We are given a complete simple undirected weighted graph and its first arbitrary shortest spanning tree . We define the next graph and find on the second arbitrary shortest spanning tree . We continue similarly by finding on , etc. Let k be the smallest number of disjoint shortest spanning trees as defined above and let be the graph obtained as union of all disjoint trees.

**Question 1**. What is the smallest number of disjoint spanning trees creates a graph containing a Hamiltonian path.

**Question 2**. What is the smallest number of disjoint spanning trees creates a graph containing a shortest Hamiltonian path?

**Questions 3 and 4**. Replace in questions 1 and 2 a shortest spanning tree by a 1-tree. What is the smallest number of disjoint 1-trees creates a Hamiltonian graph? What is the smallest number of disjoint 1-trees creates a graph containing a shortest Hamiltonian cycle?

These questions are induced by the following paper Chrobak and Poljak. On common edges in optimal solutions to travelling salesman and other optimization problems, Discrete Applied Mathematics 20 (1988) 101-111.

## Bibliography

M. Chrobak and S. Poljak. On common edges in optimal solutions to travelling salesman and other optimization problems, Discrete Applied Mathematics 20 (1988) 101-111.

* indicates original appearance(s) of problem.