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﻿Hindawi Publishing Corporation Abstract and Applied Analysis Volume 2013, Article ID 916089, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/916089

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Existence of Solutions for Generalized Vector Quasi-Equilibrium Problems by Scalarization Method with Applications

De-ning Qu1,2 and Cao-zong Cheng1

1 College of Applied Science, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China

2 College of Mathematics, Jilin Normal University, Siping, Jilin 136000, China

Correspondence should be addressed to De-ning Qu; qudening@126.com Received 26 November 2012; Accepted 6 February 2013 Academic Editor: Ngai-Ching Wong

Copyright © 2013 D.-n. Qu and C.-z. Cheng. 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.

The aim of this paper is to study generalized vector quasi-equilibrium problems (GVQEPs) by scalarization method in locally convex topological vector spaces. A general nonlinear scalarization function for set-valued mappings is introduced, its main properties are established, and some results on the existence of solutions of the GVQEPs are shown by utilizing the introduced scalarization function. Finally, a vector variational inclusion problem is discussed as an application of the results of GVQEPs.

1. Introduction

Recently, various vector equilibrium problems were investigated by adopting many different methods, such as the scalarization method (e.g., [1,2]), the recession method (e.g., [3]), and duality method (e.g., [4]).

The scalarization method is an important and efficacious tool of translating the vector problems into the scalar problems. In 1992, Chen [5] translated a vector variational inequality into a classical variational inequality by providing a kind of solution conceptions with variable domination structures. Gerth and Weidner [6] solved a vector optimization problem by introducing a scalarization function with a variable and Gong [1] dealt with vector equilibrium problems by using the scalarization function defined in [6]. By constructing new nonlinear scalarization functions with two variables, Chen and Yang [7] discussed a vector variational inequality and Chen et al. [2] investigated a generalized vector quasi-equilibrium problem (GVQEP), respectively. In addition, the authors in [8, 9] studied the systems of vector equilibrium problems by the scalarization method since the gap functions, indeed established by the nonlinear scalarization function defined in [2], were adopted.

In this paper, we will discuss the GVQEPs by utilizing scalarization method. The essential preliminaries are listed

in Section 2. On the basis of the works in [2, 6, 7], a general nonlinear scalarization function of a set-valued mapping is produced under a variable ordering structure and its main properties are discussed in Section 3. The results ofproperties for the general nonlinear scalarization function generalized the corresponding ones in [2]. In Section 4, some results on the existence of solutions of the GVQEPs are proved by employing the scalarization function introduced in Section 3. The GVQEPs are different from the one in [10] and include the one in [2] as a special case. It is worth mentioning that the existence results of solutions for the GVQEPs extend the corresponding one in [2]. Finally, a vector variational inclusion problem (VVIP) is given as an application of the GVQEPs in Section 5.

Suppose that X and Y are topological vector spaces (TVSs). The subset D c Y is called a cone, if Ax e D for all x e D and A > 0.A cone D cY is said to be proper, if D = Y. A is called D-closed [11] if A + K is closed and D-bonded [11] if for each neighborhood U of zero in Y, there exists X > 0 such that A c U + D. A set-valued mapping G : X ^ 2Y is called strict, if G(x) = 0 for any x e X. Throughout this paper, R denotes by the set of the real numbers. Several notations are also listed as follows:

G(A)=UG(u),

x - B = {x - y : y e B}, A-B = {x-y:xeA,yeB},

where A,BcX are nonempty, x e X and G : X ^ 2Y. Incidentally, every TVS is Hausdorff (see [12]).

2. Preliminaries

Let X and Y be topological spaces and E c X a nonempty subset. A function g : X ^ R is said to be upper semicontinuous (usc for brevity) on X,if {u e X : g(u) < X] is open for each X e R; to be lower semicontinuous (lsc for brevity), {u e X : g(u) > X] is open for each X e R. In addition, some known notions of continuity and closeness for a set-valued mapping are given (see [13]). A set-valued mapping G : E ^ 2Y is said to be usc at u0 e E, if for any neighborhood N(G(u0)) of G(u0), there exists a neighborhood B(u0) of u0 such that G(u) c N(G(u0)) for all u e B(u0); to be lsc at u0 e E, if for any y0 e G(u0) and any neighborhood N(y0) of y0, there exists a neighborhood B(u0) of u0 such that G(u) n N(y0) = 0 for all u e B(u0); to be usc (resp., lsc) on E, if G is usc (resp., lsc) at each u e E; to be continuous at u0 e E (resp., on E), if G is usc and lsc at u0 (resp., on E); to be closed, if its graph Graph(G) = {(u,y) e ExY: y e G(u)] is closed in ExY.

Let Y and Z be real TVSs, A cY a nonempty subset, and D a convex cone in Y. y e A is called, vector minimal point (resp., weakly vector minimal point) of A,ify - y i -D \ {0] (resp., y - y i - int D) for each y e A. The set of vector minimal points (resp., weakly vector minimal points) of A is denoted by MinDA (resp., wMinDA).

Definition 1. Let B c Z be nonempty convex subset. G : B ^ 2y is called generalized D-quasiconvex, if for any y e Y, the set {u e B : G(u) c y - D] is convex (here, 0 is regarded as a convex set).

The generalized D-quasiconvexity and the D-quasicon-vexity introduced in [14] for the set-valuedmappingsareboth generalizations of D-quasiconvexity for the single-valued mapping introduced in [11], but they are indeed distinct. See the following example.

Example 2. Let Y = R2, Z = B = R, and D = R+ and define G1,G2 : B ^ 2y as

Gi (u) = x2) : x1 = u, -u2 < x2 < 0} , G2 (u) = {(x1,x2) : x1 = u,0 < x2 < |sinu\}.

Then Gj is generalized D-quasiconvex but not D-quasicon-vex, while G2 is just the reverse. Indeed, for any fixed y = (xx, x2) e Y, both the sets

{ue B:G1 (u) c y-D} =

if x2 < 0, x1 e R, (->x>, x1], otherwise,

{ue B:G2 (u) n(y-D) =0} =

if x2 < 0, x, e R,

(-rn, x1], otherwise

are convex. But the set

{ue B :G1 (u) n ((2, -1) -D)=0} = (-rn,-1] U [1,2]

is not convex and neither is the set

{u e B.G2 (u) c (0,0) - D} = {-nn :n= 0,1,2,...]. (5)

Lemma 3 (see [15]). Let X and Y be topological spaces and S : X ^ 2y a set-valued mapping.

(1) If S is usc with closed values, then S is closed.

(2) If X is compact and S is usc with compact values, then S(X) is compact.

Lemma 4 (see [13]). Let X and Y be Hausdorff topological spaces and E c X a nonempty compact set and let h : ExY ^ R be a function and G : E ^ 2Y a set-valued mapping. If h is continuous on ExY and G is continuous with compact values, then the marginal function V(u) = supyiG(u)h(u, y) is continuous and the marginal set-valued mapping S(u) = {y e G(u) : V(u) = h(u,y)] is usc.

Lemma 5 (Kakutani, see [13, Theorem 13 in Section 4 Chapter 6]). Let E be a nonempty compact and convex subset of a locally convex TVS X. If O : E ^ 2E is usc and O(x) is a nonempty, convex, and closed subset for any x e E, then there exists x e E such that x e O(x).

3. A General Nonlinear Scalarization Function

From now on, unless otherwise specified, let X, Y, and Z be real TVSs and E c X and F c Z nonempty subsets. Let C : E ^ 2y be a set-valued mapping such that for any x e E, C(x) is a proper, closed, and convex cone with int C(x) = 0.

In this section, suppose that G : F ^ 2Y is a strict mapping with compact values and e : E ^ Y is a vector-valued mapping with e(x) e int C(x), for all x e E. Obviously, G(u) is C(x)-closed [11, Definition 3.1 and Proposition 3.3] for each x e E and u e F. Then, in view of [16, Lemma 3.1], we can define a general nonlinear scalarization function of G as follows.

Definition 6. The general nonlinear scalarization function : Ex F ^ R,of G is defined as

(x, u) = min [X e R : G(u) c Xe (x) - C (%)},

y(x,u) e Ex F.

Remark 7. If X = Y = Z = E = F and G(u) = {u], for all u e F, then the general nonlinear scalarization function of G becomes the nonlinear scalarization function defined in [2].

Example 8. Let X = Z = R, Y = R2, and E = F = [0, +от) с X and let G,C : E ^ 2Y, e : E ^ Y define as

G (и) = {(U, V) :U - и <V < и - U,0 <U < и], yueF,

C(x) = {(U,V) : 0 < (2 o}, Vxe E,

e(x) = (1,1), УхеЕ,

respectively. We can see that ÇG(x, u) = (1 + (2/(1 + 2x)))u.

Definition 9. Let D cY be a cone, H : F ^ 2Y, and q : F ^ R. q is called monotone (resp., strictly monotone) with respect to (wrt for brevity) H, if for any u1,u2 e F, H(u1 ) - H(u2) c int D implies that q(u2) < q(u1) (resp., q(u2) < q(u1)).

Obviously, the strict monotonicity wrt H implies the monotonicity wrt H. Moreover, if H(u) = {u}, for all u e F, then the (strict) monotonicity wrt H of q is equivalent to the (strict) monotonicity under the general order structures. The following examples illuminate the relationship between the monotonicity wrt H and the monotonicity in the normal sense when H is not the identity mapping.

Example 10. Let Y = Z = R, F = [0,10], and D = R+ and let

q(u) = {

и е [0,5], и е (5,10] :

H (и) =

[и,и+ 1], и е [0, 5), [0,6], и = 5,

[0,10-и], ие(5,10].

Then Н(и1) - Н(и2) с int D implies that q(u1) > q(u2). Thus q is strictly monotone wrt H, while q is not monotone in the normal sense.

Example 11. Let Y = Z= R, F = [0, 5], and D = R+ and let q(u) = u, for all и e F,andH(u) = [-u-\,-u], for all и e F. Then q is strictly monotone in the normal sense, but q is not monotone wrt H. As the case stands, H(u1) - H(u2) с int D is equivalent to u1,u2 e F and u2 - u1 > 1, which just results in q(u1) < q(u2).

Now some main properties of the general nonlinear scalarization function are established. First, according to [16, Proposition 3.1], we have the following.

Theorem 12. For each X e R,xeE and и e F, thefollowing assertions hold.

(1) %G(x,u) < X & G(u) с Xe(x) - int C(x).

(2) \$G(x,u) < X & G(u) с Xe(x) - C(x).

Theorem 13. is strictly monotone wrt G in the second variable.

Proof. Letting u1,u2 e F such that G(u1) - G(u2) c int C(x) and X = %G(x, u1), we have

G (u2) c G(u1) - int C (x)

c Xe (x) - C(x) - int C (x) (by Definition 6) (9)

c Xe (x) - int C (x).

It is from this assertion that %G(x,u2) < X = ^G(x,u1) by Theorem 12 (1). □

Theorem 14. Suppose that e is continuous.

(1) If W and G are usc on E and F, respectively, where

W(x) = Y\ intC(x), VxeE, (10)

then is usc on Ex F.

(2) If C is usc on E and G is lsc on F, then is lsc on ExF.

Proof. (1) It is sufficient to attest the fact that for each X e R, the set

A = {(x, и) е ExF : ÇG (x,u) > X}

is closed. As a matter of fact, for any sequence {(xk, uk)} in A such that (Xk,Uk) ^ (x0,u0) as k ^ >x>, ^G(Xk,Uk) > X, that is, G(Uk) t Xe(xk) - intC(Xk), by Theorem 12(1). Obviously, F0 = {u, u1,u2,...} t F is compact and so is G(F0) by Lemma 3 (2). Then there exists yk e G(Uk) t G(F0) such that yk i Xe(xk) - int C(Xk) and a subsequence {yk } of {yk}, such that yk, ^ y0 e G(F0) as i ^ >x> and

* int C{xki ), that is, Xe (xk ) - yk еШ (xk ).

Obviously, G is usc with closed values, which implies that G is closed by Lemma 3 (1). Hence, y0 e G(u0). Similarly, W is closed. Letting i ^ >x> in (12) and applying the continuity of e and the closeness of W, we obtain that Xe(x0) - y0 e W(x0). Namely, y0 i Xe(x0) - int C(x0). Thus G(u0) c Xe(x0) - int C(x0), which is equivalent to ^G(x0, u0) > X by Theorem 12 (1). Therefore, X e A and A is closed.

(2) It's enough to argue that for each X e R, the set

В = {(x, и) е ExF : ÇG (x,u) < X}

is closed. In fact, for any sequence {(xk,uk)} in B such that (xk,Uk) ^ (x0,u0) as k ^ ra, by Theorem 12 (2), ^G(Xk,Uk) < X, equivalently, G(Uk) c Xe(xk) - C(Xk). For any y0 e G(u0), there exists yk e G(Uk) such that yk ^ y0 as k ^ ra according to the equivalent definition of lower semicontinuity of G (see [13], page 108). Also,

te (xk) -Ук еС (xk).

Linking the continuity of e with the closeness of C inferred from Lemma 3 (1) and letting k ^ >x> in (14), we get Xe(x0)-y0 e C(x0) and G(u0) c Xe(x0) - C(x0). Consequently,

Theorem 12 (2) leads to %G(x0,u0) < X which amounts to (x0, u0) e В. В is closed.

If X = Y = Z = E = F (F is not required to be compact) and G(u) = {u}, for all и e F, then Theorem 14 becomes [2, Theorem 2.1]. Actually, [2, Theorem 2.1] can be regarded as the case where G is continuous in Theorem 14. In addition, Example 2.1 (resp., Example 2.2) in [2] shows that if С (resp., W) is not usc, maybe the general nonlinear scalarization function fails to be lsc (resp., usc) under all the other assumptions. Now the following example demonstrates that the assumption of the upper semicontinuity (resp., lower semicontinuity) of G is necessary in Theorem 14 (1) (resp., (2)) even if С is continuous. □

Example 15. Let X = Z = R, Y = R2, E = R+, and F = [-10,10] с Z, and let

e(x) = (1,1), УхбЕ,

C(x) = {(U,V) : 0 < (2 o}, Vxe E.

(1) Define

G(u) =

[u,u+l], Мб (0,10], 0, и б [-10,0].

Evidently, G is not usc on F. After simply calculating,

(x,u) =

u+1, x б E, 0 < и < 10, 0, хеЕ, -10<u< 0.

is not usc on Ex F due to the fact that {(x, u) e E x F : k(x,u) > 1] = R+ x (0,10] is not closed. (2) Consider the following mapping:

G(u) =

[u,u+1], и б [0,10], 0, м б [-10,0).

Obviously, G is not lsc on F. Also, fails to be lsc on Ex F, where

zg (x, u) =

u+1, x б E, 0 < и < 10, 0, хбЕ, -10<u< 0.

4. Existence Results on Solutions of the GVQEPs

In this section, further suppose that X, Y, and Z are locally convex. Let g : F ^ E be a vector-valued mapping. Now two GVQEPs are characterized as follows:

GVQEP1: Seek x e P(x) and z e Q(x) such that

f (v,z) - f (x,z)

t- int C(g(z)), Vv бР(х),

where P: E ^ 2e, Q : E ^ 2P, and f:ExF 2y are set-valued mappings.

GVQEP2: Find x б P(x) and z б Q(x) such that f (v, x,z)-f (x, x, z)

t- int C(g(z)), Vv бР(х),

where P :e^2e,q:e^ 2p,andf: ExExF ^ 2y are set-valued mappings.

It's worth noting that the GVQEP considered in [2] is just the special case of the GVQEP2 (when f is single valued).

Lemma 16. Let e : E ^ Y be a vector-valued mapping such that e(x) e int C(x) for all x e E and f : E x F ^ 2Y a set-valued mapping and define fz(x) = f(x,z) for each z e F. If for each z e F, fz is generalized C(g(z))-quasiconvex with compact values, then x ^ h(x,z) is R+-quasiconvex, where h(x, z) = (g(z), x) and is the general nonlinear scalarization function of fz.

Proof. It's sufficient to testify that LZ(X) c X is convex, where

Lz (X) = [xeE:Zfz (g(z),x)<X} (23)

for each z e F and X e R. Indeed, for any x1,x2 e LZ(X),

\$fz (g(z),x{)<X, i=1,2,

that is, fz (xt) c Xe (g (z)) -C(g (z)), i = 1,2.

Clearly, for each z e E, x1,x2 e M, where

M={xeE:fz (x)cXe (g (z)) -C(g (z))}. (25)

M is convex by reason of the generalized C(g(z))-quasiconvexity of fz and so x. = tx1 + (1 - t)x2 e M for all 0 <t < 1. Hence,

fz (x)cXe(g(z))-C(g(z)),

which is equal to (g(z), x) < X by Theorem 12 (2). Thus, x e LZ(X) and LZ(X) is convex. □

Now a result on existence of solutions of the GVQEP1 is verified by making use of the general nonlinear scalarization function defined in Section 3.

Theorem 17. Let E and F be compact and convex subsets and P : E ^ 2e, Q : E ^ 2F,andf : Ex F ^ 2Y set-valued mappings. For each z e F, define fZ(x) = f(x, z). Suppose that the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a) x ^ int C(x) has a continuous select e : E ^ Y;

(b) both C and W are usc on E, where

W(x) = Y\ intC(x), Vx б E;

(c) g is continuous, f and P are strict and continuous, and Q is strict and usc;

(d) for each z e F, fz is generalized C(g(z))-quasiconvex;

(e) for each (x, z) e ExF, f(x, z) is compact and for each x e E, both P(x) and Q(x) are closed and convex.

Then the GVQEP1 has a solution (x, z) e E x F; that is, there exist x e P(x) and z e Q(x) such that

f (v,z) - f (x,z) c - int C(g(z)), Vv eP(x). (28)

Further assume that f(x,z) c C(g(z)) for each x e E and z e Q(x). Then

f(v,z)c- int C(g(z)), Vv eP(x). (29)

Proof. Denote K = E x F and w = (x, z) where x e E and z e F, and define g : K ^ E as

(i) Define

g(w) = g (x,z) = g (z).

Obviously, g is continuous on K. The general nonlinear scalarization function of f

(и, w) = min {X е R : f (w) с Xe (и) - С (и)} (31)

is continuous on E x К by Theorem 14. Set h(x, z) = (g(z),x), where is the general nonlinear scalarization function of fz. Since

h (w) = h (x, z)

= min {Я е R : fz (x) с Xe (g (z)) -C(g (z))}

= min {X е R : f (x,z) с Xe (g (x, z)) -C(g (x, z))}

= min {X е R : f (w) с Xe (g (w)) -C(g (w))}

= ïf (g(w),w),

h is continuous on К by virtue of the continuity of and g. Define P: ExF ^ 2ExF as

P (x, z)=P (x) x{z], У (x, z) е ExF. (33)

Obviously, P has compact values and is continuous. Define a set-valued mapping S : Ex F ^ 2ExF as

S (x, z) = {(u, z) е P (x) x{z] :h (u, z) = min h (v, z)

veP(x)

= \ (u,z) е P (x) x {z] : -h (u, z) = max - h (v, z)

veP(x)

(u, a) e P (x, z) : -h (u, a) = max - h (v, b)

(v,b)£P(x,z)

By Lemma 4, S(x, z) is usc. Let

n(x,z) = \ u e P (x) : h (u, z) = min h (v, z)}. (35)

[ viP(x) J

Then S(x, z) = q(x, z) x {z}. The upper semicontinuity of q is obvious. Now we show that for each (x, z) e ExF, q(x, z) is convex and closed. Detailedly,

X = min h (v, z).

veP(x)

Then for any u1,u2 e q(x,z), h(ui,z) = X, i = 1,2. Clearly, m = tu1 + (1 - t)u2 e P(x) for all t e [0,1] since P(x) is convex. In view of condition (d) and Lemma 16, x ^ h(x, z) is R+-quasiconvex, which deduces that for each z e F, the set

Lz (X) = {x е E :h(x,z) < X]

is convex. Thus, h(u, z) < X. It follows from the definition of X that h(u, z) = X, which results in u e q(x, z) and the convexity of q(x, z).

(ii) For each (x,z) e ExF and for any sequence {Uk} c q(x, z) such that Uk ^ u0 as k ^ ra,

h (щ, z) = min h (v, z), Ук.

veP(x)

Since h is continuous,

h(u0,z)= lim h(uk,z)= minh(v,z). (39)

k^rn veP(x) ^ '

Thus u0 e q(x, z) and q(x, z) is closed.

Now consider a set-valued mapping O : E x F ^ 2ExF prescribed as

Ф (x, z) = ц (x, z)xQ(x), У (x, z) е ExF.

It's easy to check that O is usc on ExF and for each (x, z) e ExF, O(x, z) is convex and closed. By Lemma 5, O exists a fixed point (x, z), that is to say,

xeP(x), zeQ(x), h(x,z)= min h(v,z). (41)

viP(x)

Hence, for each v e P(x), h(v,z) > h(x,z). In other words,

(g(z), V)>sfr (g(z),x), (42)

which deduces that x e P(x), z e Q(x), and f (V,z) - f (x,z) = fz (v) - fz (x)

с- int C(g(z)), yv е P(x),

by Theorem 13. The first conclusion is proved. Further assume that f(x,z) c C(g(z)) for each x e E and z e Q(x). If the second conclusion is not true; namely, there exists v e P(x) such that f(v,z) c - int C(g(z)),then

f (V,Z)-f (x,z) с - int C(g(z))-C (g (z))

= - int C(g(z)).

This is absurd.

If mapping C in Theorem 17 satisfies that for each y e Y, (int C)- (y) = {x e E : y e intC(x)} is open, then x ^ int C(x) must exist a continuous selection by Browder Selection Theorem [17]. Especially, when f is single valued in Theorem 17, a result is stated as follows.

Corollary 18. Let E and F be compact and convex subsets, P : E ^ 2e and Q : E ^ 2P set-valued mappings and f : ExF ^ Y a vector-valued mapping. For each z e F, define fZ(x) = f(x,z). Suppose that the following conditions are in force:

(a) x ^ int C(x) has a continuous select e : E ^ Y;

(b) both C and W are usc on E, where

W(x) = Y\ intC(x), VxeE; (45)

(c) f and g are continuous, P is strict and continuous, and Q is strict and usc;

(d) for each z e F, fZ is C(g(z))-quasiconvex;

(e) for each x e E, both P(x) and Q(x) are closed and convex.

Then there exist x e P(x) and ~z e Q(x) such that

f (x, z) e wMinç^f (P (x), z). (46)

Further suppose that f(x,z) e C(g(z)) for each x e E and z e Q(x). Then

f(P(x),z)n(- int C(g(z))) = 0. (47)

Theorem 19. Let E and F be compact and convex subsets and P : E ^ 2e, Q : E ^ 2F, and f : ExExF ^ 2Y set-valued mappings. For each (x, z) e ExF, define fXZ(u) = f(u, x, z). Suppose that the following conditions hold:

(a) x ^ int C(x) has a continuous select e : E ^ Y;

(b) both C and W are usc on E, where

W(x) = Y\ intC(x), VxeE; (48)

(c) g is continuous, f and P are strict and continuous, and Q is strict and usc;

(d) for each (x,z) e E x F, fXZ is generalized C(g(z))-quasiconvex;

(e) for each (u,x,z) e E x E x F, f(u, x, z) is compact and for each x e E, both P(x) and Q(x) are closed and convex.

Then the GVQEP2 exists a solution (x, z) e E x F; namely, there exist x e P(x) and z e Q(x) such that

f (v, x,z)-f (x, x,z) t - int C (g (z)), Vv e P(x).

Furthermore, if f(x,x,z) t C(g(z)) for each x e E and z e Q(x), then

f(v,x,z)t- int C(g(z)), Vv e P (x). (50)

Proof. Denoting K = E x F, we see that K is compact. Define g : K ^ E and S : E ^ 2K as g(w) = g(x, z) = g(z), for all w = (x,z) e K and S(x) = [x] x Q(x), for all x e E, respectively. Then g is continuous on K and for each w e K, fw is generalized C(|i(w))-quasiconvex according to condition (d). Since Q is strict and usc with compact values, so is S. Replacing F, g, and Q in Theorem 17 by K, g, and S, respectively, we see that these conclusions are true. □

The result below follows from Theorem 19 immediately by further assuming that f is single-valued.

Corollary 20 (see [2]). Let E and F be compact and convex subsets, P : E ^ 2 and Q : E ^ 2 set-valued mappings, and f : E x E x F ^ Y a vector-valued mapping. For each (x,z) e E x F, define fxz(u) = f(u,x,z). The following assumptions are in operation:

(a) x ^ int C(x) has a continuous select e : E ^ Y;

(b) both C and W are usc on E, where

W(x) = Y\ intC(x), VxeE; (51)

(c) f and g are continuous, P is strict and continuous, and Q is strict and usc;

(d) for each (x, z) e ExF, fxz is C(g(z))-quasiconvex;

(e) for each x e E, both P(x) and Q(x) are closed and convex.

Then there exist x e P(x) and ~z e Q(x) such that

f (x, x, z) e wMinc(g(z))f (P (x) ,x,z). (52)

Additionally, on the assumption that f(x,x,z) e C(g(z)) for each x e E and z e Q(x),

f (P (x) ,x,z)n (- int C(g(z))) = 0. (53)

5. An Application of GVQEP1: A VVIP

Let X be a real F-space (X is called an F-space [14], if it is a TVS such that its topology is induced by a complete invariant metric), Y a real locally convex TVS, E c X a nonempty subset and D c Y a proper, closed, and convex cone with intD=0 and let I : E ^ 2L(X,Y) be strict and continuous with compact values. A VVIP is described as follows: to find x e E such that

(l(x),x-x)c- int D, VxeE, (54)

(l(z),x)=\J{(p,x):.pel(z)}. (55)

The VVIP was investigated in [18,19]. If I is single valued, then the VVIP becomes a vector variational inequality problem, which was discussed in [20-22]. Note that X is indeed locally convex.

Assume that E is compact and convex and (l(x), x) is a singleton for each x e E.

X = Z,

E = F,

C (x) = D, Vxe E,

g : E —> Y be any continuous mapping,

f(x,z)={l(z),x), V(x,z)eExE,

P (x) = E, Vxe E,

Q (x) = {x}, VxeE

in Theorem 17. Then the GVQEP1 reduces to the VVIP. All the assumptions of Theorem 17 are verified as follows.

(a) and (b) Since D is a constant cone, x ^ int D has a continuous selection and both C and W are usc.

(c) Obviously, f is strict, g is continuous, P is strict and continuous, and Q is strict and usc. In addition, f is continuous with compact values.

In fact, for each fixed (x0,z0) e E x E, letting m(p) = (p,x0), we see that m is continuous with compact values. So f(x0,z0) = m(l(z0)) is compact by the compactness of l(z0) and Lemma 3(2). Moreover, take L(p,x,z) = (p,x) and H(x, z) = l(z). Obviously, H is continuous with compact values. L is continuous in view of the bilinearity of itself and [11, Theorem 2.17]. Thus

f(x,z)= У L(p,x,z)

p£H(x,z)

is continuous by [13, Theorem 1].

(d) For each z e E, x ^ f(x,z) is generalized D-quasiconvex by its linearity.

(e) The assertion that f has compact values was verified in (c). Clearly, for each x e E, both P(x) and Q(x) are closed and convex.

Thus there exist (x,z) e E x E, x e P(x) = E, and z e Q(x) = {x} such that

f (x, x)- f (x, x) с- int D, Ух е E, that is, {I (x) ,x) - {I (x) ,x) с- int D, Ух е E. Since {l(x), x) is a singleton for each x е E,

{l(x),x-x) с - int D, УхеЕ,

which implies that x is a solution of VVIP.

Incidentally, the set-valued mapping I satisfying the conditions above exists. For instance, and

E = {x = (x1,x2) : xj + x22 < 1} с X.

Define I by

l(x) = [(Xx2,-Xx1):\X\<l}, Vx = (x1,x2) eE. (61)

Clearly, I is strict and continuous with compact values. Moreover, (l(x), x) = {0} for each x e E.

Acknowledgment

The work was supported by both the Doctoral Fund of innovation of Beijing University of Technology (2012) and the 11th graduate students Technology Fund of Beijing University of Technology (No. ykj-2012-8236).

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