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### How does depths of nodes change after left-rotation in a BST (Exercise qustion from Cormen)

Let a,b,c be arbitrary nodes in the subtrees $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$, respectively, in the left tree of Figure 13.2. How do the depths of a,b,c change when a left rotation is performed on node x ...
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### How can I get the overall winner's leaf node in a loser tournament tree used for k-way merge?

I've read the wikipedia that has some insight on how a loser tournament tree ought to be constructed, but I'm confused as hell by the pseudo-code shown. How are you supposed to get the overall winner'...
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### What is the gold-standard description of the 2-3 tree (search, insert, delete)?

After several hours of frustration, I finally realized that the definition of two-three trees aren't standard (my lecture notes, this video, this other video, and Wikipedia) are different. My lecture ...
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### Best Case of Red Black Tree Insertion and Deletion

Question: During the insertion and deletion operation of a Red Black Tree data structure, each operation, can result in $\Omega(\log{n})$ color inversions? True or False? EDIT: Each operation ...
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### Complexity of finding the kth smallest element of all the elements in two order statistics binary search trees

What is the time complexity of finding the kth smallest element of all the elements in two order statistics binary search trees? An order statistics tree is a binary search tree where the size of a ...
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### Solution Verification: How does the postorder traversal of a BST change after rotating left?

Given a BST $T$, $x$ is a random node in it and $y$ is the right child of $x$. How does the PostOrder traversal of BST $T$ change after we rotate the tree left on node $x$? In which cases does the ...
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### I think I have discovered a new sorting algorithm using binary search tree [closed]

If we some how transform a Binary Search Tree into a form where no node other than root may have both right and left child and the nodes the right sub-tree of the root may only have right child, and ...
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### What is the time complexity of adding to a BST if we are to maintain balance

If we have a BST but want to keep it balanced, how much more expensive does adding an element to it become? Clearly adding an element (without maintaining balance) is of time complexity O(log(n)), as ...
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### Red Black Tree: number of internal nodes vs leaf nodes

Given a generic Red Black Tree with n nodes is correct to say that the number of internal nodes is ⌊n/2⌋ and the number of leaf nodes is ⌊n/2⌋ + 1 ?
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### Depth-first search (DFS) time complexity for a Red-Black Tree

If we indicate n as the number of nodes of a Red-Black Tree, which is the time complexity of a DFS algorithm that analyzes only the internal nodes of the Tree? I think that the complexity is O(n), but ...
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### Using pre-,post-, and in-order indexes to find information about a Binary Search Tree

Recently I have been studying ways of traversing a BST (in python), and have collided with the terms pre-order, post-order and in-order. I believe that I understood the three terms pretty well, and ...
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A priority search tree is a binary tree satisfying the following: every node $u$ stores a point $p_u = (x_u,y_u)$ every nonleaf $u$ stores an x-coordinate $x_u'$ called the split-line coordinate. If $... 0 votes 1 answer 46 views ### BST subtree value range Suppose we have a node x in BST, and let max and min be the largest and smallest keys in the subtree rooted at x respectively. Prove that for any node n outside this subtree, the key of n is either ... 4 votes 1 answer 361 views ### Big O vs. Big Theta for AVL tree operations On the Wikipedia page for AVL trees, the time/space complexity for common operations is stated both for average case (in Big Theta) and worst case (in Big O) scenarios. I understand both Big O and Big ... 0 votes 1 answer 36 views ### n search operations on an arbitrary Splay tree For an arbitrary spay tree with n nodes, if we perform n find operations, is there a way of generalizing what the tree would ... 1 vote 1 answer 38 views ### Least-balanced possible red-black tree of n distinct nodes Let's say we have a red-black tree of$n$total nodes where all keys are distinct. The subtree rooted at the root node's left child has$n_L$nodes, and similarly the subtree rooted at the root node'... 0 votes 1 answer 14 views ### Which particular data structure should I use if I want a persistent balanced search tree? As title, I'm trying to implement a text editor with the rope data structure, which is backed by binary search tree. Since I want it to have persistent undos, the underlaying data structure should ... 0 votes 1 answer 48 views ### What's the sum of heights of a random binary search tree What's the sum of heights of a random binary search tree? By a random binary search tree, I mean the usual definition: you have$n$keys to be inserted, and all Permutations are equally likely. The ... 0 votes 1 answer 71 views ### Interval Tree by Augmenting an AVL Tree According to Wikipedia: An augmented tree can be built from a simple ordered tree, for example a binary search tree or self-balancing binary search tree, ordered by the 'low' values of the intervals. ... 0 votes 1 answer 117 views ### Height of AVL Tree I found an AVL tree implementation on the internet and experimented: For a tree with node count of 2^20, the minimal and maximal tree heights are 16 and 24. While these heights are lg(n)-ish, I am ... 0 votes 0 answers 22 views ### Two variants of the BST remove algorithm I have seen two variants of the BST remove algorithm in the case where the node to be removed has both children. Variant 1: Replace the node with the right-most child in the left subtree Variant 2: ... 1 vote 3 answers 336 views ### How does the Inorder-tree-walk algorithm move to a different node after hitting a leaf? A friend and I did the Inorder-tree-walk with pen and paper. We both can't figure out how the algorithm would move 'up' the tree again upon hitting a leaf: We are using the algorithm as described by ... 0 votes 0 answers 11 views ### Comparing the added cost of replacing a map with an extra Merkle tree to provide non-membership proofs Here is the trade-off: -Merkle trees that append leaves to the right tend to have a better Locality of reference, and thus shorter batch proofs (a lot of sibling nodes will be common and thus fetched ... 2 votes 1 answer 95 views ### How to join two Scapegoat Trees in O(log n) time? I am working on some binary-search-tree research and was surprised to find no mention of an algorithm to join two Scapegoat Trees. This is where two trees$L$and$R$are joined to create a single ... 0 votes 0 answers 48 views ### Rebalance the following AVL tree after inserting G. You need to show the middle step if it happens. Briefly explain the operations I recently learned AVL Trees but I still lack a complete understanding of the concept. I understand that an AVL tree is a Binary search tree that checks for the height of the tree, but I still don't ... 1 vote 3 answers 553 views ### The number of ways of insertion in binary search tree The number of ways in which the numbers$1,2,3,4,5,6,7$can be inserted in an empty binary search tree, such that the resulting tree has height 5, is _________. Note: The height of a tree with a ... 3 votes 1 answer 60 views ### Observations about the structure of an optimal Binary Search Tree My question is about part 15.5 in CLRS (third edition)*, on optimal binary search trees. I am confused about the following sentences: Consider any subtree of a binary search tree. It must contain ... 1 vote 1 answer 59 views ### Minimum absolute difference in a BST is always between Given a Binary Search Tree(BST) I would like to understand can absolute minimum difference between any two nodes of a BST is always between adjacent nodes. If Yes or No can we generalize it ? Assume ... 0 votes 1 answer 172 views ### When can a (max) heap be a BST? Cheers, let's suppose we have a MAX heap which does not allow duplicate elements. Is it possible for this heap to be a BST ? Choose the right answer(s) below: A heap can never be a BST A heap is ... 0 votes 1 answer 40 views ### Find two nodes in a BST such that the root's key is the average of their keys without extra space in$\theta(n)$worst case time We can do this in$\theta(n^2)$time if we calculate the average of all couples of nodes in the tree and compare it to the root, but this is too much time. We can do this in linear time but with extra ... 0 votes 0 answers 44 views ### Calculating the expected height of a randomly built binary search tree I need to calculate the expected height of a randomly built binary search tree, BST, with 4 different keys:$x < y < z < w$According to Catalan numbers, there are 14 possible trees, 8 with ... 0 votes 1 answer 47 views ### Finding 2 nodes which sum equals twice their common ancestor in RBT in$\Theta(n\lg n)$I have a red black tree,$T$, and I need to write an algorithm to find 2 nodes$x$and$y$so that$key[x] + key[y] = 2 \cdot key[p(x, y)]$, where$p(x, y)$is the lowest common ancestor of$x$and$y$... 1 vote 1 answer 147 views ### Splay Tree: Repeatedly searching for the same key that's not in the Tree In a splay tree, doing$m$sequential search operations for the same key that is in the tree has a time complexity in$O(n+m)$where n is the number of nodes in the tree. Since the first search has a ... 0 votes 0 answers 48 views ### BST deletion of node with 2 children by copying right child to predecessor I try to delete a node,$z$, with 2 children in binary search tree by exchanging$z$'s right child and$z$'s predecessor,$y$, right child, which is NULL because$y$has no right child, if it had then ... 0 votes 0 answers 91 views ### Suggest a Data Structure that support the following operations with time complexity O(log(n)) I’m looking for a data structure that supports that store the salaries of it’s employees. Insert(e) – Insert employee e into the data structure. AvgDecile(k) – Returns the average salary of the k’th ... 1 vote 1 answer 240 views ### For a balanced binary search tree what is the worst case case time complexity for accessing all elements within a range of nodes? I have this question which is asking for the worst case time complexity for a balanced binary search tree, assume the nodes are labeled as integers and we consider a range of ... 0 votes 1 answer 43 views ### Converting Binary Search Tree into Decreasing Ordered Linked List Given a BST with n nodes, the algorithm should create a linked list that contains a decreasing order sorted array. The algorithm should have a worst case time complexity O(n). The signature of the ... 1 vote 1 answer 56 views ### If a key in a red-black tree has exactly one child (which isn't null) then it is always red I have the following claim: Prove or disprove: If a key in a red-black tree has exactly one child (which isn't null) then it is always red. My attempt: Disproof. We will exhibit a counterexample: ... 1 vote 1 answer 139 views ### Prove a statement about searching in binary search tree Suppose search$n$times in a given binary search tree$T$with$n$nodes. each searching have cost$C_i$, and$\sum_{i=1}^{n}C_i=O(n\log n)$. Now the problem is to find height of$T$. I think it be$... 49 views

### Finding height of binary search tree

Suppose given a binary search tree $T$ with $n$ nodes with depth $h$. We did $n$ times search with cost $c_i$ for search $i^{th}$ search on $T$ ,and $\sum_{i=1}^{n}c_i=O(n\log n)$. what we can say ... 61 views

### Check two balanced binary search trees that sub set of each other

Given two balanced binary search trees $T_1,T_2$. We want to check, are $T_1\subseteq T_1$ or not. $T_1$ have $n_1$ nodes, and $T_2$ have $n_2$ nodes. Instructor say it can be done in $O(n_1+n_2)$ ... 1 vote
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### Cormen problem 13-1 part d

I am going through problem 13-1 in CLRS 3rd edition. I came up with the following algorithm as a solution: ...
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### Prove correctness of in-order tree traversal subroutine

I'm trying to prove that in-order tree traversal prints the keys in sorted order. It's shown here, but what I want is to prove correctness using ordinary induction. Claim: For any n-node subtree, ...
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### is it possible to create an avl tree given any set of numbers?

I am studying balanced trees, especially AVL trees. My question is whether is it possible to create an avl tree given any set of numbers. is it possible to prove the following statement? Let $A$ be ...
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### Find amount of elements greater then number k in a BST

I am trying to find an Algorithm to find the amount of elements in a BST which are greater than a certain number K. I found it problematic as there are elements which might be greater then K but wont ...
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### Probability that BST has exact height

Consider keys $[ 1 \ldots n]$. We want to calculate probability that BST tree has height = $h$. (We assume that distribution is uniform over all $C_{n}$ trees, where $C_n$ - n-th Catalan number). ...
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### What exactly is the difference between a Balanced Binary Search Tree and an AVL tree?

I'm learning some Data Structures and I cannot figure out the difference between the Balanced BST and the AVL Tree. From my understanding, an AVL tree is a balanced tree with the height difference <...
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### Recurrence formula for optimal binary search tree

This question is from Section 15.5 of Introduction to Algorithms (third edition). We are given sequence of keys, $k = \{ k_{1},k_{2},\dots,k_{n} \}$, where $k_{1}<k_{2} <\dots<k_{n}$. For ...