Extremal Values of Ratios: Distance Problems vs. Subtree Problems in Trees II

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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 σT(v)the sum of distances from a vertex v to all other vertices in T. Barefoot et al. (1997) determined extremal values of σT(w)/σT(u), σT(w)/σT(v), σ(T)/σT(v), andσ(T)/σT(w), where T is a tree on n vertices, v is in the centroid of the tree T, and u,ware leaves in T. Let F(T) denote the number of subtrees of T and FT(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 FT(w)/FT(u), FT(w)/FT(v). In this paper we characterize the extremal values of F(T)/FT(v), and F(T)/FT(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.