## A Primal-Dual Approximation Algorithm for the Steiner Connectivity Problem

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• We extend the primal-dual approximation technique of Goemans and Williamson to the Steiner connectivity problem, a kind of Steiner tree problem in hypergraphs. This yields a (k+1)-approximation algorithm for the case that k is the minimum of the maximal number of nodes in a hyperedge minus 1 and the maximal number of terminal nodes in a hyperedge. These results require the proof of a degree property for terminal nodes in hypergraphs which generalizes the well-known graph property that the average degree of terminal nodes in Steiner trees is at most 2.

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