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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2006, Article ID 79858, 8 pages

Collapsing along monotone poset maps

Institute of Theoretical Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Zurich 8092, Switzerland

Received 21 March 2005; Revised 13 September 2005; Accepted 12 February 2006

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We introduce the notion of nonevasive reduction and show that for any monotone poset map ϕ:PP, the simplicial complex Δ(P) NE-reduces to Δ(Q), for any QFixϕ.

As a corollary, we prove that for any order-preserving map ϕ:PP satisfying ϕ(x)x, for any xP, the simplicial complex Δ(P) collapses to Δ(ϕ(P)). We also obtain a generalization of Crapo's closure theorem.