Fixed Point Theory and Applications
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 809315, 8 pages
Research Article

A Continuation Method for Weakly Contractive Mappings under the Interior Condition

Departamento de Análisis Matemático, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, 29071 Málaga, Spain

Received 29 July 2009; Accepted 8 October 2009

Academic Editor: Marlene Frigon

Copyright © 2009 David Ariza-Ruiz and Antonio Jiménez-Melado. 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.


Recently, Frigon proved that, for weakly contractive maps, the property of having a fixed point is invariant by a certain class of homotopies, obtaining as a consequence a Leray-Schauder alternative for this class of maps in a Banach space. We prove here that the Leray-Schauder condition in the aforementioned result can be replaced by a modification of it, the interior condition. We also show that our arguments work for a certain class of generalized contractions, thus complementing a result of Agarwal and O'Regan.