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On the Difference of Expected Lengths of Minimum Spanning Trees

  • WENBO V. LI (a1) and XINYI ZHANG (a1)

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An exact formula for the expected length of the minimum spanning tree of a connected graph, with independent and identical edge distribution, is given, which generalizes Steele's formula in the uniform case. For a complete graph, the difference of expected lengths between exponential distribution, with rate one, and uniform distribution on the interval (0, 1) is shown to be positive and of rate ζ(3)/n. For wheel graphs, precise values of expected lengths are given via calculations of the associated Tutte polynomials.

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