Suppose that f : P → Q is a poset map whose fibers f -1(Q ≤q) are sufficiently well connected. Our main result is a formula expressing the homotopy type of P in terms of Q and the fibers. Several fiber theorems from the literature (due to Babson, Baclawski and Quillen) are obtained as consequences or special cases. Homology, Cohen-Macaulay, and equivariant versions are given, and some applications are discussed.
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- Applied Mathematics