# Variants of the Segment Number of a Graph

The segment number of a planar graph is the smallest number of line segments whose union represents a crossing-free straight-line drawing of the given graph in the plane. The segment number is a measure for the visual complexity of a drawing; it has been studied extensively. In this paper, we study three variants of the segment number: for planar graphs, we consider crossing-free polyline drawings in 2D; for arbitrary graphs, we consider crossing-free straight-line drawings in 3D and straight-line drawings with crossings in 2D. We establish lower and upper bounds on the new variants of the segment number, mostly for cubic graphs, depending on the connectivity of the given graph. We also construct an infinite family of planar graphs where the classical segment number is asymptotically twice as large as each of the new variants of the segment number.

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