Edge-splittings preserving local edge-connectivity of graphs

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Edge-splittings preserving local edge-connectivity of graphs
Let G = (V + s, E) be a 2-edge-connected graph with a designated vertex s. A pair of edges rs, st is called admissible if splitting off these edges (replacing rs and st by rt) preserves the local edge-connectivity (the maximum number of pairwise edge disjoint paths) between each pair of vertices in V. The operation splitting off is very useful in graph theory, it is especially powerful in the solution of edge-connectivity augmentation problems as it was shown by Frank [4]. Mader [7] proved that if d(s) = 3 then there exists an admissible pair incident to s. We generalize this result by showing that if d(s) 4 then there exists an edge incident to s that belongs to at least d(s)/3 admissible pairs. An infinite family of graphs shows that this bound is best possible. We also refine a result of Frank [5] by describing the structure of the graph if an edge incident to s belongs to no admissible pairs. This provides a new proof for Mader's theorem.
Zoltán Szigeti
Added 10 Dec 2010
Updated 10 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2008
Where DAM
Authors Zoltán Szigeti
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