We study the problem of uniformly partitioning the edge set of a tree with n edges into k connected components, where k ≤ n. The objective is to minimize the ratio of the maximum to the minimum number of edges of the subgraphs in the partition. We show that, for any tree and k ≤ 4, there exists a k-split with ratio at most two. For general k, we propose a simple algorithm that finds a k-split with ratio at most three in O (n log k) time. Experimental results on random trees are also shown.
- Optimization problem
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Applied Mathematics