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## A polynomial-time algorithm of finding a minimum k-path vertex cover and a maximum k-path packing in some graphs

For a graph *G* and a positive integer *k*, a subset *C* of vertices of *G* is called a *k*-path vertex cover if *C* intersects all paths of *k* vertices in *G*. The cardinality of a minimum *k*-path vertex cover is denoted by *β_{**P_**k*}(*G*). For a graph *G* and a positive integer *k*, a subset *M* of pairwise vertex-disjoint paths of *k* vertices in *G* is called a *k*-path packing. The cardinality of a maximum *k*-path packing is denoted by *μ**_{P_**k*}(*G*). In this paper, we describe some graphs, having equal values of *β**_{P_**k}* and *μ**{P**_k}*, for *k*≥5, and present polynomial-time algorithms of finding a minimum *k*-path vertex cover and a maximum *k*-path packing in such graphs.

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A form for an unbiased estimate of the coefficient of determination of a linear regression model is obtained. It is calculated by using a sample from a multivariate normal distribution. This estimate is proposed as an alternative criterion for a choice of regression factors.