LCA in a tree using Binary Lifting Technique

Given a binary tree, the task is to find the Lowest Common Ancestor of the given two nodes in the tree.
Let G be a tree then LCA of two nodes u and v is defined as the node w in the tree which is an ancestor of both u and v and is farthest from the root node.If one node is the ancestor of another one than that particular node is the LCA of those two nodes.

Example:

Input:

Output:
The LCA of 6 and 9 is 1.
The LCA of 5 and 9 is 1.
The LCA of 6 and 8 is 3.
The LCA of 6 and 1 is 1.

Approach: The article describes an approach known as Binary Lifting to find the Lowest Common Ancestor of two nodes in a tree. There can be many approaches to solve the LCA problem. We are discussing the Binary Lifting Technique, the others can be read from here and here.
Binary Lifting is a dynamic programming approach where we pre-compute an array memo[1, n][1, log(n)] where memo[i][j] contains 2^j-th ancestor of node i. For computing the values of memo[][], the following recursion may be used

memo[i][j] = parent[i] if j = 0 and
memo[i][j] = memo[memo[i][j – 1]][j – 1] if j > 0.



We first check whether a node is an ancestor of other or not and if one node is ancestor of other then it is the LCA of these two nodes otherwise we find a node which is not the common ancestor of both u and v and is highest(i.e. a node x such that x is not the common ancestor of u and v but memo[x][0] is) in the tree. After finding such a node (let it be x), we print the first ancestor of x i.e. memo[x][0] which will be the required LCA.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

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// CPP implementation of the approach
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Pre-processing to calculate values of memo[][]
void dfs(int u, int p, int **memo, int *lev, int log, vector<int> *g)
{
    // Using recursion formula to calculate
    // the values of memo[][]
    memo[u][0] = p;
    for (int i = 1; i <= log; i++)
        memo[u][i] = memo[memo[u][i - 1]][i - 1];
    for (int v : g[u])
    {
        if (v != p)
        {
            lev[v] = lev[u] + 1;
            dfs(v, u, memo, lev, log, g);
        }
    }
}
  
// Function to return the LCA of nodes u and v
int lca(int u, int v, int log, int *lev, int **memo)
{
    // The node which is present farthest
    // from the root node is taken as u
    // If v is farther from root node
    // then swap the two
    if (lev[u] < lev[v])
        swap(u, v);
  
    // Finding the ancestor of u
    // which is at same level as v
    for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--)
        if ((lev[u] - pow(2, i)) >= lev[v])
            u = memo[u][i];
  
    // If v is the ancestor of u
    // then v is the LCA of u and v
    if (u == v)
        return u;
  
    // Finding the node closest to the root which is
    // not the common ancestor of u and v i.e. a node
    // x such that x is not the common ancestor of u
    // and v but memo[x][0] is
    for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--)
    {
        if (memo[u][i] != memo[v][i])
        {
            u = memo[u][i];
            v = memo[v][i];
        }
    }
  
    // Returning the first ancestor
    // of above found node
    return memo[u][0];
}
  
// Driver Code
int main()
{
    // Number of nodes
    int n = 9;
  
    // vector to store tree
    vector<int> g[n + 1];
  
    int log = (int)ceil(log2(n));
    int **memo = new int *[n + 1];
    for (int i = 0; i < n + 1; i++)
        memo[i] = new int[log + 1];
  
    // Stores the level of each node
    int *lev = new int[n + 1];
  
    // Initialising memo values with -1
    for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++)
        memset(memo[i], -1, sizeof memo[i]);
  
    // Add edges
    g[1].push_back(2);
    g[2].push_back(1);
    g[1].push_back(3);
    g[3].push_back(1);
    g[1].push_back(4);
    g[4].push_back(1);
    g[2].push_back(5);
    g[5].push_back(2);
    g[3].push_back(6);
    g[6].push_back(3);
    g[3].push_back(7);
    g[7].push_back(3);
    g[3].push_back(8);
    g[8].push_back(3);
    g[4].push_back(9);
    g[9].push_back(4);
    dfs(1, 1, memo, lev, log, g);
    cout << "The LCA of 6 and 9 is " << lca(6, 9, log, lev, memo) << endl;
    cout << "The LCA of 5 and 9 is " << lca(5, 9, log, lev, memo) << endl;
    cout << "The LCA of 6 and 8 is " << lca(6, 8, log, lev, memo) << endl;
    cout << "The LCA of 6 and 1 is " << lca(6, 1, log, lev, memo) << endl;
  
    return 0;
}
  
// This code is contributed by
// sanjeev2552

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// Java implementation of the approach
import java.util.*;
public class GFG {
  
    // ArrayList to store tree
    static ArrayList<Integer> g[];
    static int memo[][], lev[], log;
  
    // Pre-processing to calculate values of memo[][]
    static void dfs(int u, int p)
    {
  
        // Using recursion formula to calculate
        // the values of memo[][]
        memo[u][0] = p;
        for (int i = 1; i <= log; i++)
            memo[u][i] = memo[memo[u][i - 1]][i - 1];
        for (int v : g[u]) {
            if (v != p) {
  
                // Calculating the level of each node
                lev[v] = lev[u] + 1;
                dfs(v, u);
            }
        }
    }
  
    // Function to return the LCA of nodes u and v
    static int lca(int u, int v)
    {
        // The node which is present farthest
        // from the root node is taken as u
        // If v is farther from root node
        // then swap the two
        if (lev[u] < lev[v]) {
            int temp = u;
            u = v;
            v = temp;
        }
  
        // Finding the ancestor of u
        // which is at same level as v
        for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--) {
            if ((lev[u] - (int)Math.pow(2, i)) >= lev[v])
                u = memo[u][i];
        }
  
        // If v is the ancestor of u
        // then v is the LCA of u and v
        if (u == v)
            return u;
  
        // Finding the node closest to the root which is
        // not the common ancestor of u and v i.e. a node
        // x such that x is not the common ancestor of u
        // and v but memo[x][0] is
        for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--) {
            if (memo[u][i] != memo[v][i]) {
                u = memo[u][i];
                v = memo[v][i];
            }
        }
  
        // Returning the first ancestor
        // of above found node
        return memo[u][0];
    }
  
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
  
        // Number of nodes
        int n = 9;
        g = new ArrayList[n + 1];
  
        // log(n) with base 2
        log = (int)Math.ceil(Math.log(n) / Math.log(2));
        memo = new int[n + 1][log + 1];
  
        // Stores the level of each node
        lev = new int[n + 1];
  
        // Initialising memo values with -1
        for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++)
            Arrays.fill(memo[i], -1);
        for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++)
            g[i] = new ArrayList<>();
  
        // Add edges
        g[1].add(2);
        g[2].add(1);
        g[1].add(3);
        g[3].add(1);
        g[1].add(4);
        g[4].add(1);
        g[2].add(5);
        g[5].add(2);
        g[3].add(6);
        g[6].add(3);
        g[3].add(7);
        g[7].add(3);
        g[3].add(8);
        g[8].add(3);
        g[4].add(9);
        g[9].add(4);
        dfs(1, 1);
        System.out.println("The LCA of 6 and 9 is " + lca(6, 9));
        System.out.println("The LCA of 5 and 9 is " + lca(5, 9));
        System.out.println("The LCA of 6 and 8 is " + lca(6, 8));
        System.out.println("The LCA of 6 and 1 is " + lca(6, 1));
    }
}

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// C# implementation of the approach 
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
  
class GFG
  
    // List to store tree 
    static List<int> []g; 
    static int [,]memo;
    static int []lev;
    static int log; 
  
    // Pre-processing to calculate 
    // values of memo[,] 
    static void dfs(int u, int p) 
    
  
        // Using recursion formula to 
        // calculate the values of memo[,] 
        memo[u, 0] = p; 
        for (int i = 1; i <= log; i++) 
            memo[u, i] = memo[memo[u, i - 1], 
                                      i - 1]; 
        foreach (int v in g[u])
        
            if (v != p) 
            
  
                // Calculating the level of each node 
                lev[v] = lev[u] + 1; 
                dfs(v, u); 
            
        
    
  
    // Function to return the LCA of
    // nodes u and v 
    static int lca(int u, int v) 
    
        // The node which is present farthest 
        // from the root node is taken as u 
        // If v is farther from root node 
        // then swap the two 
        if (lev[u] < lev[v]) 
        
            int temp = u; 
            u = v; 
            v = temp; 
        
  
        // Finding the ancestor of u 
        // which is at same level as v 
        for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--) 
        
            if ((lev[u] - (int)Math.Pow(2, i)) >= lev[v]) 
                u = memo[u, i]; 
        
  
        // If v is the ancestor of u 
        // then v is the LCA of u and v 
        if (u == v) 
            return u; 
  
        // Finding the node closest to the root 
        // which is not the common ancestor of 
        // u and v i.e. a node x such that 
        // x is not the common ancestor of u 
        // and v but memo[x,0] is 
        for (int i = log; i >= 0; i--)
        
            if (memo[u, i] != memo[v, i])
            
                u = memo[u, i]; 
                v = memo[v, i]; 
            
        
  
        // Returning the first ancestor 
        // of above found node 
        return memo[u, 0]; 
    
  
    // Driver code 
    public static void Main(String []args) 
    
  
        // Number of nodes 
        int n = 9; 
        g = new List<int>[n + 1]; 
  
        // log(n) with base 2 
        log = (int)Math.Ceiling(Math.Log(n) / Math.Log(2)); 
        memo = new int[n + 1, log + 1]; 
  
        // Stores the level of each node 
        lev = new int[n + 1]; 
  
        // Initialising memo values with -1 
        for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++) 
            for (int j = 0; j <= log; j++) 
                memo[i, j] = -1; 
        for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++) 
            g[i] = new List<int>(); 
  
        // Add edges 
        g[1].Add(2); 
        g[2].Add(1); 
        g[1].Add(3); 
        g[3].Add(1); 
        g[1].Add(4); 
        g[4].Add(1); 
        g[2].Add(5); 
        g[5].Add(2); 
        g[3].Add(6); 
        g[6].Add(3); 
        g[3].Add(7); 
        g[7].Add(3); 
        g[3].Add(8); 
        g[8].Add(3); 
        g[4].Add(9); 
        g[9].Add(4); 
        dfs(1, 1); 
        Console.WriteLine("The LCA of 6 and 9 is " +
                                         lca(6, 9)); 
        Console.WriteLine("The LCA of 5 and 9 is " +
                                         lca(5, 9)); 
        Console.WriteLine("The LCA of 6 and 8 is " +
                                         lca(6, 8)); 
        Console.WriteLine("The LCA of 6 and 1 is "
                                         lca(6, 1)); 
    
  
// This code is contributed by PrinciRaj1992

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Output:

The LCA of 6 and 9 is 1
The LCA of 5 and 9 is 1
The LCA of 6 and 8 is 3
The LCA of 6 and 1 is 1

Time Complexity: The time taken in pre-processing is O(NlogN) and every query takes O(logN) time. So the overall time complexity of the solution is O(NlogN).

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