# Well-posed generalized vector equilibrium problems

- Xicai Deng
^{1, 2}Email author and - Shuwen Xiang
^{2}

**2014**:127

https://doi.org/10.1186/1029-242X-2014-127

© Deng and Xiang; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **10 December 2013

**Accepted: **17 March 2014

**Published: **28 March 2014

## Abstract

In this paper, we establish the bounded rationality model *M* for generalized vector equilibrium problems by using a nonlinear scalarization technique. By using the model *M*, we introduce a new well-posedness concept for generalized vector equilibrium problems, which unifies its Hadamard and Levitin-Polyak well-posedness. Furthermore, sufficient conditions for the well-posedness for generalized vector equilibrium problems are given. As an application, sufficient conditions on the well-posedness for generalized equilibrium problems are obtained.

**MSC:** 49K40, 90C31.

## Keywords

## 1 Introduction

As is well known, the notion of well-posedness can be divided into two different groups: Hadamard type and Tykhonov type [1]. Roughly speaking, Hadamard types of well-posedness for a problem means the continuous dependence of the optimal solution from the data of the problem. Tykhonov types of well-posedness for a problem such as Tykhonov and Levitin-Polyak well-posedness are based on the convergence of approximating solution sequences of the problem. Some researchers have investigated the relations between them for different problems (see [1–4]). The notion of extended well-posedness has been proposed by Zolezzi [5] in the context of scalar optimization. In some sense this notion unifies the ideas of Tykhonov and Hadamard well-posedness. Moreover, the notion of extended well-posedness has been generalized to vector optimization problems by Huang [6–8].

On the other hand, the vector equilibrium problem provides a very general model for a wide range of problems, for example, the vector optimization problem, the vector variational inequality problem, the vector complementarity problem and the vector saddle point problem. In the literature, existence results for various types of vector equilibrium problems have been investigated intensively; see, *e.g.*, [9, 10] and the references therein. The study of well-posedness for vector equilibrium problems is another important topic in vector optimization theory. Recently, Tykhonov types well-posedness for vector optimization problems, vector variational inequality problems and vector equilibrium problems have been intensively studied in the literature, such as [11–17]. Among those papers, we observe that the scalarization technique is an efficient approach to deal with Tykhonov types well-posedness for vector optimization problems. As noted in [12, 16], the notions of well-posedness in the scalar case can be extended to the vector case and, for this end, one needs an appropriate scalarizarion technique. Such a technique is supposed to preserve some well-posedness properties when one passes from the vectorial to the scalar case, and simple examples show that linear scalarization is not useful from this point of view even in the convex case. An effort in this direction was made in the papers (see [11, 12, 16, 18]). Miglierina *et al.* [11] investigated several types of well-posedness concepts for vectorial optimization problems by using a nonlinear scalarization procedure. Some equivalences between well-posedness of vectorial optimization problems and well-posedness of corresponding scalar optimization problems are given. By virtue of a nonlinear scalarization function, Durea [12] proved the Tykhonov well-posedness of the scalar optimization problems are equivalent to the Tykhonov well-posedness of the original vectorial optimization problems. Very recently, Li and Xia [16] investigated Levitin-Polyak well-posedness for vectorial optimization problems by using a nonlinear scalarization function. They also showed the equivalence relations between the Levitin-Polyak well-posedness of scalar optimization problems and the vectorial optimization problems.

Motivated and inspired by the research work mentioned above, we introduce a new well-posedness concept for generalized vector equilibrium problems (in short (GVEP)), which unifies its Hadamard and Levitin-Polyak well-posedness. The concept of well-posedness for (GVEP) is investigated by using a new method which is different from the ones used in [5–8]. Our method is based on a nonlinear scalarization technique and the bounded rationality model *M* (see [19–22]). Furthermore, we give some sufficient conditions on various types of well-posedness for (GVEP). Finally, we apply these results to generalized equilibrium problems (in short (GEP)).

## 2 Preliminaries

Let *X* be a nonempty subset of the Hausdorff topological space *H* and *Y* be a Hausdorff topological vector space. Assume that *C* denotes a nonempty, closed, convex, and pointed cone in *Y* with apex at the origin and $intC\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, where int*C* denotes the topological interior of *C*.

Now we introduce the notion of Levitin-Polyak approximating solution sequence for (GVEP).

**Definition 2.1**A sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}\subset X$ is called a Levitin-Polyak approximating solution sequence (in short LP sequence) for (GVEP), if there exists $\{{\u03f5}_{n}\}\subset {\mathbb{R}}_{+}$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$ such that

Next, we introduce a nonlinear scalarization function and their related properties.

*For fixed*$e\in intC$,

*the nonlinear scalarization function is defined by*

*The nonlinear scalarization function*${\xi}_{e}$

*has the following properties*:

- (i)
${\xi}_{e}(y)\ge r\u27fay\notin re-intC$;

- (ii)
${\xi}_{e}(re)=r$;

- (iii)
${\xi}_{e}({y}_{1}+{y}_{2})\le {\xi}_{e}({y}_{1})+{\xi}_{e}({y}_{2})$,

*for all*${y}_{1},{y}_{2}\in Y$.

**Definition 2.2**Let $\phi :X\to Y$ be a vector-valued mapping.

- (i)
*φ*is said to be*C*-upper semicontinuous at*x*if for any open neighborhood*V*of zero element in*Y*, there is an open neighborhood*U*at*x*in*X*such that for any ${x}^{\prime}\in U$, $\phi ({x}^{\prime})\in \phi (x)+V-C$; - (ii)
*φ*is said to be*C*-upper semicontinuous on*X*if*φ*is*C*-upper semicontinuous on each $x\in X$; - (iii)
*φ*is said to be*C*-lower semicontinuous at*x*if for any open neighborhood*V*of zero element in*Y*, there is an open neighborhood*U*at*x*in*X*such that for any ${x}^{\prime}\in U$, $\phi ({x}^{\prime})\in \phi (x)+V+C$; - (iv)
*φ*is said to be*C*-lower semicontinuous on*X*if*φ*is*C*-lower semicontinuous on each $x\in X$.

**Remark 2.1** In Definition 2.2, when $Y=\mathbb{R}$, $C=[0,+\mathrm{\infty}[$, being *C*-upper semicontinuous reduces to being upper semicontinuous and being *C*-lower semicontinuous reduces to being lower semicontinuous.

**Lemma 2.2** *If* $\phi :X\times X\to Y$ *is* *C*-*upper semicontinuous on* $X\times X$, *then* ${\xi}_{e}\circ \phi :X\times X\to \mathrm{\Re}$ *is upper semicontinuous on* $X\times X$.

*Proof* In order to show that ${\xi}_{e}\circ \phi :X\times X\to \mathrm{\Re}$ is upper semicontinuous on $X\times X$, we must check, for any $r\in \mathrm{\Re}$, the set $L=\{(x,y)\in X\times X:{\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\ge r\}$ is closed.

*V*of zero element in

*Y*such that

*φ*is

*C*-upper semicontinuous at $({x}_{0},{y}_{0})\in X\times X$, we have

It contradicts $\phi ({x}_{n},{y}_{n})\notin re-intC$. So *L* is closed. It shows ${\xi}_{e}\circ \phi :X\times X\to \mathrm{\Re}$ is upper semicontinuous on $X\times X$. □

Finally, we recall some useful definitions and lemmas.

Let $F:X\rightrightarrows Y$ be a set-valued mapping. *F* is said to be upper semicontinuous at $x\in X$ if for any open set $U\supset F(x)$, there is an open neighborhood $O(x)$ of *x* such that $U\supset F({x}^{\prime})$ for each ${x}^{\prime}\in O(x)$; *F* is said to be lower semicontinuous at *x* if for any open set $U\cap F(x)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, there is an open neighborhood $O(x)$ of *x* such that $U\cap F({x}^{\prime})\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, for each ${x}^{\prime}\in O(x)$; *F* is said to be an usco mapping if *F* is upper semicontinuous and $F(x)$ is nonempty compact for each $x\in X$; *F* is said to be closed if $Graph(F)$ is closed, where $Graph(F)=\{(x,y)\in X\times Y:x\in X,y\in F(x)\}$ is the graph of *F*.

**Lemma 2.3** [22]

*Let* *X* *and* *Y* *be two metric spaces*. *Suppose that* $F:Y\rightrightarrows X$ *is a usco mapping*. *Then for any* ${y}_{n}\to y$ *and any* ${x}_{n}\in F({y}_{n})$, *there is a subsequence* $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}\subset \{{x}_{n}\}$ *such that* ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\to x\in F(y)$.

**Lemma 2.4** [24]

*If* $F:Y\rightrightarrows X$ *is closed and* *X* *is compact*, *then* *F* *is upper semicontinuous on* *Y*.

*X*. For arbitrary ${C}_{1},{C}_{2}\subset X$, define

It is obvious that *h* is a Hausdorff metric on $K(X)$.

**Lemma 2.5** [25]

*Let* $(X,d)$ *be a metric space and* *h* *be Hausdorff metric on* *X*. *Then* $(K(X),h)$ *is complete if and only if* $(X,d)$ *is complete*.

## 3 Bounded rationality model and definition of well-posedness for (GVEP)

where *h* denotes a Hausdorff distance on *X*. Clearly, $(\mathrm{\Lambda},\rho )$ is a metric space.

- (i)
Λ and

*X*are two metric spaces; - (ii)the feasible set of the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is defined by$f(\lambda ):=\{x\in X:x\in G(x)\};$
- (iii)the solution set of the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is defined by$E(\lambda ):=\{x\in G(x):\phi (x,y)\notin -intC,\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)\};$
- (iv)the rationality function of the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is defined by$\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x):=\underset{y\in G(x)}{sup}\{-{\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\}.$

**Lemma 3.1**

- (1)
$x\in f(\lambda )$, $\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)\ge 0$.

- (2)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, $E(\lambda )\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. - (3)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$*and*$\u03f5\ge 0$, $\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)={sup}_{y\in G(x)}\{-{\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\}\le \u03f5$*if and only if*$\phi (x,y)+\u03f5e\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$.*Particularly*, $x\in E(\lambda )$*if and only if*$\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)=0$.

*Proof*(1) If $x\in f(\lambda )$, then $x\in G(x)$. By Lemma 2.1(i), we have

- (2)
Obvious.

- (3)
If $\phi (x,y)+\u03f5e\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$, by Lemma 2.1(i), ${\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\ge -\u03f5$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$. Thus, we have $\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)={sup}_{y\in G(x)}\{-{\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\}\le \u03f5$.

Conversely, if $\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)={sup}_{y\in G(x)}\{-{\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\}\le \u03f5$, then ${\xi}_{e}(\phi (x,y))\ge -\u03f5$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$. By Lemma 2.1(i), we get $\phi (x,y)+\u03f5e\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$. □

**Remark 3.1**By Definition 2.1 and Lemma 3.1, for all ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, the set of LP approximating solution for the problem

*λ*is defined as

*λ*is defined as

Hence, Levitin-Polyak well-posedness for (GVEP) is defined as follows.

**Definition 3.1**

- (i)
If $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E(\lambda ,{\u03f5}_{n})$, ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, there must exist a subsequence $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}\subset \{{x}_{n}\}$ such that ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\to x\in E(\lambda )$, then the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be generalized Levitin-Polyak well-posed (in short GLP-wp);

- (ii)
If $E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (a singleton), $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E(\lambda ,{\u03f5}_{n})$, ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, there must have ${x}_{n}\to x$, then the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be Levitin-Polyak well-posed (in short LP-wp).

Referring to [3], Hadamard well-posedness for (GVEP) is defined as follows.

**Definition 3.2**

- (i)
If $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E({\lambda}_{n})$, there must exist a subsequence $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}\subset \{{x}_{n}\}$ such that ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\to x\in E(\lambda )$, then the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be generalized Hadamard well-posed (in short GH-wp);

- (ii)
If $E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (a singleton), $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E({\lambda}_{n})$, we must have ${x}_{n}\to x$, then the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be Hadamard well-posed (in short H-wp).

Next, we establish a new well-posedness concept for (GVEP), which unifies its Hadamard and Levitin-Polyak well-posedness.

**Definition 3.3**

- (i)
If $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E({\lambda}_{n},{\u03f5}_{n})$, ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, there must exist a subsequence $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}\subset \{{x}_{n}\}$ such that ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\to x\in E(\lambda )$, then the problem $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be generalized well-posed (in short G-wp);

- (ii)
If $E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (a singleton), $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E({\lambda}_{n},{\u03f5}_{n})$, ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, there must have ${x}_{n}\to x$, then $\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$ is said to be well-posed (in short wp).

By Definitions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3, it is easy to check the following.

**Lemma 3.2**

- (1)
*If the problem*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$*is G*-*wp*,*then**λ**must be GLP*-*wp*. - (2)
*If the problem*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$*is wp*,*then**λ**must be LP*-*wp*.

**Lemma 3.3**

- (1)
*If the problem*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$*is G*-*wp*,*then**λ**must be GH*-*wp*. - (2)
*If the problem*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$*is wp*,*then**λ**must be H*-*wp*.

## 4 Sufficient conditions for well-posedness of (GVEP)

Assume that the bounded rationality model $M=\{\mathrm{\Lambda},X,f,\mathrm{\Phi}\}$ for (GVEP) is given. Now, let $(X,d)$ be a compact metric space, $(Y,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$ be a Banach space, and *C* be a nonempty, closed, convex, and pointed cone in *Y* with apex at the origin and $intC\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$.

In order to show sufficient conditions for well-posedness of (VEP), we first give the following lemmas.

**Lemma 4.1** $(\mathrm{\Lambda},\rho )$ *is a complete metric space*.

*Proof*Let $\{{\lambda}_{n}=({\phi}_{n},{G}_{n})\}$ be any Cauchy sequence in Λ, then for any $\u03f5>0$, there is a positive integer

*N*such that for any $n,m\ge N$,

*Y*, and $\{{G}_{n}(x)\}$ is a Cauchy sequence in $K(X)$. By Lemma 2.5, $(K(X),h)$ is a complete spaces and $(Y,\parallel \cdot \parallel )$ is also complete spaces. It follows that there exist $\phi (x,y)\in Y$ and $G(x)\in K(X)$ such that ${lim}_{m\to \mathrm{\infty}}{\phi}_{m}(x,y)=\phi (x,y)$ and ${lim}_{m\to \mathrm{\infty}}{G}_{m}(x)=G(x)$. Thus, for all $n\ge N$, we have

- (i)For any open convex neighborhood
*V*of zero element in*Y*, there is a positive integer ${n}_{0}$ such that for all $x,y\in X$,$\phi (x,y)\in {\phi}_{{n}_{0}}(x,y)+\frac{V}{3},$(1)

*C*-upper semicontinuous on $X\times X$, thus there are an open neighborhood of ${U}_{1}$ at

*x*and an open neighborhood of ${U}_{2}$ at

*y*such that

*C*-upper semicontinuous on $X\times X$.

- (ii)
It is easy to check that $\phi (x,x)=\mathbf{0}$, $\mathrm{\forall}x\in X$, ${sup}_{(x,y)\in X\times X}\parallel \phi (x,y)\parallel <+\mathrm{\infty}$, $G:X\rightrightarrows X$ is continuous on

*X*and $\mathrm{\forall}x\in X$, $G(x)$ is a nonempty compact set. - (iii)Since ${\lambda}_{n}=({\phi}_{n},{G}_{n})\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, there exists ${x}_{n}\in X$ such that ${x}_{n}\in {G}_{n}({x}_{n})$ and ${\phi}_{n}({x}_{n},y)\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in {G}_{n}({x}_{n})$. Firstly, we may suppose that ${x}_{n}\to x$, since
*X*is a compact metric space. For all $n\ge N$,$\begin{array}{rl}h({G}_{n}({x}_{n}),G(x))& \le h({G}_{n}({x}_{n}),G({x}_{n}))+h(G({x}_{n}),G(x))\\ \le \u03f5+h(G({x}_{n}),G(x)).\end{array}$(4)

*G*is continuous on

*X*, we have

Hence, $x\in G(x)$.

Finally, we only need to prove that $\phi (x,y)\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in G(x)$. By way of contradiction, assume that there exists ${y}_{0}\in G(x)$ such that $\phi (x,{y}_{0})\in -intC$. It shows that there exists an open convex neighborhood *V* of zero element in *Y* such that $\phi (x,{y}_{0})+V\subset -intC$.

*C*-upper semicontinuous on $X\times X$, then there exists a positive integer ${N}_{2}$ such that $\mathrm{\forall}n\ge {N}_{2}$,

This is a contradiction to ${\phi}_{n}({x}_{n},y)\notin -intC$, $\mathrm{\forall}y\in {G}_{n}({x}_{n})$. □

**Lemma 4.2** $f:\mathrm{\Lambda}\rightrightarrows X$ *is an usco mapping*.

*Proof* Since *X* is a compact metric space, by Lemma 2.4, it suffices to show that $Graph(f)$ is closed, where $Graph(f)=\{(\lambda ,x)\in \mathrm{\Lambda}\times X:x\in f(\lambda )\}$. That is to say, $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in f({\lambda}_{n})$, ${x}_{n}\to x$, we need to show that $x\in f(\lambda )$.

*G*is continuous on

*X*, then

Since $G(x)$ is a nonempty compact subset of *X*, by (10), we have $x\in G(x)$. It shows that $x\in f(\lambda )$. □

**Lemma 4.3** *For all* $(\lambda ,x)\in \mathrm{\Lambda}\times X$, $\mathrm{\Phi}(\lambda ,x)$ *is lower semicontinuous at* $(\lambda ,x)$.

*Proof*By Lemma 4.1, it is only need to show that $\mathrm{\forall}\u03f5>0$, $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}=({\phi}_{n},{G}_{n})\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda =(\phi ,G)\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in X$, ${x}_{n}\to x\in X$, there exists a positive integer

*N*such that $\mathrm{\forall}n\ge N$,

From (13), there exists ${y}_{n}\in {G}_{n}({x}_{n})$ such that $d({y}_{n},{y}_{0})\to 0$.

*re*is an open neighborhood of zero element in

*Y*. Thus, by (14) and Lemma 2.1(ii), we get

□

Next, we give sufficient conditions for G-wp and wp of (VEP).

**Theorem 4.1**

- (1)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$,*the problems**λ**is G*-*wp*. - (2)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$,*if*$E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (*a singleton*),*then the problem**λ**is wp*.

*Proof*(1) $\mathrm{\forall}{\lambda}_{n}\in \mathrm{\Lambda}$, ${\lambda}_{n}\to \lambda $, $\mathrm{\forall}{x}_{n}\in E({\lambda}_{n},{\u03f5}_{n})$, ${\u03f5}_{n}>0$ with ${\u03f5}_{n}\to 0$, then

*λ*is G-wp.

- (2)
By way of contradiction. If the sequence $\{{x}_{n}\}$ does not converge

*x*, then there exists an open neighborhood*O*at*x*and a subsequence $\{{x}_{{n}_{k}}\}$ of $\{{x}_{n}\}$ such that ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\notin O$. Since $E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (a singleton), by the proof of (1), we get ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\to x$. This is a contradiction to ${x}_{{n}_{k}}\notin O$. □

Similarly, by Lemmas 3.2 and 3.3, it is easy to check the following.

**Theorem 4.2**

- (1)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$,*the problems**λ**must be GLP*-*wp and GH*-*wp*. - (2)
*For all*$\lambda \in \mathrm{\Lambda}$,*if*$E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (*a singleton*),*then the problem**λ**must be LP*-*wp and H*-*wp*.

It is easy to check that $({\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{\prime},\varrho )$ is a complete metric space. Hence, we have the following.

**Corollary 4.1**

- (1)
*For all*$\lambda \in {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{\prime}$,*the problem**λ**is G*-*wp*. - (2)
*For all*$\lambda \in {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{\prime}$,*if*$E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (*a singleton*),*then the problem**λ**is wp*.

**Corollary 4.2**

- (1)
*For all*$\lambda \in {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{\prime}$,*the problem**λ**must be GLP*-*wp and GH*-*wp*. - (2)
*For all*$\lambda \in {\mathrm{\Lambda}}^{\prime}$,*if*$E(\lambda )=\{x\}$ (*a singleton*),*then the problem**λ**must be LP*-*wp and H*-*wp*.

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### Acknowledgements

This research was supported by NSFC (Grant Number: 11161008), the Guizhou Provincial Science and Technology Foundation (20132235), (20122289). The authors thank the anonymous referees for their constructive comments which help us to revise the paper.

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