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  • Last Updated : 15 Jul, 2022
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Write a function to connect all the adjacent nodes at the same level in a binary tree.

Example: 

Input Tree
       A
      / \
     B   C
    / \   \
   D   E   F


Output Tree
       A--->NULL
      / \
     B-->C-->NULL
    / \   \
   D-->E-->F-->NULL

We have already discussed O(n^2) time and O approach in Connect nodes at same level as morris traversal in worst case can be O(n) and calling it to set right pointer can result in O(n^2) time complexity.

In this post, We have discussed Level Order Traversal with NULL markers which are needed to mark levels in tree. 

Implementation:

C++




// Connect nodes at same level using level order
// traversal.
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
 
struct Node {
    int data;
    struct Node* left, *right, *nextRight;
};
 
// Sets nextRight of all nodes of a tree
void connect(struct Node* root)
{
    queue<Node*> q;
    q.push(root);
 
    // null marker to represent end of current level
    q.push(NULL);
 
    // Do Level order of tree using NULL markers
    while (!q.empty()) {
        Node *p = q.front();
        q.pop();
        if (p != NULL) {
 
            // next element in queue represents next
            // node at current Level
            p->nextRight = q.front();
 
            // push left and right children of current
            // node
            if (p->left)
                q.push(p->left);
            if (p->right)
                q.push(p->right);
        }
        
        // if queue is not empty, push NULL to mark
        // nodes at this level are visited
        else if (!q.empty())
            q.push(NULL);
    }
}
 
/* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
/* Helper function that allocates a new node with the
   given data and NULL left and right pointers. */
struct Node* newnode(int data)
{
    struct Node* node = (struct Node*)
                         malloc(sizeof(struct Node));
    node->data = data;
    node->left = node->right = node->nextRight = NULL;
    return (node);
}
 
/* Driver program to test above functions*/
int main()
{
 
    /* Constructed binary tree is
              10
            /   \
          8      2
        /         \
      3            90
    */
    struct Node* root = newnode(10);
    root->left = newnode(8);
    root->right = newnode(2);
    root->left->left = newnode(3);
    root->right->right = newnode(90);
 
    // Populates nextRight pointer in all nodes
    connect(root);
 
    // Let us check the values of nextRight pointers
    printf("Following are populated nextRight pointers in \n"
     "the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight) \n");
    printf("nextRight of %d is %d \n", root->data,
     root->nextRight ? root->nextRight->data : -1);
    printf("nextRight of %d is %d \n", root->left->data,
     root->left->nextRight ? root->left->nextRight->data : -1);
    printf("nextRight of %d is %d \n", root->right->data,
     root->right->nextRight ? root->right->nextRight->data : -1);
    printf("nextRight of %d is %d \n", root->left->left->data,
     root->left->left->nextRight ? root->left->left->nextRight->data : -1);
    printf("nextRight of %d is %d \n", root->right->right->data,
     root->right->right->nextRight ? root->right->right->nextRight->data : -1);
    return 0;
}

Java




// Connect nodes at same level using level order
// traversal.
import java.util.LinkedList;
import java.util.Queue;
public class Connect_node_same_level {
     
    // Node class
    static class Node {
        int data;
        Node left, right, nextRight;
        Node(int data){
            this.data = data;
            left = null;
            right = null;
            nextRight = null;
        }
    };
      
    // Sets nextRight of all nodes of a tree
    static void connect(Node root)
    {
        Queue<Node> q = new LinkedList<Node>();
        q.add(root);
      
        // null marker to represent end of current level
        q.add(null);
      
        // Do Level order of tree using NULL markers
        while (!q.isEmpty()) {
            Node p = q.peek();
            q.remove();
            if (p != null) {
      
                // next element in queue represents next
                // node at current Level
                p.nextRight = q.peek();
      
                // push left and right children of current
                // node
                if (p.left != null)
                    q.add(p.left);
                if (p.right != null)
                    q.add(p.right);
            }
             
            // if queue is not empty, push NULL to mark
            // nodes at this level are visited
            else if (!q.isEmpty())
                q.add(null);
        }
    }
      
    /* Driver program to test above functions*/
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
      
        /* Constructed binary tree is
                  10
                /   \
              8      2
            /         \
          3            90
        */
        Node root = new Node(10);
        root.left = new Node(8);
        root.right = new Node(2);
        root.left.left = new Node(3);
        root.right.right = new Node(90);
      
        // Populates nextRight pointer in all nodes
        connect(root);
      
        // Let us check the values of nextRight pointers
        System.out.println("Following are populated nextRight pointers in \n" +
      "the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight)");
        System.out.println("nextRight of "+ root.data +" is "+
        ((root.nextRight != null) ? root.nextRight.data : -1));
        System.out.println("nextRight of "+ root.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.nextRight.data : -1));
        System.out.println("nextRight of "+ root.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.nextRight.data : -1));
        System.out.println("nextRight of "+  root.left.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.left.nextRight.data : -1));
        System.out.println("nextRight of "+  root.right.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.right.nextRight.data : -1));
    }
}   
// This code is contributed by Sumit Ghosh

Python3




#! /usr/bin/env python3
 
# connect nodes at same level using level order traversal
import sys
 
 
class Node:
    def __init__(self, data):
        self.data = data
        self.left = None
        self.right = None
        self.nextRight = None
 
    def __str__(self):
        return '{}'.format(self.data)
 
 
def printLevelByLevel(root):
    # print level by level
    if root:
        node = root
        while node:
            print('{}'.format(node.data), end=' ')
            node = node.nextRight
        print()
        if root.left:
            printLevelByLevel(root.left)
        else:
            printLevelByLevel(root.right)
 
 
def inorder(root):
    if root:
        inorder(root.left)
        print(root.data, end=' ')
        inorder(root.right)
 
 
def connect(root):
    # set nextRight of all nodes of a tree
    queue = []
    queue.append(root)
    # null marker to represent end of current level
    queue.append(None)
    # do level order of tree using None markers
    while queue:
        p = queue.pop(0)
        if p:
            # next element in queue represents
            # next node at current level
            p.nextRight = queue[0]
            # pus left and right children of current node
            if p.left:
                queue.append(p.left)
            if p.right:
                queue.append(p.right)
        else if queue:
            queue.append(None)
 
 
def main():
    """Driver program to test above functions.
        Constructed binary tree is
                10
               /  \
             8      2
            /        \
          3            90
    """
 
    root = Node(10)
    root.left = Node(8)
    root.right = Node(2)
    root.left.left = Node(3)
    root.right.right = Node(90)
 
    # Populates nextRight pointer in all nodes
    connect(root)
 
    # Let us check the values of nextRight pointers
    print("Following are populated nextRight pointers in \n"
    "the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight) \n")
    if(root.nextRight != None):
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.data,root.nextRight.data))
    else:
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.data,-1))
    if(root.left.nextRight != None):
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.left.data,root.left.nextRight.data))
    else:
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.left.data,-1))
    if(root.right.nextRight != None):
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.right.data,root.right.nextRight.data))
    else:
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.right.data,-1))
    if(root.left.left.nextRight != None):
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.left.left.data,root.left.left.nextRight.data))
    else:
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.left.left.data,-1))
    if(root.right.right.nextRight != None):
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.right.right.data,root.right.right.nextRight.data))
    else:
        print("nextRight of %d is %d \n" %(root.right.right.data,-1))
         
    print()
 
 
if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()
 
# This code is contributed by Ram Basnet

C#




// Connect nodes at same level using level order
// traversal.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
 
public class Connect_node_same_level
{
     
    // Node class
    class Node
    {
        public int data;
        public Node left, right, nextRight;
        public Node(int data)
        {
            this.data = data;
            left = null;
            right = null;
            nextRight = null;
        }
    };
     
    // Sets nextRight of all nodes of a tree
    static void connect(Node root)
    {
        Queue<Node> q = new Queue<Node>();
        q.Enqueue(root);
     
        // null marker to represent end of current level
        q.Enqueue(null);
     
        // Do Level order of tree using NULL markers
        while (q.Count!=0)
        {
            Node p = q.Peek();
            q.Dequeue();
            if (p != null)
            {
     
                // next element in queue represents next
                // node at current Level
                p.nextRight = q.Peek();
     
                // push left and right children of current
                // node
                if (p.left != null)
                    q.Enqueue(p.left);
                if (p.right != null)
                    q.Enqueue(p.right);
            }
             
            // if queue is not empty, push NULL to mark
            // nodes at this level are visited
            else if (q.Count!=0)
                q.Enqueue(null);
        }
    }
     
    /* Driver code*/
    public static void Main()
    {
     
        /* Constructed binary tree is
                10
                / \
            8 2
            /     \
        3     90
        */
        Node root = new Node(10);
        root.left = new Node(8);
        root.right = new Node(2);
        root.left.left = new Node(3);
        root.right.right = new Node(90);
     
        // Populates nextRight pointer in all nodes
        connect(root);
     
        // Let us check the values of nextRight pointers
        Console.WriteLine("Following are populated nextRight pointers in \n" +
    "the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight)");
        Console.WriteLine("nextRight of "+ root.data +" is "+
        ((root.nextRight != null) ? root.nextRight.data : -1));
        Console.WriteLine("nextRight of "+ root.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.nextRight.data : -1));
        Console.WriteLine("nextRight of "+ root.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.nextRight.data : -1));
        Console.WriteLine("nextRight of "+ root.left.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.left.nextRight.data : -1));
        Console.WriteLine("nextRight of "+ root.right.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.right.nextRight.data : -1));
    }
}
 
/* This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji*/

Javascript




<script>
    // Connect nodes at same level using level order traversal.
     
    // A Binary Tree Node
    class Node
    {
        constructor(data, nextRight) {
           this.left = null;
           this.right = null;
           this.data = data;
           this.nextRight = nextRight;
        }
    }
     
    // Sets nextRight of all nodes of a tree
    function connect(root)
    {
        let q = [];
        q.push(root);
        
        // null marker to represent end of current level
        q.push(null);
        
        // Do Level order of tree using NULL markers
        while (q.length > 0) {
            let p = q[0];
            q.shift();
            if (p != null) {
        
                // next element in queue represents next
                // node at current Level
                p.nextRight = q[0];
        
                // push left and right children of current
                // node
                if (p.left != null)
                    q.push(p.left);
                if (p.right != null)
                    q.push(p.right);
            }
               
            // if queue is not empty, push NULL to mark
            // nodes at this level are visited
            else if (q.length > 0)
                q.push(null);
        }
    }
     
    /* Constructed binary tree is
                  10
                /   \
              8      2
            /         \
          3            90
        */
        let root = new Node(10);
        root.left = new Node(8);
        root.right = new Node(2);
        root.left.left = new Node(3);
        root.right.right = new Node(90);
        
        // Populates nextRight pointer in all nodes
        connect(root);
        
        // Let us check the values of nextRight pointers
        document.write("Following are populated nextRight pointers in " + "</br>" +
      "the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight)" + "</br>");
        document.write("nextRight of "+ root.data +" is "+
        ((root.nextRight != null) ? root.nextRight.data : -1) + "</br>");
        document.write("nextRight of "+ root.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.nextRight.data : -1) + "</br>");
        document.write("nextRight of "+ root.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.nextRight.data : -1) + "</br>");
        document.write("nextRight of "+  root.left.left.data+" is "+
        ((root.left.left.nextRight != null) ? root.left.left.nextRight.data : -1) + "</br>");
        document.write("nextRight of "+  root.right.right.data+" is "+
        ((root.right.right.nextRight != null) ? root.right.right.nextRight.data : -1) + "</br>");
 
// This code is contributed by divyesh072019.
</script>

Output

Following are populated nextRight pointers in 
the tree (-1 is printed if there is no nextRight) 
nextRight of 10 is -1 
nextRight of 8 is 2 
nextRight of 2 is -1 
nextRight of 3 is 90 
nextRight of 90 is -1 

Time complexity: O(n) where n is the number of nodes
Auxiliary Space: O(n) for queue 

Alternate Implementation: 

We can also follow the implementation discussed in Print level order traversal line by line | Set 1. We keep connecting nodes of same level by keeping track of previous visited node of same level. 

Implementation : https://ide.geeksforgeeks.org/gV1Oc2

Thanks to Akilan Sengottaiyan for suggesting this alternate implementation.

This article is contributed by Abhishek Rajput. If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article using write.geeksforgeeks.org or mail your article to review-team@geeksforgeeks.org. See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks. 


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