# Extremal Values of Ratios: Distance Problems versus Subtree Problems in Trees II

#### Abstract

We discovered a dual behavior of two tree indices, the Wiener index and the number of subtrees, for a number of extremal problems (Székely and Wang, 2006, 2005). We introduced the concept of *subtree core*: the *subtree core * of a tree consists of one or two adjacent vertices of a tree that are contained in the largest number of subtrees. Let σ(T) denote the sum of distances between unordered pairs of vertices in a tree T and _{σ}_{T}(v) the sum of distances from a vertex v to all other vertices in T. Barefoot et al. (1997) determined extremal values of _{σ}_{T}(w)/_{σ}_{T}(u), _{σ}_{T}(w)/_{σ}_{T}(v), σ(T)/_{σ}_{T}(v), and σ(T)/_{σ}_{T}(w), where T is a tree on n vertices, v is in the centroid of the tree T, and u,w are leaves in T. Let F(T) denote the number of subtrees of T and _{F}_{T}(v) the number of subtrees containing v in T. In Part I of this paper we tested how far the negative correlation between distances and subtrees go if we look for (and characterize) the extremal values of _{F}_{T}(w)/_{F}_{T}(u), _{F}_{T}(w)/_{F}_{T}(v). In this paper we characterize the extremal values of F(T)/_{F}_{T}(v), and F(T)/_{F}_{T}(w), where T is a tree on n vertices, v is in the subtree core of the tree T, and w is a leaf in T-completing the analogy, changing distances to the number of subtrees.

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