# Questions tagged [trees]

Questions about a special kind of graphs, namely connected and cycle-free ones.

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### Longest path in an undirected tree with only one traversal

There is this standard algorithm for finding longest path in undirected trees using two depth-first searches: Start DFS from a random vertex $v$ and find the farthest vertex from it; say it is $v'$. ...
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### BIT: What is the intuition behind a binary indexed tree and how was it thought about?

A binary indexed tree has very less or relatively no literature as compared to other data structures. The only place where it is taught is the topcoder tutorial. Although the tutorial is complete in ...
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### Algorithm to find diameter of a tree using BFS/DFS. Why does it work?

This link provides an algorithm for finding the diameter of an undirected tree using BFS/DFS. Summarizing: Run BFS on any node s in the graph, remembering the node u discovered last. Run BFS from u ...
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### Expected distance between tree nodes

I have been given a tree with n nodes and n-1 edges with it's weight. There are two people A and B. I have been given a list of nodes of size k. A will pick a random node x from this list and B will ...
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### Number of Different AVL Tree

I studying the related question. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/13500560/number-of-ways-to-create-an-avl-tree-with-n-nodes-and-l-leaf-node but it's not so general. In-fact, We want to know ...
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### How to query and update ranges of arrays?

I have an array of size $N$ $(N \leq 10^5)$. I need to perform two types of operations on the array. Decrease elements in range $[L,R]$ by $X$. Count the number of negative elements in range $[L,R]$. ...
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### What is the difference between radix trees and Patricia tries?

I am learning about radix trees (aka compressed tries) and Patricia tries, but I am finding conflicting information on whether or not they are actually the same. A radix tree can be obtained from a ...
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### Why is the minimum height of a binary tree $\log_2(n+1) - 1$?

In my Java class, we are learning about complexity of different types of collections. Soon we will be discussing binary trees, which I have been reading up on. The book states that the minimum height ...
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### Do Kruskal's and Prim's algorithms yield the same minimum spanning tree?

Assuming the edges are undirected, have unique weight, and no negative paths, do these algorithms produce the same Minimum Spanning Trees?
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### Edge exchange property of two Minimum Spanning Trees

Given an undirected graph G with weight on its edges and 2 different minimal spanning trees(MSTs): T, T' Then I want to prove ...
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### Minimum cost of "signal" cover in a tree with DP

I'm given a (not necessarily binary) tree. Now every node can have a signal with range $i$, reaching all nodes being at most $i$ edges away. The cost of a signal is determined by a function $f(n, i)$ ...
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### Correctness-Proof of a greedy-algorithm for minimum vertex cover of a tree

There is a greedy algorithm for finding minimum vertex cover of a tree which uses DFS traversal. For each leaf of the tree, select its parent (i.e. its parent is in minimum vertex cover). For each ...
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### What are the applications of Rose trees?

I recently found out about the Rose tree data structure, but just going off of a Haskell data definition and the tiny Wikipedia description of it, I've got some ...
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### Generate random labeled tree with constrained edge lengths

Let $T$ be a labeled tree with vertices $V = \{1, \dots, n\}$ and edges $E$. Define the length of an edge $e = \{ u, v \}, u \in V, v \in V$ to be $l(e) = |u - v|$, i.e. the distance between the nodes ...
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### Is the height of the tree the number of edges or number of nodes?

I'm so confused by some of the theorems online about tree heights. Does tree height mean the number of edges or nodes? if nodes, does it include the node it is counting from? Can the height of a tree ...
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### Minimal Steiner Tree in unweighted directed graph

I have an unweighted directed graph $(V, E)$ and a subset $T \subseteq V$ of these vertices. I want to find the minimum tree $(V',E')$ that contains all these $T$ vertices (minimize in number of nodes ...
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### how is data in a tree stored in memory?

I am not so familiar with trees. How is a tree stored in memory? what is the data structure type used for storing it? As a string?linked list? stack (!)? Or is there some kind of data storage model ...
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### Minimum-weight shortest-path tree

How can we compute the shortest-path tree of minimum total weight for a given connected graph? I am using Dijkstra's algorithm to find the shortest-path tree, but there may exist more than one ...
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### MST with half the edges the maximum weight

I have been cracking my head over the following question - You are given an undirected connected graph with an even number of edges. Half of the edges have weight less than C (possibly with ...
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### Counting trees (order matters)

As a follow up to this question (the number of rooted binary trees of size n), how many possible binary trees can you have if the nodes are now labeled, so that abc is different than bac cab etc ? In ...
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### Minimally extend a tree such that there are no bridges in the new graph

We are given an undirected tree on which we should add the minimum number of edges such that there are no bridges in the new graph. An edge $e$ is a bridge if the graph with that edge removed is no ...
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### Find node that splits tree in half

Given a tree $T = (V , F)$, find an algorithm which finds $u \in V$, so in the graph $T = (V \setminus \{u\} , F)$ the size of each connected component is $\lceil |V| / 2 \rceil$ at most. What is the ...
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### How to make efficient path minimum queries in a tree?

Given a tree in which each node has a given value, I want to process "Path Minimum Queries": given two nodes, what is the minimal value of any node on the shortest path between them? My ...
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### Facility location on a tree

Question: Given a tree representing a neighbourhood where each node is a house. Assign an antenna to each node such that the whole tree is covered. An antenna of strength 0 can only ...
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### Finding the minimum number of calls in a tree

I was asked this question in an interview and struggled to answer it correctly in the time allotted. Nonetheless, I thought it was an interesting problem, and I hadn't seen it before. Suppose you ...
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### How to read off the set represented by a van-Emde-Boas tree?

I'm reviewing my background in Algorithms and DS design. Specifically I never went through the van Emde Boas Tree. Though I can undestand the proto-vEB with related picture. I'm struggling to ...
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### Finding the shortest path for synchronized pawns in a maze

I have been trying to wrap my head around this problem, and I just can't get it. We have an $a \times b$ matrix where every cell corresponds to either an empty space, denoted with a dot, or a wall, ...
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### Queries on Tree

We have a tree with $N$ nodes. $N \le 10^5.$ Each node has a value $V$ associated with it. Now we have $Q$ $(\le 10^5)$ queries. There are two types of queries: Q X Y: in this type of query we have ...
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### How does insertion work in an AVL tree?

From the above image, while trying to maintain an AVL tree data structure, how would the tree look after inserting the value 10? Also, if anyone has any suggestions or simple method of rotating, feel ...
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### Prove that there is a sequence of k minimum spaning trees between two distinct minimum spanning trees that each one is different in only 1 edge [duplicate]

I'm pracitcing exams towards finals, Given an undirected graph $G(V,E)$ , we denote 2 MST $T,T'$ neighbours if by deleting one edge from $T$ and add another one we get $T'$. Prove : for every 2 ...
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### Correctness proof for finding weighted maximum independent set for a tree

The maximum weighted independent set for a tree can found out using the following dynamic programming approach. Min[u] = wt(u) + Σ Mout[v] where v ∈ children(u) Mout[u] = Σ max { Min[v], Mout[v] } ...
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### Connecting an unconnected forest of subtrees in a graph?

If I have a weighted graph $G=(V,E)$ and three subgraphs $T_1$, $T_2$ and $T_3$ in $G$ which are trees and all unconnected from each other. What is the best way to connect these three trees such that ...
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### Using the random forest algorithm to predict vectors [duplicate]

I know this might sound like a newbie question, but bear with me. I have read a paper where researchers use a random forest to predict species distribution, but in their study, they only predict a ...
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### Prove that given a number we can find whether there're 2 elements in a red/black tree that their sum equals that number in $\Theta(n)$ time

Prove that given a number we can find whether there're 2 elements in a red/black tree that their sum equals that number in $\Theta(n)$ time and constant space. The original problem appears here, ...
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### What is the name of this function of a tree?

I've written a recursive function of a tree, and I would like to know what it's called! It's not quite the same as the height or the width of a tree, but it seems kind of like a width. Assuming the ...
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### Distance queries on Tree with hotspots

We are given a tree with $n$ vertices and some of the vertices act as a "hotspot". We have to answer multiple queries of type $(a,b,c)$, which means we have to find the distance to the nearest ...
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### Remove range of keys from Binary Search Tree in O(s+h)

I have a binary search tree with integer keys. I have to remove a range (m, n]eZ of keys from the BST in O(s + h) where s is the number of keys to remove and h is the height of the tree. Attempted ...
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### bellman ford and one surprizing fact

I ran into a very surprising local contest problem. after finishing bellman ford algorithm, if we continue to updating distance and distance of one vertex v being updated, then v is on negative cycle....
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### How do you find the height of the recurrence tree $T(n,k)=T(\frac{n}{2},k)+T(n,\frac{k}{4})+nk$

I try to find tree height such that first i define: $H(n,k)=H(\frac{n}{2},k)+H(n,\frac{k}{4})+1$ then find height of left branch of tree=logn & right branch of tree=logk,but now why height of tree ...
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### Efficiently enumerating all "good" strings given the ability to say whether a partial specification can be good

Suppose that I want to enumerate all English language words of length 5. If I've got nothing more than a check of whether an arbitrary string is an English word, I have to do 5^26 calculations. ...
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### Conceptualizing a balance in a DFS traversal [closed]

I'm trying to use the concept of DFS traversal to go through a cycle, and attempt to get a balance of 0 in the end. Each student either owes or is owed some money, so I'm trying to go through all of ...
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### Best way to merge 2 max heaps into a min heap

Assume we have 2 max heaps, each with n nodes. We want to merge these 2 heaps and build a min heap. What is the best way to do this? The easiest way is to consider 2 max heaps an array with $2n$ ...
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### Why not use large $k$ in a $k$-ary tree?

Obviously binary trees are great because of $O(\log_2 n)$ search, inserts, and deletes in best case. To "maximize" occurrence of best case, we can use self-balancing trees like red-black trees, AVLs, ...
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### Why the update low value in Tarjan's for the ancestors is not it's low value instead of it's discovery value? [closed]

In Tarjan's algorithm for finding SCC/AP/Bridges, we update the value of the low[u] to be the min ( low[u], desc[v] ) given that v is a neighbor and has been discovered before, why it's not like this ...
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### Given a tree find path that maximizes the median of the costs of edges

We have given tree with $N$ nodes and $N-1$ edges, such that each edges is assigned positive weight. We need to find path of length between $L$ and $R$ inclusively, with maximum cost. Cost of a path ...
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### Calculating maximum number of splits that can occur during insertion of $n$ keys in B Tree of order $m$

I can calculate this by trying out manually inserting $n$ keys in $m$ order B Tree as follows: Assume median to be selected for split be left biased. That is $m/2$. For example, if $m=4$, then a ...
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