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Volume 37 • Number 3 • 2014
• On Extremal Graphs with Internally Disjoint Steiner Trees
Hengzhe Li, Xueliang Li and Yaping Mao

The problem of determining the smallest number of edges, $h(n;\overline{\kappa}\geq r)$, which guarantees that any graph with $n$ vertices and $h(n;\overline{\kappa}\geq r)$ edges will contain a pair of vertices joined by $r$ internally disjoint paths was posed by Erd\"{o}s and Gallai. Bollob\'{a}s considered the problem of determining the largest number of edges $f(n;\overline{\kappa}\leq \ell)$ for graphs with $n$ vertices and local connectivity at most $\ell$. One can see that $f(n;\overline{\kappa}\leq \ell)= h(n;\overline{\kappa}\geq \ell+1)-1$. These two problems had received a wide attention of many researchers in the last few decades. In the above problems, only pairs of vertices connected by internally disjoint paths are considered. In this paper, we study the number of internally disjoint Steiner trees connecting sets of vertices with cardinality at least $3$.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 05C40, 05C05, 05C35, 05C75

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