# Nonlinear contractive and nonlinear compatible type mappings in Menger probabilistic metric spaces

## Abstract

In this paper some new fixed point theorems for nonlinear contractive type and nonlinear compatible type mapping in complete Menger probabilistic metric spaces are proved.

MSC:54E40, 54E35, 54H25.

## 1 Introduction and preliminaries

K Menger introduced the notion of a probabilistic metric space in 1942. Since then the theory of probabilistic metric spaces has developed in many directions [1, 2]. The idea of K Menger was to use distribution functions instead of non-negative real numbers as values of the metric. The notion of a probabilistic metric space corresponds to situations when we do not know exactly the distance between two points, but we know probabilities of possible values of this distance. A probabilistic generalization of metric spaces appears to be of interest in the investigation of physical quantities and physiological thresholds. It is also of fundamental importance in probabilistic functional analysis.

The purpose of this paper is to prove some existence theorems of fixed points for nonlinear contractive type and nonlinear compatible type mapping in complete Menger probabilistic metric spaces. In the sequel, we shall adopt the usual terminology, notation and conventions of the theory of probabilistic metric, as in .

Throughout this paper, let be the set of all real numbers and ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ be the set of all non-negative real numbers. A mapping $\mathcal{F}:\mathbb{R}\to {\mathbb{R}}^{+}$ is called a distribution function (briefly, d.f.), if it is left-continuous and non-decreasing with

$\underset{R}{inf}\mathcal{F}=0,\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\underset{R}{sup}\mathcal{F}=1.$

In the sequel, we denote by ${\mathrm{\Delta }}^{+}$ the set of all distribution functions on . The space ${\mathrm{\Delta }}^{+}$ is partially ordered by the usual point-wise ordering of functions, i.e., $\mathcal{F}\le \mathcal{G}$ if and only if $\mathcal{F}\left(t\right)\le \mathcal{G}\left(t\right)$ for all $t\in \mathbb{R}$. The maximal element for ${\mathrm{\Delta }}^{+}$ in this order is the d.f. given by

$H\left(t\right)=\left\{\begin{array}{cc}0,\hfill & t\le 0;\hfill \\ 1,\hfill & t>0.\hfill \end{array}$

Definition 1.1 [1, 2]

A mapping $T:\left[0,1\right]×\left[0,1\right]\to \left[0,1\right]$ is called a continuous t-norm, if T satisfies the following conditions:

1. (a)

T is commutative and associative;

2. (b)

T is continuous;

3. (c)

$T\left(a,1\right)=a$ for all $a\in \left[0,1\right]$;

4. (d)

$T\left(a,b\right)\le T\left(c,d\right)$ whenever $a\le c$, $b\le d$, and $a,b,c,d\in \left[0,1\right]$.

Two typical examples of continuous t-norm are $T\left(a,b\right)=ab$ and $T\left(a,b\right)=min\left\{a,b\right\}$.

Now t-norms are recursively defined by ${T}^{1}=T$ and

${T}^{n}\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{n+1}\right)=T\left({T}^{n-1}\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{n}\right),{x}_{n+1}\right)$

for all $n\ge 2$ and ${x}_{i}\in \left[0,1\right]$, for all $i=1,2,\dots ,n+1$.

Definition 1.2 A Menger Probabilistic Metric space (briefly, Menger PM-space) is a triple $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$, where X is a non-empty set, T is a continuous t-norm, and is a mapping from $X×X$ into ${\mathrm{\Delta }}^{+}$ satisfying the following conditions: for all $x,y,z\in X$ (in the sequel, we use ${F}_{x,y}$ to denote $\mathcal{F}\left(x,y\right)$):

(PM1) ${F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)=H\left(t\right)$, $\mathrm{\forall }t>0$, if and only if $x=y$;

(PM2) ${F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)={F}_{y,x}\left(t\right)$;

(PM3) ${F}_{x,z}\left(t+s\right)\ge T\left({F}_{x,y}\left(t\right),{F}_{y,z}\left(s\right)\right)$, $\mathrm{\forall }x,y,z\in X$ and $t,s\ge 0$.

Definition 1.3 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM-space.

1. (1)

A sequence $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ in X is said to be convergent to $x\in X$ if, for every $ϵ>0$ and $\lambda >0$, there exists a positive integer N such that ${F}_{{x}_{n},x}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda$ whenever $n\ge N$.

2. (2)

A sequence $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ in X is called a Cauchy sequence if, for every $ϵ>0$ and $\lambda >0$, there exists a positive integer N such that ${F}_{{x}_{n},{x}_{m}}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda$ whenever $n,m\ge N$.

3. (3)

A Menger PM-space $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ is said to be complete if and only if every Cauchy sequence in X is convergent to a point in X.

Definition 1.4 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM space, $p\in X$ be a given point.

1. (1)

For any given $ϵ>0$ and $\lambda >0$ the set

$Np\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)=\left\{q\in X:{F}_{p,q}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda \right\}$

is called the strong $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-neighborhood of p.

1. (2)

The strong neighborhood system for X is the union ${\bigcup }_{p\in X}{M}_{p}$, where ${M}_{p}=\left\{Np\left(ϵ,\lambda \right),ϵ>0,\lambda >0\right\}$.

Remark 1.5 It should be pointed out that the strong neighborhood system determines a Hausdorff topology σ on X [1, 2].

Definition 1.6 

Let X be a non-empty set, $\left\{{d}_{\alpha }:\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$ be a family of mappings from $X×X$ into ${\mathbb{R}}^{+}$. The ordered pair $\left(X,{d}_{\alpha }:\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)\right)$ is called a generating space of quasi-metrics family, and $\left\{{d}_{\alpha }:\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$ is called the family of quasi-metrics on X if, it satisfies the following conditions:

(QM-1) ${d}_{\alpha }\left(x,y\right)=0$ for all $\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)$, if and only if $x=y$;

(QM-2) ${d}_{\alpha }\left(x,y\right)={d}_{\alpha }\left(y,x\right)$ for all $\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)$ and $x,y\in X$;

(QM-3) for any given $\alpha \in \left(0,1\right)$, there exists $\mu \in \left(0,\alpha \right]$ such that

${d}_{\alpha }\left(x,y\right)\le {d}_{\mu }\left(x,z\right)+{d}_{\mu }\left(z,y\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }x,y,z\in X;$

(QM-4) for any give $x,y\in X$, the function $\alpha ↦{d}_{\alpha }\left(x,y\right)$ is nonincreasing and left-continuous.

Lemma 1.7 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM-space with a t-norm T satisfying the following conditions:

$\underset{t<1}{sup}T\left(t,t\right)=1.$
(1.1)

For any given $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, define a mapping ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right):X×X\to {R}^{+}$ as follows:

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)=inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\},$
(1.2)

then

1. (1)

$\left({E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right)$ is a family of quasi-metrics on X and $\left(X,{E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right)$ is a generating space of the quasi-metrics family $\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$;

2. (2)

the topology induced by quasi-metric family $\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$ on X coincides with the $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-topology on X.

Proof (1) From Definition 1.6, it is easy to see that the family $\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$ satisfies the conditions (QM-1) and (QM-2).

Next we prove that ${E}_{\lambda ,F}$ is left-continuous in $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$. In fact, for any given ${\lambda }_{1}\in \left(0,1\right)$ and $ϵ>0$, by the definition of ${E}_{\lambda ,F}$, there exists ${t}_{1}>0$ such that ${t}_{1}<{E}_{{\lambda }_{1},F}\left(x,y\right)+ϵ$ and ${F}_{x,y}\left({t}_{1}\right)>1-{\lambda }_{1}$. Letting $\delta ={F}_{x,y}\left({t}_{1}\right)-\left(1-{\lambda }_{1}\right)>0$ and $\lambda \in \left({\lambda }_{1}-\delta ,{\lambda }_{1}\right)$, we have

$1-{\lambda }_{1}<1-\lambda <1-\left({\lambda }_{1}-\delta \right)={F}_{x,y}\left({t}_{1}\right).$

This implies that

${t}_{1}\in \left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}.$

Hence we have

${E}_{{\lambda }_{1},F}\left(x,y\right)\le {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)\left(t\right)=inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}>1-\lambda \right\}\le {t}_{1}<{E}_{{\lambda }_{1},F}\left(x,y\right)+ϵ,$

which shows $\lambda ↦{E}_{\lambda ,F}$ is left-continuous.

Now we prove that, for any given $\left(x,y\right)\in X×X$, ${E}_{\lambda ,F}$ is nonincreasing in $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$.

In fact, for any ${\lambda }_{1},{\lambda }_{2}\in \left(0,1\right)$ with ${\lambda }_{1}<{\lambda }_{2}$, we have

$\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-{\lambda }_{1}\right\}\subset \left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-{\lambda }_{2}\right\}.$

Hence

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{{\lambda }_{2},F}\left(x,y\right)& =inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-{\lambda }_{2}\right\}\\ \le {E}_{{\lambda }_{1},F}\left(x,y\right)=inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-{\lambda }_{1}\right\}.\end{array}$

Condition (QM-4) is proved.

Finally, we prove that $\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}:\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)\right\}$ also satisfies condition (QM-3).

In fact, for any given $x,y\in X$, and $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, by condition (1.1), there exists $\mu \in \left(0,\lambda \right]$ such that

${T}^{n}\left(1-\mu ,1-\mu ,\dots ,1-\mu \right)>1-\lambda .$

Letting ${E}_{\mu ,F}\left(x,{x}_{1}\right)={\delta }_{1},{E}_{\mu ,F}\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2}\right)={\delta }_{2},\dots ,{E}_{\mu ,F}\left({x}_{n},y\right)={\delta }_{n+1}$, from (1.2) for any $ϵ>0$, we have

${F}_{x,{x}_{1}}\left({\delta }_{1}+ϵ\right)>1-\mu ,\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left({\delta }_{2}+ϵ\right)>1-\mu ,\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\dots ,\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}{F}_{{x}_{n},y}\left({\delta }_{n+1}+ϵ\right)>1-\mu ,$

and so we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{F}_{x,y}\left({\delta }_{1}+{\delta }_{2}+\cdots +{\delta }_{n+1}+\left(n+1\right)ϵ\right)& \ge {T}^{n}\left({F}_{x,{x}_{1}}\left({\delta }_{1}+ϵ\right),{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left({\delta }_{2}+ϵ\right),\dots ,{F}_{{x}_{n},y}\left({\delta }_{n+1}+ϵ\right)\right)\\ \ge {T}^{n}\left(1-\mu ,1-\mu ,\dots ,1-\mu \right)>1-\lambda .\end{array}$

This implies that

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)=inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\le {\delta }_{1}+{\delta }_{2}+\cdots +{\delta }_{n+1}+\left(n+1\right)ϵ.$

By the arbitrariness of $ϵ>0$, we have

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)\le {E}_{\mu ,F}\left(x,{x}_{1}\right)+{E}_{\mu ,F}\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2}\right)+\cdots +{E}_{\mu ,F}\left({x}_{n},y\right),$
(1.3)

for any $x,y,{x}_{1},{x}_{2},\dots ,{x}_{n}\in X$. Especially, if $n=1$, then condition (QM-3) is proved. The conclusion (1) is proved.

Now we prove the conclusion (2).

For the purpose, it is sufficient to prove that, for any given $ϵ>0$ and $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$,

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)<ϵ\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}⇔\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}{F}_{x,y}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda .$

In fact, if ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)<ϵ$, then from (1.2) we have ${F}_{x,y}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda$. Conversely, if ${F}_{x,y}\left(ϵ\right)>1-\lambda$, since ${F}_{x,y}$ is a left-continuous distribution function, there exists a $\mu >0$ such that ${F}_{x,y}\left(ϵ-\mu \right)>1-\lambda$, and so ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(x,y\right)\le ϵ-\mu <ϵ$.

This completes the proof of Lemma 1.7. □

Remark 1.8 From Lemma 1.7, it is easy to see that a sequence $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ in a Menger PM-space $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ is convergent in the $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-topology σ, if and only if ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n},x\right)\to 0$, $\mathrm{\forall }\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$. Also a sequence $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ in a Menger PM-space $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ is a Cauchy sequence in the $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-topology, if and only if ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n},{x}_{m}\right)\to 0$ $\mathrm{\forall }\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$ (as $n,m\to \mathrm{\infty }$).

Definition 1.9 A function $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ is said to satisfy condition (Φ), if it is non-decreasing and ${\sum }_{n=1}^{\mathrm{\infty }}{\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)<\mathrm{\infty }$ for all $t>0$, where ${\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)$ denotes the n th iterate function of $\varphi \left(t\right)$.

Remark 1.10 [7, 8]

If $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ satisfies condition (Φ), then $\varphi \left(t\right), $\mathrm{\forall }t>0$. If $t\le \varphi \left(t\right)$, then $t=0$.

Lemma 1.11 

Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM-space. Suppose that the function $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ is onto and strictly increasing. Then

$inf\left\{{\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\le {\varphi }^{n}\left(inf\left\{t>0:{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right),$

for any $x,y\in X$, $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$ and $n\ge 1$.

Lemma 1.12 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM-space with a t-norm T satisfying condition (1.1) and $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ be a sequence in X such that

${F}_{{x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}}\left({\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0,n\ge 1,$
(1.4)

where $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ is onto, strictly increasing, and satisfies condition (Φ). If

${E}_{F}\left({x}_{0},{x}_{1}\right):=\underset{\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)}{sup}\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{0},{x}_{1}\right)\right\}<\mathrm{\infty },$

then $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ is a Cauchy sequence in X.

Proof For any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, it follows from Lemma 1.11 and condition (1.4) that

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}\right)& =inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ =inf\left\{{\varphi }^{n}{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}}\left({\varphi }^{n}{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le inf\left\{{\varphi }^{n}{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le {\varphi }^{n}\left(inf\left\{{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}{\left({\varphi }^{n}\right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ ={\varphi }^{n}\left(inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ ={\varphi }^{n}\left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{0},{x}_{1}\right)\right)\\ \le {\varphi }^{n}\left({E}_{F}\left({x}_{0},{x}_{1}\right)\right).\end{array}$
(1.5)

For any given positive integers m, n, $m>n$, and for given $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, it follows from (1.5) and Lemma 1.7 that there exists a $\mu \in \left(0,\lambda \right]$ such that

By Lemma 1.7, $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ is a Cauchy sequence in X.

This completes the proof of Lemma 1.12. □

## 2 Fixed point theorems of nonlinear contraction type mappings in Menger PM-spaces

Theorem 2.1 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a complete Menger PM-space, $\left\{{A}_{i},i=1,2,\dots \right\}$ be a sequence of mappings from X into itself such that, for any two mappings ${A}_{i}$, ${A}_{j}$, $i\ne j$ and for any $x,y\in X$ and $t>0$,

${F}_{{A}_{i}x,{A}_{j}y}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge min\left\{{F}_{x,y}\left(t\right),{F}_{x,{A}_{i}x}\left(t\right),{F}_{y,{A}_{j}y}\left(t\right)\right\},$
(2.1)

where $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ is onto, strictly increasing, and satisfies condition (Φ). If there exists ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that

${E}_{F}\left({x}_{0},{A}_{1}{x}_{0}\right):=\underset{\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)}{sup}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{0},{A}_{1}{x}_{0}\right)<\mathrm{\infty }.$
(2.2)

Then $\left\{{A}_{i}\right\}$ has a unique common fixed point ${x}^{\ast }$ in X, and the sequence $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ defined by

${x}_{n}={A}_{n}{x}_{n-1},\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }n\ge 1,$
(2.3)

converges to ${x}^{\ast }$ in the $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-topology of X.

Proof It follows from (2.1) and (2.3) that

$\begin{array}{rl}{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)& ={F}_{{A}_{1}{x}_{0},{A}_{2}{x}_{1}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\\ \ge min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right)\right\}\\ =min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right)\right\},\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0.\end{array}$
(2.4)

If ${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right)<{F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right)$, then from (2.4)

${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0.$

By induction, we can prove that, for any positive integer n,

${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left({\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0.$

Let $n\to \mathrm{\infty }$, we have ${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right)=0$ for all $t>0$. This contradicts that ${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(t\right)$ is a distribution function. Hence we have

${F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0.$

Similarly, we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{F}_{{x}_{2},{x}_{3}}\left({\varphi }^{2}\left(t\right)\right)& ={F}_{{A}_{2}{x}_{1},{A}_{3}{x}_{2}}\left({\varphi }^{2}\left(t\right)\right)\\ \ge min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{x}_{2},{x}_{3}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\right\}\\ ={F}_{{x}_{1},{x}_{2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\\ \ge {F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}t>0.\end{array}$

By induction, we can prove that

${F}_{{x}_{n},{x}_{n+1}}\left({\varphi }^{n}\left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{x}_{0},{x}_{1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }n\ge 1,t>0.$
(2.5)

It follows from condition (2.2) and Lemma 1.12 that $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ is a Cauchy sequence in X. Since X is complete, there exists a point ${x}^{\ast }\in X$ such that ${x}_{n}\to {x}^{\ast }$.

Next we prove that ${x}^{\ast }$ is the unique common fixed point of $\left\{{A}_{i}\right\}$. In fact, for any given positive integers i, n, $n>i$ and for any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, by Lemma 1.11, we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n},{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)=& inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{A}_{n}{x}_{n-1},{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & inf\left\{t>0,min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}^{\ast }}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}_{n}}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{{x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}\left({x}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ =& inf\left\{\varphi \left({\varphi }^{-1}\right)\left(t\right)>0,min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}^{\ast }}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}_{n}}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{{x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}\left({x}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & \varphi \left(inf\left\{t>0,min\left\{{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}^{\ast }}\left(t\right),{F}_{{x}_{n-1},{x}_{n}}\left(t\right),{F}_{{x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}\left({x}^{\ast }\right)}\left(t\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ \le & \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n-1},{x}^{\ast }\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n-1},{x}_{n}\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)\right\}\right).\end{array}$

By virtue of the continuity of ϕ, we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)& =\underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n},{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)\\ \le \underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}\varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n-1},{x}^{\ast }\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}_{n-1},{x}_{n}\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)\right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)\right).\end{array}$

From Remark 1.10, it follows that ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }\right)=0$, i.e., ${x}^{\ast }={A}_{i}{x}^{\ast }$, $\mathrm{\forall }i\ge 1$.

Next we prove that ${x}^{\ast }$ is the unique common fixed point of $\left\{{A}_{i}\right\}$ in X. In fact, if $y\in X$ is also a common fixed point of $\left\{{A}_{i}\right\}$, then, for any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$ and any i, j, $i\ne j$,

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },y\right)& ={E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({A}_{i}{x}^{\ast },{A}_{j}y\right)\\ =inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{A}_{i}{x}^{\ast },{A}_{j}y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le inf\left\{t>0,min\left\{{F}_{{x}^{\ast },y}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{x}^{\ast },{x}^{\ast }}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{y,y}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ =inf\left\{\varphi \left({\varphi }^{-1}\right)\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{x}^{\ast },y}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le \varphi \left(inf\left\{{\left(\varphi \right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{x}^{\ast },y}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left(inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{x}^{\ast },y}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },y\right)\right),\end{array}$

i.e., ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({x}^{\ast },y\right)=0$ by Remark 1.10. And so ${x}^{\ast }=y$.

This completes the proof of Theorem 2.1. □

## 3 Fixed point theorems for nonlinear compatible type mappings in PM-spaces

Definition 3.1 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a Menger PM-space, and let f and S be two mappings from X into itself. f and S are called compatible if ${F}_{Sf{x}_{n},fS{x}_{n}}\left(t\right)\to H\left(t\right)$, $\mathrm{\forall }t>0$, whenever $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ is a sequence in X such that $\left\{f{x}_{n}\right\}$ and $\left\{S{x}_{n}\right\}$ converge in the $\left(ϵ,\lambda \right)$-topology to some $x\in X$ as $n\to \mathrm{\infty }$.

Remark 3.2 It should be point out that the concept of compatible mappings was introduced by Jungck  in metric space. The concept of compatible mappings introduced here is a generalization of Jungck  and Singh et al. .

Theorem 3.3 Let $\left(X,\mathcal{F},T\right)$ be a complete Menger PM-space, $f,g,S,G:X\to X$ be mappings satisfying the following conditions:

1. (i)

$S\left(X\right)\subset g\left(X\right)$, $G\left(X\right)\subset f\left(X\right)$;

2. (ii)

${F}_{Sx,Ty}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge min\left\{{F}_{f\left(x\right),g\left(y\right)}\left(t\right),{F}_{f\left(x\right),S\left(x\right)}\left(t\right),{F}_{g\left(y\right),G\left(y\right)}\left(t\right)\right\}$

for all $x,y\in X$, $t>0$, where the function $\varphi :\left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)\to \left[0,\mathrm{\infty }\right)$ is onto strictly increasing and satisfies condition (Φ). If either f or g is continuous and the pairs S, f and G, g both are compatible, and if there exists an ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that

${E}_{F}\left({z}_{0},{z}_{1}\right):=\underset{\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)}{sup}\left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{0}\right),{z}_{1}\right)<\mathrm{\infty },$
(3.1)

where ${z}_{0}=S\left({x}_{0}\right)$, ${z}_{1}=G\left({x}_{1}\right)$ and $g\left({x}_{1}\right)=S\left({x}_{0}\right)$, then S, G, f, g have a unique common fixed point z in X.

Proof By condition (i), there exists ${x}_{1}\in X$ such that $S{x}_{0}=g\left({x}_{1}\right)={z}_{0}$. For ${x}_{1}$, there exists ${x}_{2}\in X$ such that $G\left({x}_{1}\right)=f\left({x}_{2}\right)={z}_{1}$. Inductively, we can construct sequences $\left\{{x}_{n}\right\}$ and $\left\{{z}_{n}\right\}$ as follows:

$\left\{\begin{array}{c}g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)=S\left({x}_{2n}\right)={z}_{2n},\hfill \\ f\left({x}_{2n+2}\right)=G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)={z}_{2n+1},\hfill \end{array}\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }n\ge 0.$
(3.2)

It follows from condition (ii) that, for any $t>0$,

$\begin{array}{rl}{F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)& ={F}_{S\left({x}_{2n}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\\ \ge min\left\{{F}_{f\left({x}_{2n}\right),{g}_{\left(}{x}_{2n+1}\right)}\left(t\right),{F}_{f\left({x}_{2n}\right),S{x}_{2n}}\left(t\right),{F}_{g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)}\left(t\right)\right\}\\ =min\left\{{F}_{{z}_{2n-1},{z}_{2n}}\left(t\right),{F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right)\right\}.\end{array}$
(3.3)

If ${F}_{{z}_{2n-1},{z}_{2n}}\left(t\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right)$, then from (3.3), ${F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right)$, $\mathrm{\forall }t>0$, and so

Since ϕ satisfies condition (Φ), we have

$0=\underset{m\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}{F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left({\varphi }^{m}\left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0.$

This contradicts that ${F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right)$ is a distribution function. Therefore

${F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{2n-1},{z}_{2n}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0.$

Similarly we can prove that

${F}_{{z}_{2n+1},{z}_{2n+2}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{2n},{z}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0.$

These show that, for any positive integer $m\ge 1$, we have

${F}_{{z}_{m},{z}_{m+1}}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}}\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0,$

i.e.,

${F}_{{z}_{m},{z}_{m+1}}\left(t\right)\ge {F}_{{z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0.$
(3.4)

On the other hand, it follows from Lemma 1.11 that, for any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$,

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{m},{z}_{m+1}\right)& =inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{z}_{m},{z}_{m+1}}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le inf\left\{\varphi {\left(\varphi \right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le \varphi \left(inf\left\{{\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,{F}_{{z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left(inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{{z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}\right)\right).\end{array}$

By induction, we can prove that

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{m},{z}_{m+1}\right)\le \varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{m-1},{z}_{m}\right)\right)\le \cdots \le {\varphi }^{m}\left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}_{0},{z}_{1}\right)\right).$
(3.5)

By Lemma 1.7, for any given $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$ and for any positive integers m, n, $m>n$, there exists $\mu \in \left(0,\mu \right]$ such that

This implies that $\left\{{z}_{n}\right\}$ is a Cauchy sequence in X. Without loss of generality, we can assume that ${z}_{n}\to {z}^{\ast }\in X$. Therefore

$\begin{array}{r}f\left({x}_{2n}\right)={z}_{2n-1}\to {z}^{\ast };\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)={z}_{2n}\to {z}^{\ast };\\ S\left({x}_{2n}\right)={z}_{2n}\to {z}^{\ast };\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)={z}_{2n+1}\to {z}^{\ast }.\end{array}$
(3.6)

By the assumption, without loss of generality, we can assume that f is continuous, then ${f}^{2}\left({x}_{2n}\right)\to f\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$ and $fS\left({x}_{2n}\right)\to f\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$. Since S and f are compatible, we have

${F}_{Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),fS\left({x}_{2n}\right)}\left(t\right)\to H\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0,$
(3.7)

and so we have

${F}_{Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),f{z}^{\ast }}\left(t\right)\ge T\left({F}_{Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),fS\left({x}_{2n}\right)}\left(t-\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\right),\phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}{F}_{fS\left({x}_{2n}\right),f{z}^{\ast }}\left(\varphi \left(t\right)\right)\to H\left(t\right),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall }t>0.$

This shows that

(3.8)

Again for any positive integer $n\ge 1$ and $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$, from Lemma 1.11, we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)=& inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),G{x}_{2n+1}}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & inf\left\{\varphi {\left(\varphi \right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,min\left\{{F}_{{f}^{2}\left({x}_{2n}\right),g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{{f}^{2}\left({x}_{2n}\right),Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}\right\}\\ \le & \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({f}^{2}\left({x}_{2n}\right),g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({f}^{2}\left({x}_{2n}\right),Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right)\right),\\ {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)\right\}\right).\end{array}$

Therefore we have

$\underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(Sf\left({x}_{2n}\right),G{x}_{2n+1}\right)={E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)\le \varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),{z}^{\ast }\right).$

By Remark 1.10, ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)=0$, i.e., ${z}^{\ast }=f{z}^{\ast }$.

Similarly, we can prove that

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)\le & \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(\left(f{z}^{\ast }\right),g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f{z}^{\ast },S{z}^{\ast }\right),\\ {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)\right\}\right).\end{array}$

Hence we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)& =\underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)\\ \le \underset{n\to \mathrm{\infty }}{lim}\varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f{z}^{\ast },g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f{z}^{\ast },S{z}^{\ast }\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(g\left({x}_{2n+1}\right),G\left({x}_{2n+1}\right)\right)\right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left(max\left\{0,{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right),0\right\}\right)\\ =\varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)\right)\end{array}$

and so ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)=0$, i.e., $S{z}^{\ast }={z}^{\ast }$.

Select $z\in X$ such that $g\left(z\right)={z}^{\ast }=S\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$. Then $G\left(g\left(z\right)\right)=G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$ and for any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left(z\right)\right)=& {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S{z}^{\ast },G\left(z\right)\right)\\ =& inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{S{z}^{\ast },G\left(z\right)}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & inf\left\{\varphi {\left(\varphi \right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,min\left\{{F}_{f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),g\left(z\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),S\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{g\left(z\right),G\left(z\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),g\left(z\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),S\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(g\left(z\right),G\left(z\right)\right)\right\}\right)\\ =& \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },S\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right),{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left(z\right)\right)\right\}\right)\\ =& \varphi \left(max\left\{0,0,{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left(z\right)\right)\right\}\right).\end{array}$

This implies that ${z}^{\ast }=G\left(z\right)$, and so $g\left(G\left(z\right)\right)=g\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$. Since G, g are compatible and ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(G\left(z\right),g\left(z\right)\right)={E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }\right)=0$, we get

${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(G{z}^{\ast },g\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right)={E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(G\left(g\left(z\right)\right),g\left(G\left(z\right)\right)\right)=0.$

This shows that $G{z}^{\ast }=g\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$. Again for any $\lambda \in \left(0,1\right)$

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right)=& {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S\left({z}^{\ast }\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right)\\ =& inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{S\left({z}^{\ast }\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & inf\left\{\varphi {\left(\varphi \right)}^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,min\left\{{F}_{f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),g\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{f\left({z}^{\ast }\right),S\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{g\left({z}^{\ast }\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & \varphi \left(inf\left\{{\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)>0,min\left\{{F}_{{z}^{\ast },G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{{z}^{\ast },{z}^{\ast }}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{G\left({z}^{\ast }\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\right)\\ =& \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right),0,0\right\}\right)\\ =& \varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right).\end{array}$

This implies that ${E}_{\lambda ,F}\left({z}^{\ast },G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right)=0$, i.e., ${z}^{\ast }=G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)$, and so ${z}^{\ast }$ is a common fixed point of f, S, g, G in X.

If $y\in X$ is also a common fixed point of f, S, g, G, then we have

$\begin{array}{rl}{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(y,{z}^{\ast }\right)=& {E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(S\left(y\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)\right)\\ =& inf\left\{t>0,{F}_{S\left(y\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left(t\right)>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & inf\left\{t>0,min\left\{{F}_{y,{z}^{\ast }}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),{F}_{f\left(y\right),S\left(y\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right),\\ {F}_{g\left({z}^{\ast }\right),G\left({z}^{\ast }\right)}\left({\varphi }^{-1}\left(t\right)\right)\right\}>1-\lambda \right\}\\ \le & \varphi \left(max\left\{{E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(y,{z}^{\ast }\right),0,0\right\}\right)\\ =& \varphi \left({E}_{\lambda ,F}\left(y,{z}^{\ast }\right)\right),\end{array}$

i.e., $y={z}^{\ast }$. This completes the proof of Theorem 3.3. □

Remark 3.4 If the mappings $S,G:X\to X$ given in Theorem 3.3 are multi-valued, we can also prove that the conclusion of Theorem 3.3 still holds, i.e., $y={z}^{\ast }$. This completes the proof of Theorem 3.3.

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This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11361070). The authors would like to express their thanks to the reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.

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