Abstract

We prove that any graph G=(V,E) with n points and m edges has a spanning tree T such that sum(u,v)∈ E(G)dT(u,v) = O(m log n log log n). Moreover such a tree can be found in time O(m log nlog log n). Our result is obtained using a new petal-decomposition approach which guarantees that the radius of each cluster in the tree is at most 4 times the radius of the induced subgraph of the cluster in the original graph.

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