## Approximating Balanced Graph Partitions

Please always quote using this URN: urn:nbn:de:0297-zib-73675
• We consider the problem of partitioning a weighted graph into k connected components of similar weight. In particular, we consider the two classical objectives to maximize the lightest part or to minimize the heaviest part. For a partitioning of the vertex set and for both objectives, we give the first known approximation results on general graphs. Specifically, we give a $\Delta$-approximation where $\Delta$ is the maximum degree of an arbitrary spanning tree of the given graph. Concerning the edge partition case, we even obtain a 2-approximation for the min-max and the max-min problem, by using the claw-freeness of line graphs.