## Simple Fixed Point Problem

This is just a simple fixed point problem I did on mathhelpforum a while ago. It’s not particularly difficult.

**Problem:** Let a compact metric space and a contractive mapping. Then, has a unique fixed point.

**Proof:** Clearly the mapping is continuous since . Thus, by the compactness of we have that attains a minimum at some point . Now, suppose that , then which contradicts the minimality of . It follows that is in fact a fixed point. Now, clearly it is unique for if we supposed that then we’d have that

The conclusion follows.

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