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Fundamentals of Python:From First Programs Through Data Structures

Chapter 18

Hierarchical Collections: Trees

After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

- Describe the difference between trees and other types of collections using the relevant terminology
- Recognize applications for which general trees and binary trees are appropriate
- Describe the behavior and use of specialized trees, such as heaps, BSTs, and expression trees
- Analyze the performance of operations on binary search trees and heaps
- Develop recursive algorithms to process trees

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- In a tree, the ideas of predecessor and successor are replaced with those of parent and child
- Trees have two main characteristics:
- Each item can have multiple children
- All items, except a privileged item called the root, have exactly one parent

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Tree Terminology (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Tree Terminology (continued)

Note: The height of a tree containing one node is 0

By convention, the height of an empty tree is –1

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- In a binary tree, each node has at most two children:
- The left child and the right child

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- A general tree is either empty or consists of a finite set of nodes T
- Node r is called the root
- The set T – {r} is partitioned into disjoint subsets, each of which is a general tree

- A binary tree is either empty or consists of a root plus a left subtree and a right subtree, each of which are binary trees

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- A parse tree describes the syntactic structure of a particular sentence in terms of its component parts

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- File system structures are also tree-like

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Sorted collections can also be represented as tree-like structures
- Called a binary search tree, or BST for short
- Can support logarithmic searches and insertions

- Called a binary search tree, or BST for short

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

A full binary tree contains the maximum number of nodes for a given

height H

N nodes

Height: N – 1

- The shape of a binary tree can be described more formally by specifying the relationship between its height and the number of nodes contained in it

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- The number of nodes, N, contained in a full binary tree of height H is 2H+ 1 – 1
- The height, H, of a full binary tree with N nodes is log2(N + 1) – 1
- The maximum amount of work that it takes to access a given node in a full binary tree is O(log N)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- In this section, we introduce three special uses of binary trees that impose an ordering on their data:
- Heaps
- Binary search trees
- Expression trees

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- In a min-heap each node is ≤ to both of its children
- A max-heap places larger nodes nearer to the root
- Heap property: Constraint on the order of nodes
- Heap sort builds a heap from data and repeatedly removes the root item and adds it to the end of a list
- Heaps are also used to implement priority queues

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- A BST imposes a sorted ordering on its nodes
- Nodes in left subtree of a node are < node
- Nodes in right subtree of a node are > node

- When shape approaches that of a perfectly balanced binary tree, searches and insertions are O(log n) in the worst case
- Not all BSTs are perfectly balanced
- In worst case, they become linear and support linear searches

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Another way to process expressions is to build a parse tree during parsing
- Expression tree

- An expression tree is never empty
- An interior node represents a compound expression, consisting of an operator and its operands
- Each leaf node represents a numeric operand
- Operands of higher precedence usually appear near bottom of tree, unless overridden in source expression by parentheses

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Four standard types of traversals for binary trees:
- Preorder traversal: Visits root node, and then traverses left subtree and right subtree in similar way
- Inorder traversal: Traverses left subtree, visits root node, and traverses right subtree
- Appropriate for visiting items in a BST in sorted order

- Postorder traversal: Traverses left subtree, traverses right subtree, and visits root node
- Level order traversal: Beginning with level 0, visits the nodes at each level in left-to-right order

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Binary Tree Traversals (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Binary Tree Traversals (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Binary Tree Traversals (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Binary Tree Traversals (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Provides many common operations required for building more specialized types of trees
- Should support basic operations for creating trees, determining if a tree is empty, and traversing a tree
- Remaining operations focus on accessing, replacing, or removing the component parts of a nonempty binary tree—its root, left subtree, and right subtree

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

The Interface for a Binary Tree ADT (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Many algorithms for processing binary trees follow the trees’ recursive structure
- Programmers are occasionally interested in the frontier, or set of leaf nodes, of a tree
- Example: Frontier of parse tree for English sentence shown earlier contains the words in the sentence

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- frontierexpects a binary tree and returns a list
- Two base cases:
- Tree is empty return an empty list
- Tree is a leaf node return a list containing root item

- Two base cases:

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Implementing a Binary Tree (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Implementing a Binary Tree (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- __str__can be implemented with any of the traversals

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- A BST imposes a special ordering on the nodes in a binary tree, so as to support logarithmic searches and insertions
- In this section, we use the binary tree ADT to develop a binary search tree, and assess its performance

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- The interface for a BST should include a constructor and basic methods to test a tree for emptiness, determine the number of items, add an item, remove an item, and search for an item
- Another useful method is __iter__, which allows users to traverse the items in BST with a forloop

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

…

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- findreturns the first matching item if the target item is in the tree; otherwise, it returns None
- We can use a recursive strategy

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- addinserts an item in its proper place in the BST
- Item’s proper place will be in one of three positions:
- The root node, if the tree is already empty
- A node in the current node’s left subtree, if new item is less than item in current node
- A node in the current node’s right subtree, if new item is greater than or equal to item in current node

- For options 2 and 3, adduses a recursive helper function named addHelper
- In all cases, an item is added as a leaf node

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Save a reference to root node
- Locate node to be removed, its parent, and its parent’s reference to this node
- If item is not in tree, return None
- Otherwise, if node has a left and right child, replace node’s value with largest value in left subtree and delete that value’s node from left subtree
- Otherwise, set parent’s reference to node to node’s only child

- Reset root node to saved reference
- Decrement size and return item

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Fourth step is fairly complex: Can be factored out into a helper function, which takes node to be deleted as a parameter (node containing item to be removed is referred to as the top node):
- Search top node’s left subtree for node containing the largest item (rightmost node of the subtree)
- Replace top node’s value with the item
- If top node’s left child contained the largest item, set top node’s left child to its left child’s left child
- Otherwise, set parent node’s right child to that right child’s left child

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- BSTs are set up with intent of replicating O(log n) behavior for the binary search of a sorted list
- A BST can also provide fast insertions
- Optimal behavior depends on height of tree
- A perfectly balanced tree supports logarithmic searches
- Worst case (items are inserted in sorted order): tree’s height is linear, as is its search behavior

- Insertions in random order result in a tree with close-to-optimal search behavior

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Request:
- Write a program that uses an expression tree to evaluate expressions or convert them to alternative forms

- Analysis:
- Like the parser developed in Chapter 17, current program parses an input expression and prints syntax error messages if errors occur
- If expression is syntactically correct, program prints its value and its prefix, infix, and postfix representations

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Design and Implementation of the Node Classes:

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Design and Implementation of the Parser Class:
- Easiest to build an expression tree with a parser that uses a recursive descent strategy
- Borrow parser from Chapter 17 and modify it

- parseshould now return an expression tree to its caller, which uses that tree to obtain information about the expression
- factorprocesses either a number or an expression nested in parentheses
- Calls expressionto parse nested expressions

- Easiest to build an expression tree with a parser that uses a recursive descent strategy

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Case Study: Parsing and Expression Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- An array-based implementation of a binary tree is difficult to define and practical only in some cases
- For complete binary trees, there is an elegant and efficient array-based representation
- Elements are stored by level

- The array representation of a binary tree is pretty rare and is used mainly to implement a heap

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

An Array Implementation of Binary Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

An Array Implementation of Binary Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

An Array Implementation of Binary Trees (continued)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- At most, log2n comparisons must be made to walk up the tree from the bottom, so add is O(log n)
- Method may trigger a doubling in the array size
- O(n), but amortized over all additions, it is O(1)

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- In Ch15, we implemented a priority queue with a sorted linked list; alternatively, we can use a heap

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Trees are hierarchical collections
- The topmost node in a tree is called its root
- In a general tree, each node below the root has at most one parent node, and zero child nodes
- Nodes without children are called leaves
- Nodes that have children are called interior nodes
- The root of a tree is at level 0

- In a binary tree, nodes have at most two children
- A complete binary tree fills each level of nodes before moving to next level; a full binary tree includes all the possible nodes at each level

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures

- Four standard types of tree traversals: Preorder, inorder, postorder, and level order
- Expression tree: Type of binary tree in which the interior nodes contain operators and the successor nodes contain their operands
- Binary search tree: Nonempty left subtree has data < datum in its parent node and a nonempty right subtree has data > datum in its parent node
- Logarithmic searches/insertions if close to complete

- Heap: Binary tree in which smaller data items are located near root

Fundamentals of Python: From First Programs Through Data Structures