# Linear-time algorithms for scattering number and hamilton-connectivity of interval graphs

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## Abstract

We show that for all k ≤ − 1 an interval graph is − (k + 1)-Hamilton-connected if and only if its scattering number is at most k. We also give an O(n + m) time algorithm for computing the scattering number of an interval graph with n vertices and m edges, which improves the O(n^3) time bound of Kratsch, Kloks and Müller. As a consequence of our two results the maximum k for which an interval graph is k-Hamilton-connected can be computed in O(n + m) time.

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