# Publications and Preprints

On A Random Directed Spanning Tree
by
Abhay G. Bhatt and Rahul Roy
We study the asymptotic properties of a minimal spanning tree formed by $n$ points uniformly distributed in the unit square, where the minimality is amongst all rooted spanning trees with a direction of growth. We show that the number of branches from the root of this tree, the total length of these branches, and the length of the longest branch each converge weakly. This model is related to the study of record values in the theory of extreme value statistics and this relation is used to obtain our results. The results also hold when the tree is formed from a Poisson point process of intensity $n$ in the unit square.

isid/ms/2003/13 [fulltext]