# Existence of common fixed point and best proximity point for generalized nonexpansive type maps in convex metric space

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## Abstract

Here, we extend the notion of (E.A.) property in a convex metric space defined by Kumar and Rathee (Fixed Point Theory Appl 1–14, 2014) by introducing a new class of self-maps which satisfies the common property (E.A.) in the context of convex metric space and ensure the existence of common fixed point for this newly introduced class of self-maps. Also, we guarantee the existence of common best proximity points for this class of maps satisfying generalized non-expansive type condition. We furnish an example in support of the proved results.

## Introduction and preliminaries

In 2002, Aamri and El Moutawakil (2002) obtained the notion of (E.A.) property for a single pair of self-maps. In the recent past, Liu et al. (2005) introduced common property (E.A.) and extend the concept of (E.A.) property defined by Aamri and El Moutawakil (2002) to two pairs of self-maps.

### Definition 1

(Liu et al. 2005) Two pairs (AS) and (BT) of self-maps of a metric space (Xd) are said to satisfy the common property (E.A.) if there exist two sequences $$\{x_n\}$$ and $$\{y_{n}\}$$ in X such that

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ax_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Sx_n=\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }By_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ty_n=t \quad {\text {for some}}\;t\in X. \end{aligned}

In 1970, Takahashi (1970) introduced the notion of convexity into metric space and proved several fixed point theorems for nonexpansive mappings in the context of convex metric space. Then after, Beg and Azam (1987), Fu and Huang (1991), Ciric (1993), and many others have obtained fixed point theorems in convex metric spaces. Very recently, Kumar and Rathee (2014) defined the concept of (E.A.) property in the setup of convex metric space and ensure the existence of common fixed point for a pair of maps satisfying this property by omitting the assumption that the range of one map is contained in other.

In the present work, we define the concept of common property (E.A.) in the context of convex metric space and extend the results of Kumar and Rathee (2014) to four self-maps by utilizing this newly introduced concept. Further, we ensure the existence of common best proximity point for generalized non-expansive type maps.

Before going to the main work, we recall some standard notations, known definitions and results which is required in the sequel. Throughout this paper, $${\mathbb {N}}$$ and $${\mathbb {R}}$$ denote the set of natural numbers and the set of real numbers, respectively.

### Definition 2

(Takahashi 1970) Let (Xd) be a metric space. A continuous mapping $$W: X \times X \times [0,1] \rightarrow X$$ is called a convex structure on X if, for all $$x,y \in X$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$, we have

\begin{aligned} d(u, W(x,y,\lambda ))\le \lambda d(u,x) + (1-\lambda )d(u,y) \end{aligned}
(1)

for all $$u\in X.$$

A metric space (Xd) equipped with a convex structure is called a convex metric space.

### Definition 3

A subset M of a convex metric space (Xd) is called a convex set (Takahashi 1970) if $$W(x,y,\lambda ) \in M$$ for all $$x,y\in M$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$. The set M is said to be q-starshaped (Guay et al. 1982) if there exists $$q\in M$$ such that $$W(x,q,\lambda ) \in M$$ for all $$x\in M$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$.

Clearly, each convex set M is starshaped with respect to any $$q\in M$$ but the converse assertion is not true. Thus, the class of starshaped set properly contains the class of convex set.

### Definition 4

(Guay et al. 1982) A convex metric space (Xd) is said to satisfy the Property (I), if for all $$x, y, z \in X$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$,

\begin{aligned} d(W(x,z,\lambda ), W(y,z,\lambda ))\le \lambda d(x,y). \end{aligned}
(2)

A normed linear space X and each of its convex subset are simple examples of convex metric spaces with W given by $$W(x,y, \lambda ) = \lambda x + (1-\lambda )y$$ for all $$x,y\in X$$ and $$0\le \lambda \le 1$$. Also, Property (I) is always satisfied in a normed linear space. There are many convex metric spaces which are not normed linear space, for details (see Guay et al. 1982; Takahashi 1970).

### Definition 5

Let (Xd) be a convex metric space and M be a subset of X. A mapping $$I: M \rightarrow X$$ is said to be

1. (1)

affine (Al-Thagafi and Shahzad 2006; Huang and Li 1996), if M is convex and $$I(W(x,y,\lambda ))= W(Ix,Iy,\lambda )$$ for all $$x,y\in M$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$.

2. (2)

q-affine (Al-Thagafi and Shahzad 2006; Kumar and Rathee 2014), if M is q-starshaped and $$I(W(x,q,\lambda ))= W(Ix,q,\lambda )$$ for all $$x\in M$$ and $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$.

### Definition 6

Let (Xd) be a metric space, M a nonempty subset of X and let I and T be self-maps of M. A point $$x \in M$$ is a coincidence point (common fixed point) of I and T if $$Ix = Tx (Ix=Tx=x)$$. The pair $$\{I,T\}$$ is called

1. (1)

commuting if $$ITx=TIx$$ for all $$x \in M$$.

2. (2)

compatible (Jungck 1986) if $$\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }d(ITx_m,TIx_m)=0,$$ whenever $$\{x_n\}$$ is a sequence in X such that $$\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ix_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Tx_n=t\in X$$.

For more details about these classes, one can refer to (see Agarwal et al. 2014). In 1998, Pant (1998) defined the concept of reciprocal continuity as follows.

### Definition 7

(Pant 1998) Let (Xd) be a metric space and $$I,T: X\rightarrow X$$. Then the pair (IT) is said to be reciprocally continuous if

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }ITx_n=It\quad \text {and}\quad \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }TIx_n=Tt, \end{aligned}

whenever $$\{x_n\}$$ is a sequence in X such that $$\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ix_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Tx_n=t\in X$$.

It is easy to see that if I and T are continuous, then the pair (IT) is reciprocally continuous but the converse is not true in general (see Imdad et al. 2011, Example 2.3). Moreover, in the setting of common fixed point theorems for compatible pairs of self-mappings satisfying some contractive conditions, continuity of one of the mappings implies their reciprocal continuity.

### Definition 8

(Bouhadjera and Godet-Thobie 2009) Let I and T be two self-maps of a metric space (Xd). Then the pair (IT) is said to be subcompatible if there exists a sequence $$\{x_n\}$$ such that

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ix_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Tx_n=t\in X, \quad {\text {for some}}\;t \in X \;\; \text {and}\;\; \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }d(ITx_n,TIx_n)=0. \end{aligned}

Obviously, compatible maps which satisfy (E.A.) property are subcompatible but the converse statement does not hold in general (see Rouzkard et al. 2012, Example 2.5)

### Definition 9

(Kumar and Rathee 2014) Let M be a q-starshaped subset of a convex metric space (Xd) and let $$I,T:M\rightarrow M$$ with $$q\in F(I)$$. The pair (IT) is said to satisfy (E.A.) property with respect to q if there exists a sequence $$\{x_n\}$$ in M such that for all $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ix_n = \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }x_n = t\in M, \end{aligned}
(3)

where $$T_{\lambda }x = W(Tx,q,\lambda )$$.

Obviously, if the pair (IT) satisfy (E.A.) property with respect to q, then I and T satisfy (E.A.) property but converse assertion is not necessarily true (see Kumar and Rathee 2014, Example 12).

## Main results

We start to this section with following definition.

### Definition 10

Let M be a q-starshaped subset of a convex metric space (Xd) and let ABS and $$T:M\rightarrow M.$$ Two pairs (AS) and (BT) are said to satisfy common property (E.A.) with respect to q if there exist two sequences $$\{x_n\}$$ and $$\{y_n\}$$ in M such that for all $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }Ax_n = \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }x_n =\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }By_n = \lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }y_n = t\in M, \end{aligned}
(4)

where $$S_{\lambda }x = W(Sx,q,\lambda )$$ and $$T_{\lambda }y = W(Ty, q, \lambda )$$

### Remark 11

In Definition 10, if $$A=B$$ and $$S=T$$, then Definition 9 can be obtained as a particular case of Definition 10. Therefore the common property (E.A.) defined here extends the notion of (E.A.) property in convex metric space defined by Kumar and Rathee (2014).

The following Lemma is particular case of the Theorem 4.1 of Chauhan and Pant (2014).

### Lemma 12

Let ABS and T be self-maps of a metric space (Xd). If the pairs (AS) and (BT) are subcompatible, reciprocally continuous and satisfy

\begin{aligned} d(Sx,Ty)\le \lambda \max \{d(Ax,By), d(Ax,Sx), d(By,Ty),d(Ax,Ty),d(By,Sx)\} \end{aligned}
(5)

for some $$\lambda \in (0,1)$$ and all $$x,y\in X$$. Then S and T have a unique common fixed point in X.

### Theorem 13

Let M be a nonempty q-starshaped subset of a convex metric space (Xd) with Property (I) and let ABS and T be continuous self-maps on M such that the pair (AS) and (BT) satisfying common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q. Assume that A and B are q-affine, M is compact. If ABS and T are compatible and satisfy the inequality

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty) \le \max \left\{ d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [sx,q]),dist(By, [Ty,q]), dist(Ax, [Ty, q]), dist(By, [Sx,q])\right\} \end{aligned}
(6)

for all $$x, y \in M$$, then $$M \bigcap F(A) \bigcap F(B) \bigcap F(S) \bigcap F(T)\neq\phi$$.

### Proof

For each $$n \in N$$, we define $$T_{n} : M \rightarrow M$$ and $$S_n: M \rightarrow M$$ by

\begin{aligned} T_{n}(y) = W(Ty, q, \lambda _{n}) \;and \; S_{n}(x) = W(Sx, q, \lambda _{n}) \end{aligned}
(7)

for all $$x \in M$$, where $$\lambda _{n}$$ is a sequence in (0, 1) such that $$\lambda _{n} \rightarrow 1.$$ Now we have to prove that for each $$n \in N$$, the pair $$(S_{n}, A)$$ and $$(T_{n}, B)$$ are subcompatible. Since ABS and T are satisfying the common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q, there exist two sequences $$\left\{ x_{m}\right\}$$ and $$\left\{ y_{m}\right\}$$ in M such that for all $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{m} =\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }(x_{m})= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }By_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty } T_{\lambda }y_{m} =t \end{aligned}
(8)

for $$t \in M,$$ where

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }y_{m}&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Ty_m, q, \lambda )\\ {\hbox{and}} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }x_m&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Sx_m, q, \lambda ) .\end{aligned}

Since $$\lambda _{n} \in (0,1)$$, by using Eqs. (7) and (8) for each $$n \in N$$, we have

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}y_{m}&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Ty_{m}, q, \lambda _{n})\\&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda _{n}}(y_{m})\\&= t \in M. \end{aligned}

Thus we have

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }By_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}y_{m} = t \in M. \end{aligned}
(9)

Similarly

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}x_{m}&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Sx_{m}, q, \lambda _{n})\\&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda _{n}}x_{m}\\&= t \in M. \end{aligned}

and so

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}x_{m} = t \in M. \end{aligned}
(10)

Hence in light of Eqs. (9) and (10), we obtain

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}x_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }By_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}y_{m} = t \in M. \end{aligned}
(11)

Taking in to account that A and B are q-affine and by using Property (I), we have

\begin{aligned} d(S_{n}Ax_{m}, AS_{n}x_{m})&= d(W(SAx_{m},q, \lambda _{n}), A(W(Sx_{m},q, \lambda _{n})))\nonumber \\&= d(W(SAx_{m},q, \lambda _{n}),W(ASx_{m},q, \lambda _{n}))\nonumber \\&\le \lambda _{n}d(SAx_{m}, ASx_{m}). \end{aligned}
(12)

Similarly, we can show that

\begin{aligned} d(T_{n}By_{m}, BT_{n}y_{m}) \le \lambda _{n}d(TBy_{m}, BTy_{m}). \end{aligned}
(13)

As (AS) and (BT) satisfy (E.A.) property w.r.t.q then these pairs also satisfy (E.A.) property and hence by using the compatibility of ASB,and T we get

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }d(BTy_{m}, TBy_{m})&= 0\\ {\hbox{and}} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty } d(ASx_{m}, SAx_{m})&= 0. \end{aligned}

Taking limit $$m \rightarrow \infty$$ in Eqs. (12) and (13), we obtain

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }d(BT_{n}y_{m}, T_{n}By_{m}) = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty } d(AS_{n}x_{m}, S_{n}Ax_{m}) = 0. \end{aligned}
(14)

Taken into account Eqs. (11) and (14), it follows that $$(T_{n}, B)$$ and $$(S_{n}, A)$$ are subcompatible for each $$n \in N$$. Since ABS and T are continuous for each $$n \in N$$, the pair $$(S_{n}, A)$$ and $$(T_{n},B)$$ are reciprocally continuous.

By using equation (6) and Property (I), we get that

\begin{aligned} d(S_{n}x, T_{n}y)&= d(W(Sx, q, \lambda _{n}),W(Ty, q, \lambda _{n})) \nonumber \\&\le \lambda _{n}d(Sx, Ty)\nonumber \\&\le \lambda _{n}\max \left\{ d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [Sx,q]),dist(By,[Ty,q]),dist(Ax,[Ty,q]),dist(By,[Sx,q])\right\} \nonumber \\&\le \lambda _{n}\max \left\{ d(Ax, By), d(Ax, S_{n}x), d(By, T_{n}y), d(Ax, T_{n}y), d(By, S_{n}x)\right\} \end{aligned}
(15)

for each $$x, y \in M$$ and $$\lambda _{n} \in (0, 1)$$. By Lemma 12, for each $$n \in N$$, there exists $$x_{n} \in M$$ such that

\begin{aligned} Ax_{n} = S_{n}x_{n}=Bx_{n}= T_{n}x_{n}=x_{n}. \end{aligned}

Now by taking the compactness of M, we know continuous image of compact set is compact so T(M) and S(M) are compact and every compact set is sequentially compact. Therefore there exist subsequences $$\left\{ Tx_{m}\right\}$$ of $$\left\{ Tx_{n}\right\}$$ and $$\left\{ Sx_{m}\right\}$$ of $$\left\{ Sx_{n}\right\}$$ such that $$\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }Tx_{m} =z$$ and $$\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }Sx_{m} =y.$$

Now, we have to prove that $$y =z.$$

On the contrary suppose that $$y \ne z$$, then we have

\begin{aligned}&x_{m} = T_{m}x_{m} = W(Tx_{m},q,\lambda _{m}) \rightarrow z\hbox { as }m \rightarrow \infty \\&\hbox {and }x_{m} = S_{m}x_{m} = W(Sx_{m},q,\lambda _{m}) \rightarrow y \hbox { as }m \rightarrow \infty. \end{aligned}

This implies that the sequence $$\left\{ x_{m}\right\}$$ converges to two points which is contradiction. Hence $$y=z$$.

Since $$x_{m} \rightarrow z$$ as $$m \rightarrow \infty$$ and the mappings A, B, S and T are continuous, it follows

\begin{aligned} Az = Tz = Sz = Bz = z. \end{aligned}

So, z is common fixed point of ABS and T.

This implies that $$M \bigcap F(A) \bigcap F(B) \bigcap F(S) \bigcap F(T) \ne \phi$$. $$\square$$

### Corollary 14

Let M be a nonempty q-starshaped subset of a convex metric space (Xd) with Property (I) and let ABS and T be continuous self-maps on M such that the pair (AS) and (BT) satisfying common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q. Assume that A and B are q-affine, M is compact. If ABS and T are compatible and satisfy the inequality

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty) \le \max \left\{ d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [sx,q]),dist(By, [Ty,q]), \frac{1}{2}[dist(Ax, [Ty, q])+ dist(By, [Sx,q])]\right\} \end{aligned}
(16)

for all $$x, y \in M$$, then $$M \bigcap F(A) \bigcap F(B) \bigcap F(S) \bigcap F(T) \ne \phi.$$

### Corollary 15

Let M be a nonempty q-starshaped subset of a convex metric space (Xd) with $$Property \;(I)$$ and let ABS and T be continuous self-maps on M such that the pair (AS) and (BT) satisfying common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q. Assume that A and B are q-affine, M is compact. If ABS and T are R-subweakly commuting and satisfy the inequality

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty) \le \max \left\{ d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [sx,q]),dist(By, [Ty,q]), dist(Ax, [Ty, q]), dist(By, [Sx,q])\right\} \end{aligned}
(17)

for all $$x, y \in M,$$ then $$M \bigcap F(A) \bigcap F(B) \bigcap F(S) \bigcap F(T) \ne \phi.$$

Now we present an example in support of our theorem.

### Example 16

Let $$X=R$$ endowed with usual metric and let $$M= \left[ -1,\frac{2}{3}\right]$$. Define ABS and $$T:M \rightarrow M$$ by:

\begin{aligned} A(x)&= {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \frac{1}{3} &{} \quad {\text {if}}\;-1\le x\le \frac{1}{3} \\ \frac{5}{3}-4x &{} \quad {\text {if}}\;\frac{1}{3}\le x\le \frac{2}{3} \end{array}\right. } \quad \text {and}\quad S(x) = {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \frac{1}{3} &{} {\text {if}}\;-1\le x \le \frac{1}{3} \\ \frac{x}{2}+\frac{1}{6} &{}\quad {\text {if}}\;\frac{1}{3}\le x\le \frac{2}{3} \end{array}\right. }\\ B(x)&= {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \frac{1}{3} &{}\quad {\text {if}}\;-1\le x\le \frac{1}{3} \\ 1-2x &{}\quad {\text {if}}\;\frac{1}{3}\le x\le \frac{2}{3} \end{array}\right. } \quad \text {and}\quad T(x) = {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \frac{1}{3} &{}\quad {\text {if}}\;-1\le x \le \frac{1}{3} \\ \frac{x}{4}+\frac{1}{4} & \quad {\text {if}}\;\frac{1}{3}\le x\le \frac{2}{3}. \end{array}\right.} \end{aligned}

Then (Xd) is a convex metric space with the convex structure $$W(x, y, \lambda ) = (\lambda )x + (1-\lambda )y$$.

We have to check the following:

(i):

A and B are q-affine with $$q =\frac{1}{3}$$

(ii):

The pair (AS) and (BT) satisfying common property (E.A.) w.r.t. $$q = \frac{1}{3}$$.

(iii):

ABS and T are compatible.

### Proof

(i) If $$x \in \left[ -1, \frac{1}{3}\right]$$, then $$W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) = (\lambda )x +(1 - \lambda )\frac{1}{3} \in \left[ -1, \frac{1}{3}\right]$$.

That implies $$A\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right) = W\left( Ax, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) .$$

Again, if $$x \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, then $$W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) = (\lambda )x +(1 - \lambda )\frac{1}{3} \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, so we get

\begin{aligned} A\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right)&= \frac{5}{3} - 4\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right) \\&= \frac{5}{3} -4\lambda x-4(1-\lambda )\frac{1}{3}\\&= \frac{1}{3} -4\lambda x + \frac{4}{3}\lambda \\&= \frac{1}{3} + 4\lambda \left( \frac{1}{3}-x\right) \\ \end{aligned}

and

\begin{aligned} W\left( Ax, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right)&= W\left( \frac{5}{3} - 4x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \\&= \lambda \left( \frac{5}{3} -4x\right) +(1-\lambda )\frac{1}{3}\\&= \frac{5}{3}\lambda -4\lambda x + \frac{1}{3}-\lambda \left( \frac{1}{3}\right) \\&= \frac{1}{3} + 4\lambda \left( \frac{1}{3}-x\right) . \end{aligned}

Thus, $$A\left( W\left( x,\frac{1}{3},\lambda \right) \right) = W\left( Ax, \frac{1}{3},\lambda \right)$$ for all $$x\in M$$ and hence A is q-affine with $$q=\frac{1}{3}.$$

Now we shall prove that B is q-affine with $$q = \frac{1}{3}.$$

For this, if $$x \in \left[ -1,\frac{1}{3}\right]$$, then $$B\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right) = W\left( Bx, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) .$$ and if $$x \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, then $$W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) = (\lambda )x +(1 - \lambda )\frac{1}{3} \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$. Therefore, we have

\begin{aligned} B\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right)&= 1 - 2\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right) \\&= 1-2\lambda x-2(1-\lambda )\frac{1}{3}\\&= \frac{1}{3} + 2\lambda \left( \frac{1}{3}-x\right) \end{aligned}

and

\begin{aligned} W\left( Bx, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right)&= \lambda (1 - 2x)+(1-\lambda ) \frac{1}{3}\\&= \lambda -2\lambda x+\frac{1}{3}-\frac{1}{3}\lambda \\&= \frac{1}{3} + 2\lambda \left( \frac{1}{3}-x\right) . \end{aligned}

So, $$B\left( W\left( x, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) \right) = W\left( Bx, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right)$$ for each $$x\in M$$. This implies that B is q-affine with $$q= \frac{1}{3}$$. $$\square$$

### Proof

(ii) Clearly $$A\left(\frac{1}{3}\right) =B\left(\frac{1}{3}\right) =\frac{1}{3}.$$

Consider $$x_{n} = \frac{1}{3} -\frac{1}{n+2}, n \ge 1$$ and $$y_{n} = \frac{1}{3} -\frac{1}{3n}, n\ge 1$$ then for each $$n, x_{n}$$ and $$y_{n} \in [0,\frac{1}{3}]$$ and for each $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$, we have

\begin{aligned}&\limsup _{n \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }x_{n} = W \left( \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) = \frac{1}{3} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{n}\\&\hbox { and }\limsup _{n \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }y_{n} = W \left( \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}, \lambda \right) = \frac{1}{3} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }By_{n}. \end{aligned}

This implies that the pair (AS) and (BT) satisfying common property (E.A.) with respect to $$q = \frac{1}{3}.$$ $$\square$$

### Proof

(iii) Here, we shall prove that the pairs (AS) and (BT) are compatible.

If $$\{x_{n}\}$$ and $$\{y_{n}\}$$ are two sequences in M such that

\begin{aligned}&\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{n} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Sx_{n} = t \quad {\hbox {for some}} \;t {\hbox { and }}\\&\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }By_{n} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Ty_{n} = k \quad {\hbox {for some}} \; k. \end{aligned}

Then t and k lies in the closure of A(M), S(M) and B(M), T(M) respectively, where

\begin{aligned}&Cl(A(M)) = \left[ -1, \frac{1}{3}\right] \quad {\text {and}}\quad Cl(S(M)) = \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{2}\right] \\&Cl(B(M)) = \left[ \frac{-1}{3}, \frac{1}{3}\right] \quad {\text {and}}\quad Cl(T(M)) = \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{5}{12}\right]. \end{aligned}

So $$t=k=\frac{1}{3}.$$

Therefore, by using the continuity of ABS and T, we have

\begin{aligned}&\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }ASx_{n} = A\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Sx_{n} = A\left( \frac{1}{3}\right) = \frac{1}{3}\\&\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }SAx_{n} = S\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }Ax_{n} = S\left( \frac{1}{3}\right) = \frac{1}{3}. \end{aligned}

This implies that the pair (AS) is compatible. Similarly we can prove that the pair (BT) is compatible. $$\square$$

Finally we have to prove the inequality (6). There are two possibilities: (i) $$x = y$$ and (ii) $$x \ne y.$$

1. (i)

If $$x =y$$, then

Subcase (i): if $$x= y \in \left[ -1, \frac{1}{3}\right]$$, then $$d(Sx, Tx) = 0.$$ So the inequality holds trivially.

Subcase (ii): if $$x =y \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, then

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Tx)&= \left| \frac{x}{2} + \frac{1}{6}-\frac{x+1}{4}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{6x+2-3x-3}{12}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{3x-1}{12}\right| \\&= \frac{1}{4}\left| x-\frac{1}{3}\right| \\ d(Ax,Bx)&= \left| \frac{5}{3} -4x-1+2x \right| \\&= \left| \frac{1}{3} -2x\right| \\&= 2\left| x-\frac{1}{3}\right|. \end{aligned}

That implies $$d(Sx,Tx) \le d(Ax,Bx).$$

2. (ii)

If $$x \ne y$$, then

Subcase (i): if $$x \ne y \in [0, \frac{1}{3}]$$, then $$d(Sx, Ty) = 0$$. Inequality trivially holds.

Subcase (ii): if $$x \ne y \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, then

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty)&= \left| \frac{x}{2} + \frac{1}{6}-\frac{y+1}{4}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{6x+2-3y-3}{12}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{6x-3y-1}{12}\right| \\&= \frac{1}{2}\left| x-\frac{y}{2}- \frac{1}{6}\right| \\ d(Ax,By)&= \left| \frac{5}{3} -4x-1+2y \right| \\&= \left| \frac{2}{3} -4x +2y\right| \\&= 4\left| x-\frac{y}{2}-\frac{1}{6}\right|. \end{aligned}

This implies $$d(Sx,Ty) \le d(Ax, By).$$

Subcase (iii): if $$x \in \left[ -1,\frac{1}{3}\right]$$ and $$y \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$, then

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty)&= \left| \frac{1}{3} -\frac{y+1}{4}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{4-3y-3}{12}\right| \\&= \left| \frac{1-3y}{12}\right| \\&= \frac{1}{4}\left| \frac{1}{3}-y\right| \\ d(Ax,By)&= \left| \frac{1}{3} -1+2y \right| \\&= \left| 2y-\frac{2}{3} \right| \\&= 2\left| \frac{1}{3}-y\right|. \end{aligned}

Therefore, we get $$d(Sx,Ty) \le d(Ax, By).$$

Subcase (iv): if $$x \in \left[ \frac{1}{3}, \frac{2}{3}\right]$$ and $$y \in \left[ -1, \frac{1}{3}\right]$$, then

\begin{aligned} d(Sx, Ty)&= \left| \frac{x}{2} -\frac{1}{6}\right| \\&= \frac{1}{2}\left| x-\frac{1}{3}\right| \\ d(Ax,By)&= \left| \frac{5}{3} -4x-\frac{1}{3} \right| \\&= 4\left| \frac{1}{3}-x\right|. \end{aligned}

So, we have $$d(Sx,Ty) \le d(Ax, By).$$

Thus, for each $$x,y \in M$$, the mappings ABS and T satisfying the inequality (6). Also M is compact and ABS and T are continuous. Thus we conclude that ABS and T satisfying all the conditions of Theorem 13 and consequently

\begin{aligned} M \bigcap F(A) \bigcap F(B) \bigcap F(S) \bigcap F(T) \ne \phi. \end{aligned}

Here $$\frac{1}{3} \in M$$ is such a common fixed point of ABS and T.

### Remark 17

It is to be noted that, in Example 16, $$S(M) \not \subset A(M)$$ and $$T(M)\not \subset B(M)$$. Therefore all the existing common fixed point theorems which ensure the existence of common fixed point for the maps under the hypothesis that range of one set is contained in other are not applicable to Example 16 (see Chen and Li (2007), Rathee and Kumar (2014a, b), Shahzad (2001)).

## Application to invariant approximation

For a nonempty subset M of a metric space (Xd) and $$p\in X$$, an element $$y\in M$$ is called a best approximation to p if $$d(p,y)=dist(p,M)$$, where $$dist(p,M) = \inf \{d(p,z): z\in M\}$$. The set of all best approximations to p is denoted by $$P_M(p)$$.

As an application of Theorem 13, we present an invariant approximation theorems.

### Theorem 18

Let A, B, S and T be self-maps of a convex metric space (Xd) with Property (I), $$p\in F(S)\cap F(T)\cap F(A) \cap F(B)$$, and M be a subset of X such that $$S(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$ and $$T(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$, where $$\delta M$$ denotes the boundary of M. Suppose that $$P_M(p)$$ is nonempty, q -starshaped with $$A(P_M(p))\subset P_M(p)$$ and $$B(P_M(p))\subset P_M(p)$$ and also the maps A and B are q-affine and continuous on $$P_M(p)$$. If the pairs (AS) and (BT) are compatible, satisfy the common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q and also satisfy the inequality for all $$x,y\in P_M(p)\cup \{p\}$$

\begin{aligned}&d(Tx,Sy)\le {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \ d(Ax,Bp) &{} {\text {if}}\;y = p \\ \max \{d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [sx,q]),dist(By, [Ty,q]), \\ dist(Ax, [Ty, q]), dist(By, [Sx,q])\} &{} \text { if }y\in P_M(p),\\ \end{array}\right. }\nonumber \\&d(Sx, Tp)\le d(Tx,Sp). \end{aligned}
(18)

Then ABS and T have a common fixed point in $$P_M(p)$$, provided that $$P_M(p)$$ is compact and the maps T and S are continuous on $$P_M(p)$$.

### Proof

Let $$x\in P_M(p)$$. Then for all $$\lambda \in (0,1)$$, we have

\begin{aligned} d(p, W(x,p,\lambda ))\le \lambda d(p,x)+(1-\lambda )d(p,p)=\lambda d(p,x) < dist(p,M). \end{aligned}

Therefore $$W(x,p,\lambda )\notin M$$ for any $$\lambda \in (0,1)$$ and hence $$x\in \delta M\cap M$$. Thus, as $$S(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$ and $$T(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$, we have $$Tx\in M$$ and $$Sx\in M$$. Also, since $$Ax\in P_M(p)$$ and $$p\in F(S)\cap F(T)\cap F(A) \cap F(B)$$, by using Eq. (18), we get

\begin{aligned} d(Tx,p)=d(Tx,Sp)\le d(Ax,Bp)=d(Ax,p)=dist(p,M) \end{aligned}

and

\begin{aligned} d(Sx,p)= d(Sx,Tp)\le d(Tx,Sp)\le d(Ax,Bp)=d(Ax,p)=dist(p,M). \end{aligned}

Thus, $$Tx\in P_M(p)$$ and $$Sx\in P_M(p)$$. So ABS and T are self-maps on $$P_M(p)$$. In view of Theorem 13, we can say that ABS and T have a common fixed point in $$P_M(p)$$. $$\square$$

Define $$D= P_M(p)\cap C_M^{A,B}(p)$$, where $$C_M^{A,B}(p)=\{x\in M : Ax\in P_M(p)\quad \text {and}\quad Bx\in P_M(p)\}$$

### Theorem 19

Let A, B, S and T be self-maps of a convex metric space (Xd) with Property (I), $$p\in F(S)\cap F(T)\cap F(A) \cap F(B)$$, and M be a subset of X such that $$S(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$ and $$T(\delta M\cap M)\subseteq M$$, where $$\delta M$$ denotes the boundary of M. Suppose that D is nonempty, q-starshaped with $$A(D)\subset D$$ and $$B(D)\subset D$$ and also the maps A and B are q-affine and nonexpansive on D. If the pairs (AS) and (BT) are compatible, satisfy the common property (E.A.) w.r.t. q and also satisfy the inequality for all $$x,y\in D\cup \{p\}$$

\begin{aligned}&d(Tx,Sy)\le {\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \ d(Ax,Bp) &{} {\text {if}}\;y = p \\ \max \{d(Ax, By), dist(Ax, [sx,q]),dist(By, [Ty,q]), \\ dist(Ax, [Ty, q]), dist(By, [Sx,q])\} &{} \text { if }y\in D,\\ \end{array}\right. }\nonumber \\&d(Sx, Tp)\le d(Tx,Sp). \end{aligned}
(19)

Then ABS and T have a common fixed point in $$P_M(p)$$, provided that D is compact and the maps T and S are continuous on D.

### Proof

Let $$x\in D$$. Then by following the steps as we have done in Theorem 18, we get that $$Tx\in P_M(p)$$ and $$Sx\in P_M(p)$$. Since the maps A and B are nonexpansive and $$p\in F(S)\cap F(T)\cap F(A) \cap F(B)$$, by using Eq. 19, we have

\begin{aligned} d(ATx,p)=d(ATx,Ap)\le d(Tx,p)= d(Tx,Sp)\le d(Ax,p)=dist (p,M) \end{aligned}

and

\begin{aligned} d(BTx,p)=d(BTx,Bp)\le d(Tx,p)= d(Tx,Sp)\le d(Ax,p)=dist (p,M). \end{aligned}

That imply ATx and $$BTx \in P_M(p)$$ and hence $$Tx\in C_M^{A,B}(p)$$. Similarly we can show that $$Sx\in C_M^{A,B}(p)$$. Thus we can say ABS and T are self-maps on D and so Theorem 13 guarantees the existence of $$z\in P_M(p)$$ such that z is a common fixed point of ABS and T. $$\square$$

## Best proximity point

First we discuss the concept of best proximity. Let $$T:A \rightarrow B$$ be a map where A and B are two nonempty subsets of a metric space (Xd) and let A and B are disjoint subsets of a metric space then the equation $$Tx=x$$ might have no solution. Therefore in case of nonself-maps we are not sure about the existence of fixed point. In such a case we try to minimize the distance d(xTx) and a point x for which d(xTx) is minimum is called a best proximity point. In the recent years there have been many interesting best proximity point theorems are proved, for example, see De la Sen et al. (2013), Eldred and Veeramani (2006), Prolla (1983), Reich (1978), and Sankar Raj (2011), Sehgal and Singh (1988). In the present section we prove a new best proximity theorem for four maps but before this we recall some definitions which are required in the sequel.

### Definition 20

Let (Xd) be a convex metric space and AB be two nonempty subsets of X. A mapping $$f:A \rightarrow B$$ is called pq-affine if

(i):

A is p-starshaped set and B is q-starshaped set;

(ii):

$$f(W(x,p, \lambda )) = W(fx,q,\lambda )$$.

### Definition 21

Let A and B be two nonempty subsets of convex metric space (Xd). Let A be a p-starshaped set and B be a q starshaped set. Let fgS,  and T be four nonself-maps from A to B. Two pairs (fS) and (gT) are said to satisfy common property (E.A.) with respect to q if there exists two sequences $$\{x_{n}\}$$ and $$\{y_{n}\}$$ in A such that for all $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }fx_{n} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }x_{n}=\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }gy_{n} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }y_{n} = t \end{aligned}

where $$S_{\lambda }x = W(Sx,q,\lambda )$$ and $$T_{\lambda }y = W(Ty,q,\lambda ).$$

### Definition 22

Let (Xd) be a convex metric space and A and B be two nonempty subsets of X such that B is q-starshaped set. A pair (fS) of two nonself-maps from A to B is said to be proximally commuting if for some $$\lambda \in [0,1]$$ whenever $$d(x,W(Su,q,\lambda ))=d(y,fu)=d(A,B) \Longrightarrow W(Sy,q, \lambda ) = fx$$.

If A and B are two nonempty subsets of a metric space (Xd), we define the following two sets.

\begin{aligned} A_0&= \{x\in A : d(x,y)=d(A,B) \quad {\text {for some}}\;y\in B\},\\ B_0&= \{y\in B : d(x,y)=d(A,B) \quad {\text {for some}}\; x\in A\}. \end{aligned}

### Definition 23

(Sankar Raj, preprint) If $$A_{0} \ne \phi,$$ then the pair (AB) is said to have P-property if and only if for any $$x_{1},x_{2} \in A_{0}$$ and $$y_{1},y_{2} \in B_{0}$$

\begin{aligned} d(x_{1},y_{1})=d(A,B)\hbox { and }d(x_{2},y_{2}) = d(A,B) \Longrightarrow d(x_{1},x_{2})=d(y_{1},y_{2}). \end{aligned}

Now we presents a best proximity point theorem:

### Theorem 24

Let (AB) be a pair of nonempty, closed subsets of a convex metric space (Xd). Suppose that A is p-starshaped and B is q-stasrshaped set with Property (I). Also suppose that $$A_{0}$$ is closed. Let fgS and, T be continuous nonself maps from A to B satisfying the conditions:

1. (i)

Two pairs (fS) and (gT)  satisfying common property (E.A.) w.r.t q and proximally  commuting;

2. (ii)

$$T(A) \subseteq f(A), S(A) \subseteq g(A), f(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}, g(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}$$;

3. (iii)

The pair (AB) has P-property;

4. (iv)

fgS and, T satisfying the condition $$d(Sx,Ty) \le \max \{d(fx,gy),dist(fx,[Sx,q]),dist(gy,[Ty,q]), \frac{1}{2}[dist(fx,[Ty,q])+d(gy,[Sx,q])]\};$$

5. (v)

Two mappings S and T are pq-affine.

then fgS and T have a best proximity point.

### Proof

For each $$n \in N$$, we define sequences $$T_{n}: A \rightarrow B$$ and $$S_{n}: A \rightarrow B$$ by $$T_{n}y = W(Ty,q, \lambda _{n})$$ and $$S_{n}x =W(Sx,q, \lambda _{n})$$ for all $$x,y \in A$$ and $$\lambda _{n}$$ is a sequence in (0, 1) such that $$\lambda _{n} \rightarrow 1$$

Consider

\begin{aligned} d(S_{n}x, T_{n}y) = d(W(Sx,q, \lambda _{n}), W(Ty,q, \lambda _{n})). \end{aligned}

By using Property (I) for the set B

\begin{aligned}&d(W(Sx,q, \lambda _{n}), W(Ty,q, \lambda _{n})) \le \lambda _{n}d(Sx,Ty)\\&\quad \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(fx,gy), dist(fx,[Sx,q]),dist(gy,[Ty,q]), \frac{1}{2}[dist(fx,[Ty,q])+ dist(gy,[Sx,q])]\}\\&\quad \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(fx,gy), dist(fx,S_{n}x),dist(gy,T_{n}y), \frac{1}{2}[dist(fx,T_{n}y)+ dist(gy,S_{n}x)]\} \end{aligned}

$$\Longrightarrow d(S_{n}x, T_{n}y) \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(fx,gy), dist(fx,S_{n}x),dist(gy,T_{n}y), \frac{1}{2}[dist(fx,T_{n}y)+ dist(gy,S_{n}x)]\}$$ Now $$T(A) \subseteq f(A)$$ we can prove that $$T_{n}(A) \subseteq f(A)$$. For this purpose, consider

\begin{aligned} y & \in T_{n}(A)\\ y&= T_{n}x\quad {\text{for}} \;{\text{some}}\; x \in A\\ y&= W(Tx,q, \lambda _{n}). \end{aligned}

T is pq-affine and A is p-starshaped set

\begin{aligned}&y = T(W(x,p,\lambda _{n})) \subseteq T(A) \subseteq f(A)\\&\Longrightarrow y \in f(A)\\&\Longrightarrow T_{n}(A) \subseteq f(A). \end{aligned}

Similarly it can be proved that $$S_{n}(A) \subseteq f(A)$$. Now $$T_{n}(A)\subseteq f(A)$$ so for fixed $$x_{0} \in A$$, there exists an element $$x_{1} \in A$$ such that $$T_{n}x_{0} = fx_{1}$$ similarly a point $$x_{2} \in A$$ can be chosen such that $$S_{n}x_{1} = gx_{2}$$, continuing in process, we can obtain a sequence $$\{x_{2n}\} \in A$$ such that

\begin{aligned} fx_{2n+1} = T_{n}x_{2n}\,\,{\text{and}} \,\, gx_{2n+2} = S_{n}x_{2n+1}. \end{aligned}
(20)

Since $$f(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}$$ and $$g(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}$$, there exists $$\{u_{n}\} \in A_{0}$$ such that

\begin{aligned} d(u_{2n}, fx_{2n+1}) = d(A,B)\,\, {\text{and}} \,\, d(u_{2n+1}, gx_{2n+2}) = d(A,B). \end{aligned}
(21)

As the pair (AB) has P-property then by Eq. (21) $$d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}) = d(fx_{2n+1},gx_{2n+2}).$$

By using Eq. (20), we have $$d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}) = d(T_{n}x_{2n}, S_{n}x_{2n+1}). \text{Using Property (I) and the condition (iv), we can write the expression }$$

\begin{aligned} d(S_{n}x_{2n+1},T_{n}x_{2n})& \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(fx_{2n+_1},gx_{2n}),d(fx_{2n+1},S_{n}x_{2n+1}),d(gx_{2n}, T_{n}x_{2n}), \frac{1}{2}[d(fx_{2n+1}, T_{n}x_{2n})+d(gx_{2n},S_{n}x_{2n+1})]\}\\&= \lambda _{n}\max \{d(u_{2n},u_{2n-1}), d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}),d(u_{2n-1},u_{2n}),\frac{1}{2}[d(u_{2n},u_{2n})+d(u_{2n-1},u_{2n+1})]\}\\&= \lambda _{n}\max \{d(u_{2n},u_{2n-1}), d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}), \frac{1}{2}d(u_{2n-1},u_{2n+1})\}. \end{aligned}

$$\text{Hence} \hspace{0.5cm} d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}) \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(u_{2n},u_{2n-1}), d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}), \frac{1}{2}d(u_{2n-1},u_{2n+1})\}$$

\begin{aligned} \Longrightarrow d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}) \le \lambda _{n}d(u_{2n},u_{2n-1}). \end{aligned}
(22)

Similarly

\begin{aligned} d(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2})&= d(fx_{2n+3},gx_{2n+2})=d(T_{n}x_{2n+2},S_{n}x_{2n+1})\nonumber \\ d(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2})&= d(T_{n}x_{2n+2},S_{n}x_{2n+1})\hspace{0.5cm}\text{and}\nonumber \\ d(S_{n}x_{2n+1},T_{n}x_{2n+2}) & \le \lambda _{n}\max \{d(fx_{2n+1},gx_{2n+2}),d(fx_{2n+1},S_{n}x_{2n+1}),d(gx_{2n+2},T_{n}x_{2n+2}),\frac{1}{2}[d(fx_{2n+1},T_{n}x_{2n+2})+d(gx_{2n+2},S_{n}x_{2n+1})]\}\nonumber \\&= \lambda _{n}\max \{d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}),d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}),d(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2}),\frac{1}{2}[d(u_{2n},u_{2n+2})+d(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+1})]\}\nonumber\\ \Longrightarrow(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2}) & \le \,\lambda _{n}\max \{d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}),d(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2}),\frac{1}{2}d(u_{2n},u_{2n+2})\}\nonumber \\ \text{Hence}\hspace{0.5cm}(u_{2n+1},u_{2n+2}) & \le\, \lambda _{n}d(u_{2n},u_{2n+1}). \end{aligned}
(23)

From Eqs. (22) and (23), we obtain

\begin{aligned} d(u_{n},u_{n+1}) \le d(u_{n-1},u_{n}). \end{aligned}
(24)

This implies

\begin{aligned} d(u_{n},u_{n+1}) \le (\lambda _{n})^{n}d(u_{0},u_{1}). \end{aligned}
(25)

Let $$m,n \in \mathbb {N}$$ and $$m < n$$, we have

\begin{aligned} d(u_{m}, u_{n})\le &\, d(u_{m}, u_{m+1})+d(u_{m+1}, u_{n})\\\le &\, d(u_{m}, u_{m+1})+ d(u_{m+1}, u_{m+2}) + d(u_{m+2}, u_{n})\\\le &\, d(u_{m},u_{m+1}) + d(u_{m+1}, u_{m+2})+\cdots +d(u_{n-1}, u_{n}). \end{aligned}

By using Eq. (25), we come across

\begin{aligned} d(u_{m},u_{n}) & \le (\lambda _{n})^{m}d(u_{0}, u_{1})+(\lambda _{n})^{m+1}d(u_{0}, u_{1})+\cdots +(\lambda _{n})^{n-1}d(u_{0}, u_{1})\\ & \le (\lambda _{n})^{m}[d(u_{0},u_{1})+\lambda _{n}d(u_{0},u_{1})+\cdots +(\lambda _{n})^{n-m-1}d(u_{0},u_{1})]\\&= (\lambda _{n})^{m}[1+\lambda _{n}]+ (\lambda _{n})^{2}+\cdots +(\lambda _{n})^{n-m-1}]d(u_{0},u_{1})\\&= (\lambda _{n})^{m}\left[ \frac{1}{1-\lambda _{n}}\right] d(u_{0},u_{1}) \rightarrow 0 \,\, {\text{when}}\,\, m \rightarrow \infty. \end{aligned}

$$\Longrightarrow d(u_{m}, u_{n}) \rightarrow 0$$ when $$m \rightarrow \infty$$ this implies $$\{u_{n}\}$$ is a Cauchy sequence. Since $$\{u_{n}\} \subset A_{0}$$ and $$A_{0}$$ is closed subset of the complete metric space (Xd), we can find $$u \in A_{0}$$ such that $$\lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }u_{n} = u$$.

Since (fS) and (gT) have common property (E.A.) with respect to q so there exists a sequence $$\{u_{m}\}$$ in A such that

\begin{aligned}&\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }fu_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }u_{m}=\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }gu_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }u_{m} = t\\&\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda }u_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Tu_m, q, \lambda )\\&{\text{and}} \;\lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda }u_m = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Su_m, q, \lambda ). \end{aligned}

Since $$\lambda _{n} \in (0,1)$$, we have

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}u_{m}&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Tu_{m}, q, \lambda _{n})\\&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{\lambda _{n}}(u_{m})\\&= t \in B. \end{aligned}

Thus, we have

\begin{aligned} \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }gu_{n} = \lim _{n \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}u_{m} = t \in B. \end{aligned}
(26)

Similarly

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}u_{m}&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }W(Su_{m}, q, \lambda _{n})\\&= \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{\lambda _{n}}u_{m}\\&= t \in B. \end{aligned}

and so

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }fu_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}u_{m} = t \in B. \end{aligned}
(27)

Hence in light of Eqs. (26) and (27), we obtain

\begin{aligned} \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }fu_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }S_{n}u_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }gu_{m} = \lim _{m \rightarrow \infty }T_{n}u_{m} = t \in B. \end{aligned}
(28)

Since fgS and, T are continuous so $$f,g,S_{n}$$ and $$T_{n}$$ are continuous and $$u_{n} \rightarrow u$$. Then from Eq. (28)

\begin{aligned} fu=S_{n}u=gu=T_{n}u. \end{aligned}
(29)

Since $$f(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}$$, there exists $$x \in A_{0}$$ such that

\begin{aligned} d(x,fu) = d(x,gu)= d(x,S_{n}u) =d(x, T_{n}u) = d(A,B) .\end{aligned}
(30)

As $$(f,S_{n})$$ and $$(g,T_{n})$$ proximally commuting, so

\begin{aligned} fx=gx=S_{n}x=T_{n}x. \end{aligned}
(31)

Taking limit $$n \rightarrow \infty$$ in Eqs. (29) and (31) we have

\begin{aligned} fu=Su=Tu=gu \quad {\text{and}} \quad fx=gx=Sx=Tx. \end{aligned}
(32)

Since $$f(A_{0}) \subseteq B_{0}$$, there exists $$z \in A_{0}$$ such that

\begin{aligned} d(z,fx) = d(z,gx) = d(z,S_{n}x) = d(z,T_{n}x)= d(A,B). \end{aligned}

Because the pair (AB) has P-property so $$d(x,z) = d(S_{n}u, T_{n}x)$$

\begin{aligned} d(x, z)&= d(S_{n}u, T_{n}x)\\ & \le \lambda _{n} \max \{d(fu,gx), dist(fu,S_{n}u), dist(gx,T_{n}x),\frac{1}{2}[dist(fu,T_{n}x)+dist(gx, S_{n}u)]\}\\ & \le (\lambda _{n}) \{d(x,z)\}. \end{aligned}

This implies that $$(1-\lambda _{n})d(x,z) \le 0$$. So, $$x=z$$ and hence

\begin{aligned} d(A,B)= d(x,fx) = d(x,gx) = d(x,Sx) =d(x, Tx). \end{aligned}
(33)

Suppose that y is another best proximity point of the mappings fgS and T such that

\begin{aligned} d(A,B)= d(y,fy) = d(y,gy) = d(y,Sy) =d(y, Ty). \end{aligned}
(34)

Using Eqn. (29) and  P-property for the pair (AB), we get that $$x=y$$. $$\square$$

## Conclusion

In this note, we defined the common property (E.A.) in the context of convex metric space that means here we assign the algebraic structure to the common property (E.A.) that is already exists in metric space. Due to this, we have been able to obtained a set of common fixed point theorems in which to ensure the existence of common fixed points the condition of range of one set is contained in other is not required. Thus, this newly introduced concept plays a great role in solving many kinds of physical sciences problems which can be recast in terms of common fixed point problems.

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### Acknowledgements

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