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Abstract and Applied Analysis

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 634371, 12 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/634371

## Multidimensional Fixed-Point Theorems in Partially Ordered Complete Partial Metric Spaces under ()-Contractivity Conditions

University of Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas s/n, 23071 Jaén, Spain

Received 17 March 2013; Accepted 17 June 2013

Academic Editor: Abdelouahed Hamdi

Copyright © 2013 A. Roldán et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

We study the existence and uniqueness of coincidence point for nonlinear mappings of any number of arguments under a weak ()-contractivity condition in partial metric spaces. The results we obtain generalize, extend, and unify several classical and very recent related results in the literature in metric spaces (see Aydi et al. (2011), Berinde and Borcut (2011), Gnana Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham (2006), Berzig and Samet (2012), Borcut and Berinde (2012), Choudhury et al. (2011), Karapınar and Luong (2012), Lakshmikantham and Ćirić (2009), Luong and Thuan (2011), and Roldán et al. (2012)) and in partial metric spaces (see Shatanawi et al. (2012)).

#### 1. Introduction

The notion of *coupled fixed point* was introduced by Guo and Lakshmikantham [1] in 1987. In a recent paper, Gnana Bhaskar and Lakshmikantham [2] introduced the concept *mixed monotone property* for contractive operators of the form , where is a partially ordered metric space, and then established some coupled fixed-point theorems. After that, many results appeared on coupled fixed-point theory in different contexts (see, e.g., [3–6]). Later, Berinde and Borcut [7] introduced the concept of *tripled fixed point* and proved tripled fixed-point theorems using mixed monotone mappings (see also [8–10]).

Very recently, Roldán et al. [11] proposed the notion of *coincidence point* between mappings in any number of variables and showed some existence and uniqueness theorems that extended the mentioned previous results for this kind of nonlinear mappings, not necessarily permuted or ordered, in the framework of partially ordered complete metric spaces, using a weaker contraction condition, that also generalized other works by Berzig and Samet [12], Karapınar and Berinde [13].

Partial metric spaces were firstly introduced by Matthews in [14] as an attempt to generalize the metric spaces by establishing the condition that the distance between a point to itself (which is not necessarily zero) is less or equal than the distance between that point and another point of the space. In the mentioned papers, Matthews studied topological properties of partial metric spaces and stated a modified version of a Banach contraction mapping principle on this kind of spaces. After Matthews' pioneering work, the theory of partial metric spaces and particularly the field of fixed-point theorems have expansively been developed due to the increasing interest in this area and motivated by its possible applications (see [15, 16] and references therein).

In this paper, our main aim is to study a weaker contractivity condition for nonlinear mappings of any number of arguments. This condition can be particularized in a variety of forms that let us extend the previously mentioned results and other recent ones in this field (see [2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 16–20]). We also notice that our results cannot be obtained by the very recent paper of Haghi et al. [21] (for more details see Remark 26).

#### 2. Preliminaries

Preliminaries and notation about coincidence points can also be found in [11]. Let be a positive integer. Henceforth, will denote a nonempty set, and will denote the product space . Throughout this paper, and will denote nonnegative integers and . Unless otherwise stated, “for all ” will mean “for all ”, and “for all ” will mean “for all ”. Let .

A *metric on * is a mapping satisfying, for all : (i) if, and only if, ;(ii).

From these properties, we can easily deduce that and for all . The last requirement is called the *triangle inequality*. If is a metric on , we say that is a *metric space* (for short, an MS).

*Definition 1 (see [22]). * A triple is called *a partially ordered metric space* if is a MS and is a partial order on .

*Definition 2 (see [2]). *An ordered MS is said to have the *sequential **-monotone property* if it verifies(i)if is a nondecreasing sequence and , then for all ;(ii)if is a nonincreasing sequence and , then for all .

If is the identity mapping, then is said to have the *sequential monotone property*.

Henceforth, fix a partition of two non-empty subsets of ; that is, and We will denote If is a partially ordered space, , and , we will use the following notation:

Let and be two mappings.

*Definition 3 (see [11]). *One says that and are commuting if for all .

*Definition 4 (see [11]). * Let be a partially ordered space. One says that has the *mixed **-monotone property* (with respect to ) if is -monotone nondecreasing in arguments of and -monotone nonincreasing in arguments of ; that is, for all and all ,

Henceforth, let be mappings from into itself, and let be the -tuple .

*Definition 5 (see [11]). * A point is called a -*coincidence point of the mappings **and * if
If is the identity mapping on , then is called a *-fixed point of the mapping *.

*Remark 6. *If and are commuting and is a -coincidence point of and , then also is a -coincidence point of and .

*Definition 7 (see [14]). * A *partial metric on * is a mapping verifying, for all : ; ; ; .

In this case, is a *partial metric space* (for short, a PMS).

*Example 8 (see, e.g., [14]). * Let , and define on by for all . Then, is a partial metric space.

*Example 9 (see [14]). *Let , and define = . Then, is a partial metric space.

*Example 10 (see [14]). *Let , and define by
Then, is a partial metric space.

*Example 11 (see, e.g., [23, 24]). *Let and be a metric space and a partial metric space, respectively. Functions given by
define partial metrics on , where is an arbitrary function and .

Obviously, if is a MS and we define , then is a PMS. Indeed, a partial metric on verifies(i);
(ii);
(iii),

but the condition does not necessarily hold. For a partial metric on , the mappings given by
for all , are (usual) metrics on . On a PMS, the concepts of convergence, Cauchy sequences, completeness, and continuity are defined as follows.

*Definition 12 (see [14, 25, 26]). *Let be a sequence on a PMS .(i) *-converges* to (and one will write ) if .(ii) is called *-Cauchy* if exists (and it is finite).(iii) is said to be *-complete* if every -Cauchy sequence in -converges to a point such that .(iv)A mapping is said to be *-continuous at * if, for every , there exists such that .

We have used the previous notation because we need to distinguish between -convergence and -convergence on and usual convergence for real sequences.

Lemma 13 (see [14, 25, 26]). * Let be a sequence on a PMS .*(1)* is -Cauchy if, and only if, it is -Cauchy.*(2)* if, and only if, and ; that is,
*(3)* is complete if, and only if, the MS is complete.*(4)*If and , then for all . *

#### 3. Auxiliary Results

We will use the following results about real sequences in the proof of our main theorems.

Lemma 14. *Let be real lower bounded sequences such that . Then, there exists and a subsequence such that . *

*Proof. *Let for all . As is convergent, it is bounded. As for all and , then every is bounded. As is a real bounded sequence, it has a convergent subsequence . Consider the subsequences ; that are real bounded sequences and the sequence that also converges to . As is a real bounded sequence, it has a convergent subsequence . Then, the sequences , , also are real bounded sequences, , and . Repeating this process times, we can find subsequences , , (where ) such that for all . And . But
so , and there exists such that . Therefore, there exists and a subsequence such that .

Lemma 15. *Let be a sequence of nonnegative real numbers which has not any subsequence converging to zero. Then, for all , there exist and such that for all .*

*Proof. *Suppose that the conclusion is not true. Then, there exists such that, for all , there exists verifying . Let be such that . For all , take . Then, there exists verifying . Taking limit when , we deduce that . Then, has a subsequence converging to zero (maybe, reordering ), but this is a contradiction.

Lemma 16. *If is a sequence in a MS that is not Cauchy, then there exist and two subsequences and such that, for all ,
*

*Proof. *We know that
If this condition is not true, then
Let . Then, there exists such that and . Let , and consider the numbers
Since , between the previous numbers there exists a first nonnegative integer such that but for all . In particular, .

Now, let . Then, there exists such that and . Let , and consider the numbers
Since , between the previous numbers there exists a first nonnegative integer such that but for all . In particular, .

Repeating this process, we can find two subsequences and such that, for all :

*Definition 17. *Let be the family of all continuous, nondecreasing mappings such that if, and only if, .

These mappings are known as *altering distance functions* (see [27]). Note that every selected commutes with ; that is, for all .

Lemma 18. *If and , then . *

*Proof. *As there exists , then . If the conclusion is not true, there exists such that, for all , there exists verifying . This means that has a subsequence such that . As is nondecreasing, for all . Therefore, has a subsequence lower bounded by , but this is impossible since .

With regards to coincidence points, it is possible to consider the following simplification. If is a permutation of , and we reorder (4), then we deduce that every coincidence point may be seen as a coincidence point associated to the identity mapping on (see, for instance, [28]).

Lemma 19. *Let be a permutation of , and let and = . Then, a point is a -coincidence point of the mappings and if, and only if, is a -coincidence point of the mappings and . *

Therefore, in the sequel, without loss of generality, we will only consider -coincidence points where , that is, that verify for all . We also show some preliminary results on PMS.

Lemma 20. *Let be a sequence on a PMS , and let .*(1)*If and , then , and for all .*(2)*If and , then . *

*Proof. * Since and , then = . Therefore, = = , so . Since is continuous, then for all , and item 4 of Lemma 13 implies that .

Item 2 of Lemma 13 shows that .

*Remark 21. *Although the limit in a MS is unique, the -limit in a PMS is not necessarily unique. For instance, let as in Example 10. Then, is a complete PMS (see [14]). Consider for all . Then, but whenever .

*Definition 22. *Let , let be a PMS, let be a mapping, and let . We will say that is -*continuous* at if, for all sequences on such that for all , for all and , we have that and . One will say that is -*continuous* if it is continuous at every point .

Lemma 23. *If is a PMS, and is -continuous at , then is -continuous at . *

*Proof. *Let sequences on such that for all , for all , and . Item 1 of Lemma 20 implies that for all . Since is -continuous at , then . Item 2 of Lemma 13 assures us that and
Then, is -continuous at .

#### 4. Main Results

In the following result, we show sufficient conditions to ensure the existence of -coincidence points, where .

Theorem 24. *Let be a complete PMS, and let a partial order on . Let be an -tuple of mappings from into itself verifying if and if . Let and be two mappings such that has the mixed -monotone property on , and is -continuous and commuting with . Assume that there exist such that
**
for which for all . Suppose either is -continuous or has the sequential -monotone property. If there exist verifying for all , then and have, at least, one -coincidence point. *

*Proof. *The proof is divided into seven steps. The first two steps are the same as in the proof of Theorem 9 in [11], since the contractivity condition does not play any role in these parts of the proof.*Step 1*. There exist sequences such that = for all and all .*Step 2*. for all and all .*Step 3*. We claim that for all (i.e., ).

Indeed, define for all . As for all and all , then condition (17) implies that, for all and all :Therefore, for all , . This means that the sequence is nonincreasing and lower bounded. Hence, it is convergent; that is, there exists such that . We are going to show that . Since
Lemma 14 assures that there exist and a subsequence such that . Repeating (18), for all ,
Consider the sequence
Suppose that this sequence has no subsequence converging to zero. Using , Lemma 15 assures us that there exists and such that for all . It follows that
Then, (20) says to us
Taking limit in , we deduce that , which is impossible. Therefore, the sequence in (21) must have a subsequence converging to zero. Since and are continuous, taking limit when in (20) using this subsequence, we deduce that , so . Then, we have just proved that . Therefore, , and Lemma 18 assures that , which means that for all since for all and all .*Step 4. * for all (i.e., ). It is the same proof of Step 3.

Since for all and , joining Steps 3 and 4, it follows that
*Step 5. Every sequence ** is **-Cauchy*. We reason by contradiction. Suppose that are not -Cauchy () and are -Cauchy, being . By Lemma 16, for all , there exists and subsequences and such that
Now, let and . Since are -Cauchy, for all , there exists such that if , then . Since by Step 4, there exists such that if , then . Define . If , then
Therefore, we have proved that there exists such that if , then

Next, let such that . Let such that , and define . Consider the numbers until finding the first positive integer verifying
Now let such that , and define . Consider the numbers until finding the first positive integer verifying
Repeating this process, we can find sequences such that, for all ,
Note that by (27), for all , so
for all and all . Furthermore, for all ,
Therefore, for all and all ,
Next, for all , let be an index such that
Then, for all ,
Applying the contractivity condition (17), it follows, for all ,
Consider the sequence:
If this sequence has a subsequence that converges to zero, then we can take limit when in (36) using this subsequence, so that we would have , which is impossible since . Therefore, the sequence (37) has no subsequence converging to zero. In this case, taking in Lemma 15, there exist and such that , for all . It follows that, for all , . Thus, by (36),
Fix any and we are going to prove that . Indeed, by Step 3 and (24), since
are sequences converging to zero, we can find such that if , then
Therefore, (33) implies that, for all and for all such that ,
Then, (38) guarantees that . This means that for all . If we take (where ), we deduce that for all . Since is continuous, we have that , which is impossible since . This contradiction finally proves that every sequence is -Cauchy.

Since is -complete, then is -complete (item 3 of Lemma 13). Then, there exist such that for all . Furthermore, = = = for all . Since is -continuous, then and for all . Item 1 of Lemma 20 shows that for all . Therefore, for all , . Moreover, for all and all , .*Step 6. Suppose that ** is **-continuous*. In this case, we know that and for all and
which implies that and , for all . Item 1 of Lemma 20 assures us that, for all ,
Since the limit in a MS is unique, we deduce that for all , so is a -coincidence point of and .*Step 7*. *Suppose that * *has the sequential **-monotone property*. In this case, by Step 2, we know that for all and all . This means that the sequence is monotone. As , we deduce that for all and all. This condition implies that, for all and all ,
(the first case occurs when and the second one when ). Then, by (17), for all ,