A Randomly Weighted Minimum Spanning Tree with a Random Cost Constraint

  • Alan Frieze
  • Tomasz Tkocz


We study the minimum spanning tree problem on the complete graph $K_n$ where an edge $e$ has a weight $W_e$ and a cost $C_e$, each of which is an independent copy of the random variable $U^\gamma$ where $\gamma\leq 1$ and $U$ is  the uniform $[0,1]$ random variable. There is also a constraint that the spanning tree $T$ must satisfy $C(T)\leq c_0$. We establish, for a range of values for $c_0,\gamma$, the asymptotic value of the optimum weight via the consideration of a dual problem. 

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