Given a binary tree, we need to check it has heap property or not, Binary tree need to fulfill the following two conditions for being a heap –
- It should be a complete tree (i.e. all levels except last should be full).
- Every node’s value should be greater than or equal to its child node (considering max-heap).
For example this tree contains heap property –
While this doesn’t –
We check each of the above condition separately, for checking completeness isComplete and for checking heap isHeapUtil function are written.
Detail about isComplete function can be found here.
isHeapUtil function is written considering the following things –
- Every Node can have 2 children, 0 child (last level nodes) or 1 child (there can be at most one such node).
- If Node has No child then it’s a leaf node and returns true (Base case)
- If Node has one child (it must be left child because it is a complete tree) then we need to compare this node with its single child only.
- If the Node has both child then check heap property at Node at recur for both subtrees.
Given binary tree is a Heap
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