Given a binary tree, print it vertically. The following example illustrates vertical order traversal.
1 / \ 2 3 / \ / \ 4 5 6 7 / \ 8 9 The output of print this tree vertically will be: 4 2 1 5 6 3 8 7 9
We have discussed a O(n2) solution in the previous post. In this post, an efficient solution based on the hash map is discussed. We need to check the Horizontal Distances from the root for all nodes. If two nodes have the same Horizontal Distance (HD), then they are on the same vertical line. The idea of HD is simple. HD for root is 0, a right edge (edge connecting to right subtree) is considered as +1 horizontal distance and a left edge is considered as -1 horizontal distance. For example, in the above tree, HD for Node 4 is at -2, HD for Node 2 is -1, HD for 5 and 6 is 0 and HD for node 7 is +2.
We can do preorder traversal of the given Binary Tree. While traversing the tree, we can recursively calculate HDs. We initially pass the horizontal distance as 0 for root. For left subtree, we pass the Horizontal Distance as Horizontal distance of root minus 1. For right subtree, we pass the Horizontal Distance as Horizontal Distance of root plus 1. For every HD value, we maintain a list of nodes in a hash map. Whenever we see a node in traversal, we go to the hash map entry and add the node to the hash map using HD as a key in a map.
Following is the C++ implementation of the above method. Thanks to Chirag for providing the below C++ implementation.
Vertical order traversal is 4 2 1 5 6 3 8 7 9
Time Complexity of hashing based solution can be considered as O(n) under the assumption that we have good hashing function that allows insertion and retrieval operations in O(1) time. In the above C++ implementation, map of STL is used. map in STL is typically implemented using a Self-Balancing Binary Search Tree where all operations take O(Logn) time. Therefore time complexity of the above implementation is O(nLogn).
Note that the above solution may print nodes in same vertical order as they appear in tree. For example, the above program prints 12 before 9. See this for a sample run.
1 / 2 3 / / 4 5 6 7 / 8 10 9 11 12
Refer below post for level order traversal based solution. The below post makes sure that nodes of a vertical line are printed in the same order as they appear in the tree.
Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.
GeeksforGeeks has prepared a complete interview preparation course with premium videos, theory, practice problems, TA support and many more features. Please refer Placement 100 for details
- Print a Binary Tree in Vertical Order | Set 3 (Using Level Order Traversal)
- Print a Binary Tree in Vertical Order | Set 1
- Find the kth node in vertical order traversal of a Binary Tree
- Print Binary Tree levels in sorted order | Set 3 (Tree given as array)
- Print updated levels of each node of a Complete Binary Tree based on difference in weights of subtrees
- Print Binary Tree levels in sorted order
- Print Binary Tree levels in sorted order | Set 2 (Using set)
- Print characters and their frequencies in order of occurrence using Binary Tree
- Print odd positioned nodes of odd levels in level order of the given binary tree
- Print even positioned nodes of even levels in level order of the given binary tree
- Print odd positioned nodes of even levels in level order of the given binary tree
- Print even positioned nodes of odd levels in level order of the given binary tree
- Print extreme nodes of each level of Binary Tree in alternate order
- Recursive Program to Print extreme nodes of each level of Binary Tree in alternate order
- Vertical Sum in a given Binary Tree | Set 1