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Reverse Level Order traversal in spiral form
  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 23 Aug, 2020

Given a binary tree, the task is to print the reverse level order in spiral form.

Examples:

Input: 
     1
   /  \
  2    3
 / \  / \
4   5 6  7
Output: 4 5 6 7 3 2 1

Input:
     5
   /   \
  6     4
 / \   / 
7   1 8
 \     \
  3     10
Output: 3 10 8 1 7 6 4 5

Approach: The idea is to traverse the tree in a Reverse Level Order manner but with a slight modification. We will use a variable flag and initially set it’s value to one. As we complete the reverse level order traversal of the tree, from left to right we will set the value of flag to zero, so that next time we traverse the Tree from right to left and as we complete the traversal we set it’s value back to one. We will repeat this whole step until we have traversed the Binary Tree completely.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

C++

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// C++ program to print reverse level order
// traversal of a binary tree in spiral form
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Binary tree Node
struct Node {
    struct Node* left;
    struct Node* right;
    int data;
  
    Node(int data)
    {
        this->data = data;
        this->left = NULL;
        this->right = NULL;
    }
};
  
// Recursive Function to find height
// of binary tree
int height(struct Node* root)
{
    if (root == NULL)
        return 0;
  
    // Compute the height of each subtree
    int lheight = height(root->left);
    int rheight = height(root->right);
  
    // Return the maximum of two
    return max(lheight + 1, rheight + 1);
}
  
// Function to Print Nodes from right to left
void rightToLeft(struct Node* root, int level)
{
    if (root == NULL)
        return;
  
    if (level == 1)
        cout << root->data << " ";
  
    else if (level > 1) {
        rightToLeft(root->right, level - 1);
        rightToLeft(root->left, level - 1);
    }
}
  
// Function to Print Nodes from left to right
void leftToRight(struct Node* root, int level)
{
    if (root == NULL)
        return;
  
    if (level == 1)
        cout << root->data << " ";
  
    else if (level > 1) {
        leftToRight(root->left, level - 1);
        leftToRight(root->right, level - 1);
    }
}
  
// Function to print Reverse level order traversal
// of a Binary tree in spiral form
void reverseSpiral(struct Node* root)
{
    // Flag is used to mark the change
    // in level
    int flag = 1;
  
    // Height of tree
    int h = height(root);
  
    for (int i = h; i >= 1; i--) {
  
        // If flag value is one print Nodes
        // from left to right
        if (flag == 1) {
            leftToRight(root, i);
  
            // Mark flag as zero so that next time
            // tree is traversed from right to left
            flag = 0;
        }
  
        // If flag is zero print Nodes
        // from right to left
        else if (flag == 0) {
            rightToLeft(root, i);
  
            // Mark flag as one so that next time
            // Nodes are printed from left to right
            flag = 1;
        }
    }
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    struct Node* root = new Node(5);
    root->left = new Node(9);
    root->right = new Node(3);
    root->left->left = new Node(6);
    root->right->right = new Node(4);
    root->left->left->left = new Node(8);
    root->left->left->right = new Node(7);
  
    reverseSpiral(root);
  
    return 0;
}

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// Java program to print reverse level order
// traversal of a binary tree in spiral form
class Solution {
  
    // Binary tree Node
    static class Node {
        Node left;
        Node right;
        int data;
  
        Node(int data)
        {
            this.data = data;
            this.left = null;
            this.right = null;
        }
    };
  
    // Recursive Function to find height
    // of binary tree
    static int height(Node root)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return 0;
  
        // Compute the height of each subtree
        int lheight = height(root.left);
        int rheight = height(root.right);
  
        // Return the maximum of two
        return Math.max(lheight + 1, rheight + 1);
    }
  
    // Function to Print Nodes from right to left
    static void rightToLeft(Node root, int level)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return;
  
        if (level == 1)
            System.out.print(root.data + " ");
  
        else if (level > 1) {
            rightToLeft(root.right, level - 1);
            rightToLeft(root.left, level - 1);
        }
    }
  
    // Function to Print Nodes from left to right
    static void leftToRight(Node root, int level)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return;
  
        if (level == 1)
            System.out.print(root.data + " ");
  
        else if (level > 1) {
            leftToRight(root.left, level - 1);
            leftToRight(root.right, level - 1);
        }
    }
  
    // Function to print Reverse level order traversal
    // of a Binary tree in spiral form
    static void reverseSpiral(Node root)
    {
        // Flag is used to mark the change
        // in level
        int flag = 1;
  
        // Height of tree
        int h = height(root);
  
        for (int i = h; i >= 1; i--) {
  
            // If flag value is one print Nodes
            // from left to right
            if (flag == 1) {
                leftToRight(root, i);
  
                // Mark flag as zero so that next time
                // tree is traversed from right to left
                flag = 0;
            }
  
            // If flag is zero print Nodes
            // from right to left
            else if (flag == 0) {
                rightToLeft(root, i);
  
                // Mark flag as one so that next time
                // Nodes are printed from left to right
                flag = 1;
            }
        }
    }
  
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        Node root = new Node(5);
        root.left = new Node(9);
        root.right = new Node(3);
        root.left.left = new Node(6);
        root.right.right = new Node(4);
        root.left.left.left = new Node(8);
        root.left.left.right = new Node(7);
  
        reverseSpiral(root);
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Arnab Kundu

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# Python3 program to prreverse level order 
# traversal of a binary tree in spiral form
  
class newNode: 
  
    # Construct to create a newNode 
    def __init__(self, key): 
        self.data = key 
        self.left = None
        self.right = None
  
# Recursive Function to find height 
# of binary tree 
def height(root):
  
    if (root == None):
        return 0
  
    # Compute the height of each subtree 
    lheight = height(root.left) 
    rheight = height(root.right) 
  
    # Return the maximum of two 
    return max(lheight + 1, rheight + 1
  
# Function to PrNodes from right to left 
def rightToLeft(root, level):
    if (root == None):
        return
  
    if (level == 1):
        print(root.data, end =" ")
  
    elif (level > 1):
        rightToLeft(root.right, level - 1
        rightToLeft(root.left, level - 1
      
# Function to PrNodes from left to right
def leftToRight(root, level):
    if (root == None):
        return
  
    if (level == 1) :
        print(root.data, end = " ")
  
    elif (level > 1):
        leftToRight(root.left, level - 1)
        leftToRight(root.right, level - 1
      
# Function to prReverse level order traversal 
# of a Binary tree in spiral form 
def reverseSpiral(root):
  
    # Flag is used to mark the 
    # change in level 
    flag = 1
  
    # Height of tree 
    h = height(root) 
  
    for i in range(h, 0, -1): 
  
        # If flag value is one prNodes 
        # from left to right 
        if (flag == 1):
            leftToRight(root, i) 
  
            # Mark flag as zero so that next time 
            # tree is traversed from right to left 
            flag = 0
          
        # If flag is zero prNodes 
        # from right to left 
        elif (flag == 0):
            rightToLeft(root, i) 
  
            # Mark flag as one so that next time 
            # Nodes are printed from left to right 
            flag = 1
      
# Driver Code
if __name__ == '__main__':
    root = newNode(5
    root.left = newNode(9
    root.right = newNode(3
    root.left.left = newNode(6
    root.right.right = newNode(4
    root.left.left.left = newNode(8
    root.left.left.right = newNode(7
  
    reverseSpiral(root) 
      
# This code is contributed 
# by SHUBHAMSINGH10

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// C# program to print reverse level order
// traversal of a binary tree in spiral form
using System;
  
class GFG {
  
    // Binary tree Node
    public class Node {
        public Node left;
        public Node right;
        public int data;
  
        public Node(int data)
        {
            this.data = data;
            this.left = null;
            this.right = null;
        }
    };
  
    // Recursive Function to find height
    // of binary tree
    static int height(Node root)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return 0;
  
        // Compute the height of each subtree
        int lheight = height(root.left);
        int rheight = height(root.right);
  
        // Return the maximum of two
        return Math.Max(lheight + 1, rheight + 1);
    }
  
    // Function to Print Nodes from right to left
    static void rightToLeft(Node root, int level)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return;
  
        if (level == 1)
            Console.Write(root.data + " ");
  
        else if (level > 1) {
            rightToLeft(root.right, level - 1);
            rightToLeft(root.left, level - 1);
        }
    }
  
    // Function to Print Nodes from left to right
    static void leftToRight(Node root, int level)
    {
        if (root == null)
            return;
  
        if (level == 1)
            Console.Write(root.data + " ");
  
        else if (level > 1) {
            leftToRight(root.left, level - 1);
            leftToRight(root.right, level - 1);
        }
    }
  
    // Function to print Reverse level order traversal
    // of a Binary tree in spiral form
    static void reverseSpiral(Node root)
    {
        // Flag is used to mark the change
        // in level
        int flag = 1;
  
        // Height of tree
        int h = height(root);
  
        for (int i = h; i >= 1; i--) {
  
            // If flag value is one print Nodes
            // from left to right
            if (flag == 1) {
                leftToRight(root, i);
  
                // Mark flag as zero so that next time
                // tree is traversed from right to left
                flag = 0;
            }
  
            // If flag is zero print Nodes
            // from right to left
            else if (flag == 0) {
                rightToLeft(root, i);
  
                // Mark flag as one so that next time
                // Nodes are printed from left to right
                flag = 1;
            }
        }
    }
  
    // Driver code
    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        Node root = new Node(5);
        root.left = new Node(9);
        root.right = new Node(3);
        root.left.left = new Node(6);
        root.right.right = new Node(4);
        root.left.left.left = new Node(8);
        root.left.left.right = new Node(7);
  
        reverseSpiral(root);
    }
}
  
/* This code is contributed by PrinciRaj1992 */

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Output:



8 7 4 6 9 3 5

Time Complexity Analysis : The best case time complexity of reverseSpiral() is O(n+n/2+n/4…) = O(n) in case of a perfect binary tree. And the worst case time complexity is O(n**2) [O((n)+(n-1)+(n-2)+…] in case of a skewed tree taken as input.

Iterative Implementation –
The above problem can be solved with the help of queue and stack. Just perform a normal spiral traversal, use stack to use reverse the elements alternatively. Below is the implementation of the same –

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#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
// Node structure
struct Node {
    int data;
    Node* left;
    Node* right;
    Node(int val)
    {
        data = val;
        left = right = NULL;
    }
};
  
// function to perform
// reversal spiral traversal
void reverseSpiral(Node* root)
{
    if (root == NULL) {
        return;
    }
    queue<Node*> q;
    stack<int> s;
    bool reverse = true;
    q.push(root);
    // iterate until queue is empty
    while (!q.empty()) {
        // calculate size of level
        int count = q.size();
  
        // iterate over level nodes
        for (int i = 0; i < count; i++) {
            Node* curr = q.front();
            q.pop();
            s.push(curr->data);
            if (reverse) {
                if (curr->right) {
                    q.push(curr->right);
                }
                if (curr->left) {
                    q.push(curr->left);
                }
            }
            else {
                if (curr->left) {
                    q.push(curr->left);
                }
                if (curr->right) {
                    q.push(curr->right);
                }
            }
        }
        reverse = !reverse;
    }
    // pop and print reversed nodes
    while (!s.empty()) {
        int curr = s.top();
        cout << curr << " ";
        s.pop();
    }
}
  
// Driver code
int main()
{
    Node* root = new Node(5);
    root->left = new Node(9);
    root->right = new Node(3);
    root->left->left = new Node(6);
    root->left->right = new Node(4);
    root->left->left->left = new Node(8);
    root->left->left->right = new Node(7);
    reverseSpiral(root);
    return 0;
}

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Output:

8 7 4 6 9 3 5

Improved by :HarendraSingh22

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