# Some fixed point results for multi-valued mappings in *b*-metric spaces

- Marwan Amin Kutbi
^{1}, - Erdal Karapınar
^{2, 3}Email author, - Jamshaid Ahmad
^{4}and - Akbar Azam
^{4}

**2014**:126

https://doi.org/10.1186/1029-242X-2014-126

© Kutbi et al.; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **1 November 2013

**Accepted: **17 March 2014

**Published: **28 March 2014

## Abstract

The aim of this paper is to establish some fixed point theorems for set-valued mappings in the context of *b*-metric spaces. The proposed theorems expand and generalize several well-known comparable results in the literature. An example is also given to support our main result.

**MSC:** 46S40, 47H10, 54H25.

## Keywords

*b*-metric space

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

The notion of metric space, introduced by Fréchet in 1906, is one of the cornerstones of not only mathematics but also several quantitative sciences. Due to its importance and application potential, this notion has been extended, improved and generalized in many different ways. An incomplete list of the results of such an attempt is the following: quasi-metric space, symmetric space, partial metric space, cone metric space, *G*-metric space, probabilistic metric space, fuzzy metric space and so on.

In this paper, we pay attention to the concept of *b*-metric space. The notion of *b*-metric space was introduced by Czerwik [1] in 1993 to extend the notion of metric space. In this interesting paper, Czerwik [1] observed a characterization of the celebrated Banach fixed point theorem [2] in the context of complete *b*-metric spaces. Following this pioneer paper, several authors have devoted their attention to research the properties of a *b*-metric space and have reported the existence and uniqueness of fixed points of various operators in the setting of *b*-metric spaces (see, *e.g.*, [3–12] and some reference therein).

The aim of this paper is to generalize various known results proved by Kikkawa and Suzuki [13], Mot and Petrusel [14], Dhompongsa and Yingtaweesittikul [15] to the case of *b*-metric spaces and give an example to illustrate our main results.

**Definition 1** Let *X* be any nonempty set. An element *x* in *X* is said to be a fixed point of a multi-valued mapping $T:X\to {2}^{X}$ if $x\in Tx$, where ${2}^{X}$ denotes the collection of all nonempty subsets of *X*.

*X*. In the sequel, we use the following notations:

for any $A,B\in CB(X)$.

Notice that *H* is called the Hausdorff metric induced by the metric *d*.

We start with recalling some basic definitions and lemmas on *b*-metric spaces. The definition of a *b*-metric space is given by Czerwik [1] (see also [4, 5]) as follows.

**Definition 2** Let *X* be a nonempty set *X* and $s\ge 1$ be a given real number. A function $d:X\times X\to {\mathbb{R}}_{+}$ is called a *b*-metric provided that, for all $x,y,z\in X$,

(bms_{1}) $d(x,x)=0$,

(bms_{2}) $d(x,y)=d(y,x)$,

(bms_{3}) $d(x,z)\le s(d(x,y)+d(y,z))$.

Note that a (usual) metric space is evidently a *b*-metric space. However, Czerwik [1, 4] showed that a *b*-metric on *X* need not be a metric on *X* (see also [5, 16, 17]). The following example shows that a *b*-metric on *X* need not be a metric on *X*.

**Example 1** (*cf.* [18])

Let $X=\{a,b,c\}$ and $d(a,c)=d(2,c)=m\ge 2$, $d(c,b)=d(b,a)=d(b,c)=d(c,b)=1$, and $d(a,a)=d(b,b)=d(c,c)=0$. Then $d(x,y)\le \frac{m}{2}[d(x,z)+d(z,y)]$ for all $x,y,z\in X$. If $m>2$, then the ordinary triangle inequality does not hold.

Let $(X,d)$ be a *b*-metric space. We cite the following lemmas from Czerwik [1, 4, 5] and Singh *et al.* [18].

**Lemma 1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a*

*b*-

*metric space*.

*For any*$A,B\in CB(X)$

*and any*$x,y\in X$,

*we have the following*:

- (1)
$d(x,B)\le d(x,b)$

*for any*$b\in B$, - (2)
$d(x,B)\le H(A,B)$,

- (3)
$d(x,A)\le s(d(x,y)+d(y,B))$.

**Remark 1**Let $(X,d)$ be a

*b*-metric space and

*A*be a nonempty set in $(X,d)$ and $x\in A$, then we have

where $\overline{A}$ denotes the closure of *A* with respect to the induced metric *d*. Note that *A* is closed in $(X,d)$ if and only if $\overline{A}=A$.

**Remark 2** The mapping *d* in a *b*-metric space $(X,d)$ need not be jointly continuous (see, *e.g.*, [19, 20]).

**Lemma 2** *Let* *A* *and* *B* *be nonempty closed and bounded subsets of a* *b*-*metric space* $(X,d)$ *and* $q>1$. *Then*, *for all* $a\in A$, *there exists* $b\in B$ *such that* $d(a,b)\le qH(A,B)$.

**Lemma 3** *Let* $(X,d)$ *be a* *b*-*metric space*. *Let* *A* *and* *B* *be in* $CB(X)$. *Then*, *for each* $\alpha >0$ *and for all* $b\in B$, *there exists* $a\in A$ *such that* $d(a,b)\le H(A,B)+\alpha $.

The following result was proved by Aydi *et al.* in [21].

**Theorem 1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete*

*b*-

*metric space and let*$F:X\to CB(X)$

*be a multi*-

*valued mapping such that for all*$x,y\in X$,

*where*$0\le r<\frac{1}{{s}^{2}+s}<1$

*and*

*Then* *F* *has a fixed point in* *X*, *that is*, *there exists* $u\in X$ *such that* $u\in Fu$.

The following preliminary lemma will play a crucial role in the sequel.

**Lemma 4** [22]

*Let* $(X,d)$ *be a complete* *b*-*metric space and let* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *be a sequence in* *X* *such that* $d({x}_{n+1},{x}_{n+2})\le \beta d({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1})$ *for all* $n=0,1,2,\dots $ , *where* $0\le \beta <1$. *Then* $\{{x}_{n}\}$ *is a Cauchy sequence in* *X* *provided that* $s\beta <1$.

## 2 Main results

In this section we state and prove our main results. Inspired the results of Aydi *et al.* [21], we establish a Kikkawa and Suzuki type fixed point theorem in the framework of *b*-metric spaces as follows.

**Theorem 2**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete*

*b*-

*metric space and let*$F:X\to CB(X)$

*be a multi*-

*valued mapping*.

*Then*,

*for*$s\ge 1$,

*define a strictly decreasing function*

*σ*

*from*$[0,1)$

*onto*$(\frac{1}{2},1]$

*by*$\sigma (r)=\frac{1}{(1+sr)}$,

*where*$r<\frac{1}{{s}^{2}+s}<1$,

*such that*

*for all* $x,y\in X$. *Then there exists* $u\in X$ *such that* $u\in Fu$.

*Proof*If $d(x,y)=0$, then by (2.1) we deduce that $x=y$ is a fixed point of

*F*. Hence the proof is completed. Thus, throughout the proof, we assume that $d(x,y)>0$ for all $x,y\in X$. Take

*X*such that ${x}_{n+1}\in F{x}_{n}$ and

*b*-metric space $(X,d)$ is complete, there exists $u\in X$ such that ${lim}_{n\to +\mathrm{\infty}}d({x}_{n},u)=0$. Due to fact that $\beta <1$, we can easily observe that

_{3}) yields

for all $x\in X\mathrm{\setminus}\{u\}$.

*F*. Consequently, throughout the proof we assume that ${x}_{n}\ne {x}_{n+1}$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. This implies that there exists an infinite subset

*J*of ℕ such that ${x}_{n}\ne u$ for all $n\in J$. By Lemma 1, we have

By Remark 1, we deduce that $u\in Fu$ and hence *u* is a fixed point of *F*. □

**Remark 3** Taking $s=1$ in Theorem 2 (it corresponds to the case of metric spaces), the condition on $r<\frac{1}{2}$, $\sigma (r)=\frac{1}{1+r}$, we find Theorem 1.2 of Kikkawa and Suzuki. Hence, Theorem 2 is an extension of the result of Kikkawa *et al.* [13], which itself improves the theorem of Nadler [7].

In the case where $T:X\to X$ is a single-valued mapping on a *b*-metric space, we have the following corollary (it is a consequence of Theorem 2).

**Corollary 1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete*

*b*-

*metric space and let*$F:X\to X$

*be a single*-

*valued mapping*.

*Define a strictly decreasing function*

*σ*

*from*$[0,1)$

*onto*$(\frac{1}{2},1]$

*by*$\sigma (rs)=\frac{1}{1+sr}$, $r<\frac{1}{{s}^{2}+s}<1$

*such that*

*for all* $x,y\in X$. *Then there exists* $u\in X$ *such that* $u=Fu$.

*Proof* It follows by applying Theorem 2 and the fact that $H(Fx,Fy)=d(Fx,Fy)$. □

**Remark 4** Corollary 1 implies the corresponding result of Suzuki [23] if we take $s=1$.

The following theorem is a result of Reich type [8] as well as a generalization of Kikkawa and Suzuki type in the framework of *b*-metric spaces.

**Theorem 3**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete*

*b*-

*metric space and let*$F:X\to CB(X)$

*be a multi*-

*valued mapping*.

*If for*$s\ge 1$

*there exist nonnegative numbers*

*a*,

*b*,

*c*

*with*$s(a+b+c)\in [0,1)$

*and*$\theta =\frac{1-sb-sc}{1+sa}$

*such that*

*for all* $x,y\in X$, *then* *F* *has a fixed point*.

*Proof*Let ${x}_{0}\in X$ be arbitrary and ${x}_{1}\in F{x}_{0}$, then we have

*F*, starting from ${x}_{0}$, satisfying the following:

- (a)
${x}_{n+1}\in F{x}_{n}$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$;

- (b)
$d({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1})\le {k}^{n}d({x}_{0},{x}_{1})$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$,

where $k=\frac{h(a+b)}{1-hc}<1$. Now, following the lines in the proof of Theorem 2, we deduce that the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ converges to some $u\in X$ with respect to the metric *d*, that is, ${lim}_{n\to +\mathrm{\infty}}d({x}_{n},u)=0$.

*d*, there exists ${n}_{0}\in \mathbb{N}$ such that

for all $x\in X\mathrm{\setminus}\{u\}$.

for all $x\in X\setminus \{u\}$.

*F*. Assume that ${x}_{n}\ne {x}_{n+1}$ for all $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Thus, there exists an infinite subset

*J*of ℕ such that ${x}_{n}\ne u$ for all $n\in J$. Now, for all $n\in J$, we have

By Remark 1, we deduce that $u\in Fu$ and hence *u* is a fixed point of *F*. □

**Remark 5** Taking $s=1$ in Theorem 3 (it corresponds to the case of metric spaces), with $a+b+c\in [0,1)$, $\theta =\frac{1-b-c}{1+a}$, we get Theorem 6.6 of Mot and Petrusel [14] which itself is an extension of the theorem given in Reich [8], p.5, as well as a generalization of Kikkawa-Suzuki’s Theorem 1.1.

If $T:X\to X$ is a single-valued mapping on a *b*-metric space, we have the following corollary which is a consequence of Theorem 3.

**Corollary 2**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete*

*b*-

*metric space and let*$F:X\to X$

*be a single*-

*valued mapping*.

*If for*$s\ge 1$

*there exist nonnegative numbers*

*a*,

*b*,

*c*

*with*$s(a+b+c)\in [0,1)$

*and*$\theta =\frac{1-sb-sc}{1+sa}$

*such that*

*for all* $x,y\in X$, *then* *F* *has a fixed point*.

**Remark 6** If we take $s=1$ in Corollary 2, we immediately get a Kikkawa-Suzuki type fixed point theorem for a Reich-type single-valued operator, see [8, 24].

**Example 2**Let $X=[1,\mathrm{\infty})$ and $d(x,y)={|x-y|}^{2}$ for all $x,y\in X$. Then

*d*is a

*b*-metric on

*X*with $s=2$ and $(X,d)$ is complete. Also,

*d*is not a metric on

*X*. Define $F:X\to CB(X)$ by

for all $x,y\in X$. Consider $H(Fx,Fy)=\frac{1}{9}{(x-y)}^{2}=\frac{1}{9}d(x,y)$, where $r=\frac{1}{9}<\frac{1}{6}=\frac{1}{{s}^{2}+s}<1$. So all the conditions of Theorem 2 are satisfied. Moreover, 2 and 3 are the two fixed points of *F*.

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### Acknowledgements

First author gratefully acknowledges the support from the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) during this research. The third author gratefully acknowledges the support from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. The authors thank the anonymous referees for their remarkable comments, suggestions and ideas that helped to improve this paper.

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