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# Ciric-type *δ*-contractions in metric spaces endowed with a graph

- Cristian Chifu
^{1}Email author and - Adrian Petruşel
^{2}

**2014**:77

https://doi.org/10.1186/1029-242X-2014-77

© Chifu and Petruşel; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received:**15 October 2013**Accepted:**13 January 2014**Published:**17 February 2014

## Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present some fixed-point and strict fixed-point results in a metric space endowed with a graph, using a contractive condition of Ćirić type with respect to the functional *δ*. The data dependence of the fixed-point set, the well-posedness of the fixed-point problem, and the limit shadowing property are also studied.

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

## Keywords

- fixed point
- strict fixed point
- metric space
- connected graph
- well-posed problem
- limit shadowing property

## 1 Preliminaries

A recent research direction in fixed-point theory is the study of the fixed-point problem for single-valued and multivalued operators in the context of a metric space endowed with a graph. This approach was recently considered by Jachymski in [1], Gwóźdź-Lukawska and Jachymski in [2], and then it was developed in many other papers ([3–5], *etc.*).

On the other hand, fixed points and strict fixed points (also called end-points) are important elements in mathematical economics and game theory. It represents optimal preferences in some Arrow-Debreu type models or Nash type equilibrium points for some abstract noncooperative games, see, for example, [6] and [7]. From this perspective, it is important to give fixed and strict fixed-point theorems for multivalued operators.

We shall begin by presenting some notions and notations that will be used throughout the paper.

Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and Δ be the diagonal of $X\times X$. Let *G* be a directed graph such that the set $V(G)$ of its vertices coincides with *X* and $\mathrm{\Delta}\subseteq E(G)$, $E(G)$ being the set of the edges of the graph. Assuming that *G* has no parallel edges, we will suppose that *G* can be identified with the pair $(V(G),E(G))$.

If *x* and *y* are vertices of *G*, then a path in *G* from *x* to *y* of length $k\in \mathbb{N}$ is a finite sequence ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \{0,1,2,\dots ,k\}}$ of vertices such that ${x}_{0}=x$, ${x}_{k}=y$ and $({x}_{i-1},{x}_{i})\in E(G)$, for $i\in \{1,2,\dots ,k\}$.

Let us denote by $\tilde{G}$ the undirected graph obtained from *G* by ignoring the direction of edges. Notice that a graph *G* is connected if there is a path between any two vertices and it is weakly connected if $\tilde{G}$ is connected.

*A*and

*B*in the metric space $(X,d)$ as:

Denote by $diam(A):=\delta (A,A)$ the diameter of the set *A*.

Let $T:X\to P(X)$ be a multivalued operator and $Graphic(T):=\{(x,y)|y\in T(x)\}$ the graphic of *T*. $x\in X$ is called *fixed point* for *T* if and only if $x\in T(x)$, and it is called *strict fixed point* if and only if $\{x\}=T(x)$.

The set $Fix(T):=\{x\in X|x\in T(x)\}$ is called the fixed-point set of *T*, while $SFix(T)=\{x\in X|\{x\}=T(x)\}$ is called the strict fixed-point set of *T*. Notice that $SFix(T)\subseteq Fix(T)$.

We will write $E(G)\in I(T\times T)$ if and only if for every $x,y\in X$ with $(x,y)\in E(G)$ we have $T(x)\times T(y)\subset E(G)$.

For the particular case of a single-valued operator $t:X\to X$ the above notations should be considered accordingly. In particular, the condition $E(G)\in I(t\times t)$ means that the operator *t* is edge preserving (in the sense of the Jachymski’s definition of a Banach contraction), *i.e.* for each $x,y\in X$ with $(x,y)\in E(G)$ we have $(t(x),t(y))\in E(G)$ (see [1]). We will also denote by $O({x}_{0},n):=\{{x}_{0},t({x}_{0}),{t}^{2}({x}_{0}),\dots ,{t}^{n}({x}_{0})\}$ the orbit of order *n* of the operator *t* corresponding to ${x}_{0}\in X$.

In this paper we prove some fixed-point and strict fixed-point theorems for single-valued and multivalued operators satisfying a contractive condition of Ćirić type with respect to the functional *δ*. Our results also generalize and extend some fixed-point theorems in partially ordered complete metric spaces given in Harjani, Sadarangani [8], Nieto, Rodríguez-López [9] and [10], Nieto *et al.* [11], O’Regan, Petruşel [12], Petruşel, Rus [13] and Ran, Reurings [14]. For other general results concerning Ćirić type fixed-point theorems see Rus [15].

In the main section of the paper we give results concerning the existence and uniqueness of the fixed point and of the strict fixed point of a Ćirić type (single-valued and multivalued) contraction. Then the well-posedness of the fixed-point problem, the data dependence of the fixed-point set, and the limit shadowing property are also studied. Our results complement and extend some recent theorems given in [16] for multivalued Reich-type operators.

## 2 Main results

In this section we present the main results of the paper concerning the fixed-point problem and, respectively, the strict fixed-point problem for a single-valued, respectively, of a multivalued Ćirić type contraction.

**Definition 2.1**Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $T:X\to {P}_{cl}(X)$ be a multivalued operator. By definition, the fixed-point problem is well-posed for

*T*with respect to

*H*if:

- (i)
$SFixT=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$;

- (ii)
If ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is a sequence in

*X*such that $H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, then ${x}_{n}\stackrel{d}{\to}{x}^{\ast}$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$.

**Definition 2.2** Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $T:X\to P(X)$ be a multivalued operator. By definition *T* has the limit shadowing property if for any sequence ${({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ from *X* such that $D({y}_{n+1},T({y}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, there exists ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, a sequence of successive approximation of *T*, such that $d({x}_{n},{y}_{n})\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$.

In order to prove the limit shadowing property we shall need Cauchy’s lemma.

**Lemma 2.1** (Cauchy’s lemma)

*Let*${({a}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$

*and*${({b}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$

*be two sequences of non*-

*negative real numbers*,

*such that*${\sum}_{k=0}^{+\mathrm{\infty}}{a}_{k}<+\mathrm{\infty}$

*and*${b}_{n}\to 0$,

*as*$n\to \mathrm{\infty}$.

*Then*

The first main result of this paper is the following result for the case of single-valued operators. The proof of this result is inspired by the proof of Ćirić’s fixed-point theorem in [17] and the approach introduced for metric spaces endowed with a graph by Jachymski in [1].

**Theorem 2.1**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space and*

*G*

*be a directed graph such that the triple*$(X,d,G)$

*satisfies the following property*:

*Let*$t:X\to X$

*be a single*-

*valued operator*.

*Suppose the following assertions hold*:

- (i)
*there exists*$a\in [0,1[$*such that*$d(t(x),t(y))\le a\cdot max\{d(x,y),d(x,t(x)),d(y,t(y)),d(x,t(y)),d(y,t(x))\},$*for all*$(x,y)\in E(G)$; - (ii)
*there exists*${x}_{0}\in X$*such that*$({x}_{0},t({x}_{0}))\in E(G)$; - (iii)
$E(G)\in I(t\times t)$;

- (iv)
*if*$(x,y)\in E(G)$*and*$(y,z)\in E(G)$,*then*$(x,z)\in E(G)$.

*In these conditions we have*:

- (a)
(

*existence*) $Fix(t)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$; - (b)(
*uniqueness*)*If*,*in addition*,*the following implication holds*${x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}\in Fix(t)\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\Rightarrow \phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in E(G),$

*then* $Fix(t)=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$.

*Proof*(a) Let ${x}_{0}\in X$ such that $({x}_{0},t({x}_{0}))\in E(G)$. By (iii) we obtain $({t}^{i}({x}_{0}),{t}^{i+1}({x}_{0}))\in E(G)$, for all $i\in \mathbb{N}$. Then, by (iv), we get

Thus, (2.4) shows that the sequence ${({t}^{n}({x}_{0}))}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is Cauchy and, as a consequence of the completeness of the space, it converges to an element ${x}^{\ast}\in X$.

We will show now that ${x}^{\ast}\in Fix(t)$.

*P*), there exists a subsequence ${({x}_{{k}_{n}})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ such that $({x}_{{k}_{n}},{x}^{\ast})\in E(G)$ for each $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Now, we can write

Letting $n\to +\mathrm{\infty}$ we get ${x}^{\ast}\in Fix(t)$.

(b) Suppose that there exist ${x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}\in Fix(t)$ with ${x}^{\ast}\ne {y}^{\ast}$.

which is a contradiction. □

**Remark 2.1** Notice that, from the proof of the above theorem, it follows that the sequence ${({t}^{n}({x}_{0}))}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ converges to ${x}^{\ast}$ in $(X,d)$.

**Remark 2.2**If in the above theorem, instead of property (

*P*) we suppose that

*t*has closed graphic, then we can reach the same conclusion. Moreover if we suppose that

then we get again $Fix(t)=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$.

Based on the above theorem, we can prove now our second main result.

**Theorem 2.2**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space and*

*G*

*be a directed graph such that the triple*$(X,d,G)$

*satisfies the following property*:

*Let*$T:X\to {P}_{b}(X)$

*be a multivalued operator*.

*Suppose the following assertions hold*:

- (i)
*there exists*$a\in [0,1[$*such that*$\delta (T(x),T(y))\le a\cdot max\{d(x,y),\delta (x,T(x)),\delta (y,T(y)),D(x,T(y)),D(y,T(x))\},$*for all*$(x,y)\in E(G)$; - (ii)
*there exists*${x}_{0}\in X$*such that*,*for all*$y\in T({x}_{0})$,*we have*$({x}_{0},y)\in E(G)$; - (iii)
$E(G)\in I(T\times T)$;

- (iv)
*if*$(x,y)\in E(G)$*and*$(y,z)\in E(G)$,*then*$(x,z)\in E(G)$.

*In these conditions we have*:

- (a)
(

*existence*) $Fix(T)=SFix(T)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$; - (b)(
*uniqueness*)*If*,*in addition*,*the following implication holds*:${x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}\in Fix(T)\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\Rightarrow \phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})\in E(G),$

*then*$Fix(T)=SFix(T)=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$;

- (c)
(

*well*-*posedness of the fixed*-*point problem*)*If T has closed graphic and for any sequence*${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, ${x}_{n}\in X$*with*$H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))\to 0$,*as*$n\to \mathrm{\infty}$,*we have*$({x}_{n},{x}^{\ast})\in E(G)$,*then the fixed*-*point problem is well*-*posed for**T**with respect to**H*; - (d)(
*limit shadowing property of T*)*If*$a<\frac{1}{3}$*and*${({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$*is a sequence in**X**such that the following implication holds*:$D({y}_{n+1},T({y}_{n}))\to 0,\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathit{\text{as}}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}n\to \mathrm{\infty}\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\Rightarrow \phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}({y}_{n},{x}^{\ast})\in E(G),\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\mathrm{\forall}n\in \mathbb{N},$

*then* *T* *has the limit shadowing property*.

*Proof*(a) Let $0<q<1$ be an arbitrary real number. Notice first that, for any $x\in X$, there exists $u\in T(x)$ such that ${a}^{q}\delta (x,T(x))\le d(x,u)$. In this way, we get an operator $t:X\to X$ which assigns to each $x\in X$ the element $t(x)\in T(x)$ with

Thus, the operator *t* satisfies all the hypotheses of Theorem 2.1 and, as a consequence, it has a fixed point ${x}^{\ast}\in X$. Then ${x}^{\ast}\in Fix(T)$. If we suppose now that there exists $x\in Fix(T)\setminus SFix(T)$, then, since $(x,x)\in \mathrm{\Delta}$, from the condition (i) (with $y=x$), we get $\delta (T(x))\le a\delta (T(x))$, which implies (since $a<1$) that $\delta (T(x))=0$. Thus $T(x)=\{x\}$. This is a contradiction with $x\in Fix(T)\setminus SFix(T)$, proving that $Fix(T)=SFix(T)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$.

(b) Suppose that there exist ${x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast}\in Fix(T)=SFix(T)$.

which implies that $d({x}^{\ast},{y}^{\ast})=0$. Hence $Fix(T)=SFix(T)=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$.

(c) Let ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$, ${x}_{n}\in X$, be a sequence with the property that $H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$. It is obvious that $H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))=\delta ({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))$.

and, as a consequence, the fixed-point problem is well-posed for *T* with respect to *H*.

(d) Let ${({y}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence in *X* such that $D({y}_{n+1},T({y}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$ and let ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of successive approximation of *T* starting from ${x}_{0}\in X$, constructed as in the proof of Theorem 2.1. We shall prove that $d({x}_{n},{y}_{n})\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$.

If we consider ${a}_{n}={(\frac{2a}{1-a})}^{n}$ and ${b}_{n}=D({y}_{n+1},T({y}_{n}))$ and using the fact that $a<\frac{1}{3}$, we obtain, via Cauchy’s lemma, $d({x}^{\ast},{y}_{n})\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$. Thus $d({x}^{\ast},{y}_{n})\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, and hence, the operator *T* has the limit shadowing property. □

**Remark 2.3**If in Theorem 2.1, instead of property (

*P*), we suppose that every selection

*t*of

*T*has closed graphic, then we obtain $Fix(T)=SFix(T)\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$. Moreover if we suppose that the following implication holds:

then $Fix(T)=SFix(T)=\{{x}^{\ast}\}$.

*Proof* Since every selection *t* of *T* has closed graphic, the conclusion follows by Theorem 2.1, via Remark 2.2. □

**Definition 2.3**Let $(X,d)$ be a metric space and $T:X\to {P}_{cl}(X)$ be a multivalued operator. By definition the fixed-point problem is well-posed in the generalized sense for

*T*with respect to

*H*if

- (i)
$SFixT\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$;

- (ii)
If ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ is a sequence in

*X*such that $H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, then there exists a subsequence ${({x}_{{k}_{n}})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ such that ${x}_{{k}_{n}}\stackrel{d}{\to}{x}^{\ast}$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$.

**Remark 2.4** If in Theorem 2.1 instead of (c) we suppose the following assumption, (c′):

(c′) If every selection *t* of *T* has closed graphic and, in addition, we suppose that for any sequence ${({x}_{n})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}\subset X$ with $H({x}_{n},T({x}_{n}))\to 0$, as $n\to \mathrm{\infty}$, there exists a subsequence ${({x}_{{k}_{n}})}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ such that $({x}_{{k}_{n}},{x}^{\ast})\in E(G)$ and $H({x}_{{k}_{n}},T({x}_{{k}_{n}}))\to 0$, then the fixed-point problem is well-posed in the generalized sense for *T* with respect to *H*.

In what follows we shall present some examples of operators satisfying the hypotheses of our main results.

**Example 2.1**Let $X=\{0,1\}\cup \{\frac{1}{{2}^{k}}:k\in {\mathbb{N}}^{\ast}\}$ and $f:X\to X$ given by

Let $V(G):=X$ and $E(G):=\{(0,1),(1,0)\}\cup \{(0,\frac{1}{{2}^{k}}),(\frac{1}{{2}^{k}},0),(1,\frac{1}{{2}^{k}}),(\frac{1}{{2}^{k}},1):k\in {\mathbb{N}}^{\ast}\}\cup \mathrm{\Delta}$.

Then all the hypotheses of Theorem 2.1 are satisfied, $Fix(t)=\{0\}$ and, if we take ${x}_{0}=\frac{1}{2}$, then ${({t}^{n}({x}_{0}))}_{n\in {\mathbb{N}}^{\ast}}$ converges to ${x}^{\ast}=0$.

**Example 2.2**Let $X=\{(0,0),(0,1),(1,0)\}$ and $T:X\to {P}_{b}(X)$ given by

Let $E(G):=\{((0,1);(1,0)),((1,0);(0,0))\}\cup \mathrm{\Delta}$.

Notice that $Fix(T)=SFix(T)=\{(0,0)\}$ and all the hypotheses in Theorem 2.2 are satisfied (the condition (i) is verified for $a\ge 0,71$).

**Remark 2.5** It is also important to notice that, if we suppose that there exists $x\in Fix(T)\setminus SFix(T)$, then, since $(x,x)\in \mathrm{\Delta}$, from the condition (i) in the above theorem (with $y=x$), we get $\delta (T(x))\le a\delta (T(x))$, which implies $\delta (T(x))=0$ (since $a<1$). This is a contradiction with $x\in Fix(T)\setminus SFix(T)$, showing that we cannot get fixed points which are not strict fixed points in the presence of the condition (i) of the above theorem. It is an open problem to prove a similar theorem to the above one for a more general class of multivalued operators *T*.

The next result presents the data dependence of the fixed-point set of a multivalued operator which satisfies a contractive condition of Ćirić type.

**Theorem 2.3**

*Let*$(X,d)$

*be a complete metric space and*

*G*

*be a directed graph such that the triple*$(X,d,G)$

*satisfies property*(

*P*).

*Let*${T}_{1},{T}_{2}:X\to {P}_{b}(X)$

*be two multivalued operators*.

*Suppose the following assertions hold*:

- (i)
*for*$i\in \{1,2\}$,*there exist*${a}_{i}\in [0,1)$*such that*$\delta ({T}_{i}(x),{T}_{i}(y))\le a\cdot max\{d(x,y),\delta (x,{T}_{i}(x)),\delta (y,{T}_{i}(y)),D(x,{T}_{i}(y)),D(y,{T}_{i}(x))\},$*for all*$(x,y)\in E(G)$; - (ii)
*for each*$x\in X$*and each*$y\in T(x)$*we have*$(x,y)\in E(G)$,*for*$i\in \{1,2\}$; - (iii)
$E(G)\in I(T\times T)$;

- (iv)
*if*$(x,y)\in E(G)$*and*$(y,z)\in E(G)$,*then*$(x,z)\in E(G)$; - (v)
*there exists*$\eta >0$*such that*$H({T}_{1}(x),{T}_{2}(x))\le \eta $*for all*$x\in X$.*Under these conditions we have*: - (a)
$Fix({T}_{i})=SFix({T}_{i})\ne \mathrm{\varnothing}$, $i\in \{1,2\}$;

- (b)
*If*,*in addition*,*for*$i\in \{1,2\}$,*the following implication holds*:${x}_{i}^{\ast},{y}_{i}^{\ast}\in Fix({T}_{i})\phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}\Rightarrow \phantom{\rule{1em}{0ex}}({x}_{i}^{\ast},{y}_{i}^{\ast})\in E(G),$*then*$Fix({T}_{i})=SFix({T}_{i})=\{{x}_{i}^{\ast}\}$,*for each*$i\in \{1,2\}$; - (c)
$H(SFix({T}_{1}),SFix({T}_{2}))\le \frac{\eta}{1-max\{{a}_{1},{a}_{2}\}}$.

*Proof* Conclusions (a) and (b) are immediate if we apply Theorem 2.2.

A second relation of this type will be obtained by interchanging the role of ${T}_{1}$ and ${T}_{2}$. Hence, the conclusion follows by the properties of the functional *H*. □

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### Acknowledgements

The work of the second author is supported by financial support of a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0094.

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