If |g(m)|max{2,(8ϕ(s)+4ϕ(m))/|h(m)||g(s)|} for some positive integer m, then f and g are unbounded gamma-beta type functions.

Proof (a) Suppose that h is unbounded. Since f is a {φ,β}-approximate gamma-beta type function,

| h ( x ) f ( x ) | = 1 | g ( s ) | | g ( s ) h ( x ) f ( s ) f ( x ) | | β ( x , s ) f ( x + s ) f ( x ) f ( s ) | + | β ( x , s ) f ( x + s ) h ( x ) g ( s ) | | g ( s ) | 2 ϕ ( s ) | g ( s ) |
(3.2)

for all xD. Also, since

| g ( x ) h ( y ) g ( y ) h ( x ) | | g ( x ) h ( y ) β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) | + | β ( y , x ) f ( x + y ) g ( y ) h ( x ) | 2 ϕ ( y ) ,

we have

| g ( x ) | | h ( x ) | | g ( y ) + 2 ϕ ( y ) h ( y ) |

and

| h ( x ) | | g ( x ) | | h ( y ) + 2 ϕ ( y ) g ( y ) |

for all xD and for fixed yD. Thus, f and g are unbounded. By the unboundedness of h, we can choose a sequence { y n } in Z + such that |h( y n )| as n. By the conditions (a), (c) and (e) of the beta-type function β and (3.2), we have

(3.3)

for all sufficiently large y n and (x,y)D×D. It follows from (3.3) by dividing |h( y n )| that

β(x,y)g(x,y)=g(x)g(y)

for all (x,y)D×D. Also, by letting f=g=h in (3.3) and using the property of an approximate gamma-beta type function, we have

β(x,y)f(x,y)=f(x)f(y)

for all (x,y)D×D.

  1. (b)

    If we replace x by m and also y by m in (3.1), respectively, we get

    | β ( m , m ) f ( 2 m ) g ( m ) h ( m ) | ϕ(m).

Note that |f(x)h(x)|2ϕ(s)/|g(s)| from the proof of (a). An induction argument implies that for all n2,

(3.4)

To prove the inequality (3.4) by the induction, suppose that the inequality (3.4) holds for k=n2. Let k=n+1. Then we have

for all n2. And thus we get

for all n2. By the induction, the inequality (3.4) holds for all nZ+. Note that

i = 1 n 1 β(im,m)<,and | g ( m ) n 1 | as n.

By dividing g ( m ) n 1 h(m) by (3.4), we get

for all positive integer n. Thus, we can easily show that

| f ( n m ) | as n.

Thus, f is unbounded and so h is unbounded. By (a), we complete the proof. □

Corollary 1 Let δ>0 be given and β(x,y) be a beta-type function on (0,). Suppose that f is a function from (0,) into (0,) with f(m)max{2, ( 12 δ ) 1 / 3 } for some positive integer m such that

| β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) | δ

for all x,y(0,). Then

β(x,y)f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)

for all x,y(0,).

Proof By Theorem 1 with ϕ(x)=δ and s=m, we complete the proof. □

Corollary 2 Let δ>0 be given. Suppose that h,g:(0,)(0,) are functions with g(1)=1, h is unbounded, |g(m)|max(2, 12 δ ) for some positive integer m and

| B ( x , y ) Γ ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) | δ

for all x,y(0,), where B(x,y) is the beta function and Γ(x) is the gamma function. Then

B(x,y)g(x+y)=g(x)g(y)

for all x,y(0,).

Corollary 3 Let δ>0 and a>1 be given. Suppose that f:(0,)(0,) is a function with |f(m)|max{2, ( 12 δ ) 1 / 3 } for some positive integer m and

| 1 a x y f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) | δ

for all x,y(0,). Then

f(x+y)= a x y f(x)f(y)

for all x,y(0,).

Proof Let β(x,y)= 1 a x y for all x,y(0,). Then β(x,y)=β(y,x) and 0<β(x,y)<1. Also,

β ( x , y ) β ( z , x + y ) β ( x , y + z ) β ( y , z ) = a x ( y + z ) a y z a x y a z ( x + y ) =1

for all x,y,z(0,) and

i = 1 n 1 β(im,m)= i = 1 n 1 1 a i m 2 0

as n. Also, β(x,n)< for fixed x. Thus, β(x,y) is a beta-type function. By Theorem 1 with ϕ(x)=δ and s=m, we complete the proof. □

Corollary 4 Let δ>0 and k>1 be given. Suppose that f:RR is a function with |f(m)|max{2, ( 12 δ ) 1 / 3 } for some positive integer m such that

| 1 k f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) | δ

for all x,yR. Then

f(x+y)=kf(x)f(y)

for all x,yR.

Proof By Theorem 1 with β(x,y)= 1 k ,s=m and ϕ(x)=δ, we complete the proof. □

4 Superstability of a gamma-beta type functional equation in the sense of Ger

Ger [9] suggested a new type of stability for the exponential equation of the following form:

| f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) 1|δ.

In this section, the superstability problem in the sense of Ger for a gamma-beta type functional equation will be investigated.

Theorem 2 Let φ:D×D(0,1) be a function such that φ(x, y n )0 as y n and let a beta-type function β:D×D(0,) be given.

  1. (a)

    Suppose that a function f:D(0,) satisfies

    | β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) 1|φ(x,y)
    (4.1)

for all (x,y)D×D. Then

β(x,y)f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)

for all (x,y)D×D.

  1. (b)

    Suppose that the inequality (4.1) holds and functions f,g,h:D(0,) satisfy

    | β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) 1|φ(x,y)
    (4.2)

for all (x,y)D×D. If f(s)=g(s) for some sD, then

β(x,y)g(x+y)=g(x)g(y)

for all (x,y)D×D.

  1. (c)

    Suppose that the inequalities (4.1) and (4.2) hold. If f(s)=h(s) for some sD and φ(x,y)=φ(y,x), then

    β(x,y)h(x+y)=h(x)h(y)

for all (x,y)D×D.

Proof (a) Choose a sequence { y n } in D such that y n . For all x,y, y n D, we have

β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) = f ( x + y ) f ( y n ) β ( x + y , y n ) f ( x + y + y n ) β ( x , y + y n ) f ( x + y + y n ) f ( x ) f ( y + y n ) β ( y , y n ) f ( y + y n ) f ( y ) f ( y n ) β ( x , y ) β ( x + y , y n ) β ( x , y + y n ) β ( y , y n ) .

By the condition (c) of a beta-type function β and (4.1), we have

for all x,yD. Thus, we complete the proof of (a).

(b) Choose a sequence { y n } in D such that y n . For all y, y n D, we have

h ( y + y n ) f ( y + y n ) = β ( s , y + y n ) f ( s + y + y n ) f ( y + y n ) f ( s ) g ( s ) h ( y + y n ) β ( s , y + y n ) f ( s + y + y n )

and for all x,y, y n D, we get

β ( x , y ) g ( x + y ) g ( x ) g ( y ) = g ( x + y ) h ( y n ) β ( x + y , y n ) f ( x + y + y n ) β ( x , y + y n ) f ( x + y + y n ) g ( x ) h ( y + y n ) h ( y + y n ) f ( y + y n ) β ( y , y n ) f ( y + y n ) g ( y ) h ( y n ) β ( x , y ) β ( x + y , y n ) β ( x , y + y n ) β ( y , y n ) .

By the condition (c) of a beta-type function β and (4.2), we have

for all x,yD. Thus, we complete the proof of (b). Similarly, we obtain (c) from (b). □

Remark 1 Consider the following inequalities: For all (x,y)D×D,

1 1 + φ ( x , y ) β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) 1+φ(x,y)
(4.3)

and

1 1 + φ ( x , y ) β ( x , y ) f ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) 1+φ(x,y),
(4.4)

where φ:D×D(0,) is a function such that φ(x, y n )0 as y n . If we replace the inequality (4.1) by (4.3) and (4.2) by (4.3) respectively, then we have the same result as Theorem 2.

Corollary 5 Let φ:(0,)×(0,)(0,1) be a function such that φ(x, y n )0 as y n and let the beta function B and the gamma function Γ be given. If functions g,h:(0,)(0,) satisfy

| B ( x , y ) Γ ( x + y ) g ( x ) h ( y ) 1|φ(x,y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,). If g(1)=1, then

β(x,y)g(x+y)=g(x)g(y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,).

Corollary 6 Let φ:(0,)×(0,1)(0,) be a function such that φ(x, y n )0 as y n and let a>1 be given. If a function f:(0,)(0,) satisfies

| 1 a x y f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) 1|φ(x,y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,), then

1 a x y f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,).

Corollary 7 Let φ:(0,)×(0,)(0,1) be a function such that φ(x, y n )0 as y n and let k>1 be given. If a function f:(0,)(0,) satisfies

| 1 k f ( x + y ) f ( x ) f ( y ) 1|φ(x,y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,), then

1 k f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)

for all (x,y)(0,)×(0,).

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