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### What formula was used here to calculate the average search time of the binary tree?

My teacher showed me the following slide on the PowerPoint with two binary search trees and their corresponding "average search times". The PPT did not mention what formula was used to ...
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### I don't understand the reason behind O(h) time complexity in this MIT OCW Algorithms question

I faced the following question in a problem session: Gal Ore is a scientist who studies climate. As part of her research, she often needs to query the maximum temperature the earth has observed within ...
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### Closed-form for exact number of iterations of binary search

Consider a sorted list of $n$ elements $x_1, \ldots, x_n$. Using binary search to find $x_k$ in this list takes $f(n, k)$ iterations, where $f : \mathbb{N}^2 \to \mathbb{N}$ is a function such that, ...
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### Can this Binary Search Tree be optimal with $x$ expected comparisons?

I was given this Binary Search Tree. The question asks whether this tree can ever be optimal with $2.1$ expected comparisons, and I am completely lost on how to even approach this problem. Trying to ...
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### Prove that balanced binary search tree has lowest expected cost

Take numbers from 1 to 100. Put all of them in a binary search tree. Now, one of those 100 numbers is picked uniformly at random and given to us. We'd like to find it in the binary search tree. The ...
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### Recursive formula for height of BST

Let $H(n)$ be the average height of a BST with nodes from ${1,...,n}$. I think that $$H(n) = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{i = 0}^{n-1}\left[\text{max}(H(i), H(n-1 -i)) + 1\right]$$ But I don't know how to prove ...
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### Time Complexity: Determining if a binary tree is balanced

I found an algorithm for determining if a binary tree is height-balanced. It Gets the height of left and right subtrees using dfs traversal. Return true if the difference between heights is not more ...
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### Does a sorted sequence from in-order traversal imply a binary tree is a BST?

An in-order traversal of a binary search tree (BST) produces a sorted sequence. I wonder, if we perform an in-order traversal of a binary tree and obtain a sorted sequence, does that imply that the ...
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### Create a class or structure like union of ranges

How to create a structure which acts as union of ranges. In that structure new ranges can be inserted beforehand and then some queries are asked to find out if the given point is covered by any of the ...
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### Is binary tree balanced if and only if the morris traversal of the tree produces ordered list?

I'm trying to check if the binary tree is binary search tree. My idea is to use Morris traversal. Intuitively a binary tree is balanced iff Morris traversal produces a sorted threaded linked list. The ...
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### Splay Trees - Sequential Access Theorem & lower bound for comparison-based sorting

The following theorem was proven by R.E. Tarjan in 1984: Theorem (Sequential Access Theorem). If we access each of the nodes of an arbitrary initial tree once, in symmetric order, the total time ...
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### Can a Red Black Tree have a black node with a black descendant? Is this image wrong?

How the story begins? I was learning about Red Black Trees on my own. When one opens the Wikipedia article, it can be read: (Conclusion) If a node N has exactly one child, it must be a red child, ...
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### Completeness of red-black tree operations

Red-black trees are defined to have the following invariants: The nodes are in sorted order (it is a binary search tree). The root is black, and leaves are black. Every red node has black children. ...
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### Merge K BST of N elements in total into a single RBT in O(N log K) time

I have the following question to solve; Given $K$ BST consisting of $N$ total elements, show how you can create a Red Black Tree in $O(N\log K)$ time. I had the following idea but it falls on the ...
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### Deletion of a node from a BST

Placed exactly the code and the explanation of the book : Introduction to Algorithms Third Edition In order to move subtrees around within the binary search tree, we define a subroutine TRANSPLANT, ...
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### Merge two binary search trees

Consider two binary search trees T1 and T2, each with height h, with all values in T1 less than all values in T2. I want to merge these both trees to get a new binary search tree of height at most h+1 ...
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### Visualizing How of KD-tree Data Structure Splits Space

I am trying to understand how KD-tree works when we insert a node and how it splits the xy plane, please. Below $[5, 4]$ splits the xy-plane into left and right parts while $[2,6]$ splits it into top ...
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### How many times is a node rotated towards the root in a weight-balanced tree?

In this paper they prove that the number of rotations after doing $n$ insertions or deletions to a weight-balanced tree is $O(n)$ (when starting from an empty tree). What isn't clear to me though is ...
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### Binary Search Tree Updating

How can I update values in Binary Search Tree without affecting its properties (all the nodes in the left subtree have values that are less than the value of the root node and all the nodes of the ...
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### Two statements about optimal binary search trees

This is a paragraph from the book CLRS: What we need is known as an optimal binary search tree. Formally, we are given a sequence $K = (k_1, k_2, ..., k_n)$ of $n$ distinct keys in sorted order (so ...
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### What is the minimal number of nodes with the right subtree in a height-balanced BST?

I have a binary search tree of size $N$. The tree is height balanced: difference of heights of a node's subtrees is no more than 1 (true for RB or AVL trees). $K$ is the number of nodes that have a ...
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### Randomly generated binary search trees case comparison

Although not an assignment, just out of curiosity; I am trying to compare a two cases A scenario where I pick a tree out of the set of possible binary search trees on the keys $1,2,\ldots,n$, with ...
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### Is there a way to parallelise find and inserts for a binary search tree?

Background: I'm working on a data structure benchmark tool to benchmark insert and search time and I am trying to improve my own implementation of a BST to support parallelism. I have implemented a ...
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### Did I invent a new data structure?

I needed to implement a priority queue for a project I'm working on and had this idea. In a priority queue BST implementation wouldn't it be more efficient if the poll node pointed to its parent since ...
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### How does depths of nodes change after left-rotation in a BST (Exercise question from Cormen)

Let a,b,c be arbitrary nodes in the subtrees $\alpha$, $\beta$, $\gamma$, respectively, in the left tree of Figure 13.2 (that is given below). How do the depths of a,b,c change when a left rotation is ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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