Abstract: In a recent work [Chem. Phys. Lett. 333 (2001) 319-321] Nikolić, Trinajstić, and Randie put forward a novel modification ▫$^m$▫W of the Wiener index. We now show that ▫$^m$▫W possesses the basic properties required by a topological index to be acceptable as a measure of the extent of branching of the carbon-atom skeleton of the respective molecule (and therefore to be a structure-descriptor, potentially applicable in QSPR and QSAR studies). In particular, if ▫$T_n$▫ is any n-vertex tree, different from the n-vertex path ▫$P_n$▫ and the n-vertex star ▫$S_n$▫, then mw(Pn) < mW(Tn) < mW(Sn). We also show how the concept of the modified Wiener index can be extended to weighted molecular graphs. Keywords:graph theory, distance, molecular graphs, modified Wiener index, weigted modified Wiener index, branching, chemical graph theory Published: 05.07.2017; Views: 279; Downloads: 35 Full text (85,05 KB) This document has many files! More...