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In this lecture, we're going to talk about trees.

Let's look at some example trees.

So here we have a sentence, "I ate the cake".

Now, we're going to look at a syntax tree for that,

which shows the structure of the sentence.

So it's similar to sentence diagramming that you may have done in grade school.

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So we have at the top of the tree, the S for

sentence and then children: a noun phrase and a verb phrase.

The child of the noun phrase is the word I from the sentence.

And the child of the verb phrase is a verb and noun phrase, where the verb is ate,

and the noun phrase is a determiner and a noun, the and cake.

So along the bottom of the tree, we have the words from the sentence,

"I ate the cake", and the rest of the tree reflects the structure of that sentence.

We can look here at a syntax tree for an expression 2sin(3z-7),

we can break that up into the structure.

So at the top level, we have a multiplication,

that's really the last thing that's done, multiplying the 2 and the sine.

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Within the sine, what we're applying the sine to is 3z-7,

so we have the minus that's happening last with a 7 and then this 3z, 3 times z.

So this shows again the structure of the expression and

the order in which you might evaluate it.

So from the bottom, you would first do 3 times z, and then you would subtract 7

from that, you'd apply the sine to that, and then you multiply that by 2.

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Trees are also used to reflect hierarchy.

So this reflects hierarchy of geography where we have at the left hand side

the top level of the hierarchy, the world.

And then below that,

entities in the world, United States, all sorts of other things, United Kingdom.

And then below that, various subcomponents of the geography.

So we've got, for the case of the United States, states, and

then within those states, cities.

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Another example of a hierarchy is the animal kingdom.

This is part of it where we've got animals, and then below that, different

types of animals, so invertebrates, reptiles, mammals, and so on.

And then within each of these, we have various subcategorizations.

So this shows this entire hierarchy.

We also use trees in computer science for code.

So in order to represent code, we will do that with an abstract syntax tree.

So our code here is a while loop.

While x is less than 0, x is x+2, f of x.

So we reflect that at the top, we have while, which is our while loop.

And the children of the while loop are the condition that needs to be met for

the while loop to continue and then the statement to execute.

So the condition is x less than 0, so comparison operation, the variable x and

the constant 0.

And then the statement to execute, well, it's actually multiple statements so

we have a block.

And in those blocks, we have two different statements, an assignment statement and

a procedure call.

The assignment statement, the left child is the variable we're assigning to,

which is x, and the right child is an expression, in this case, x+2.

The procedure call, the left child is the name of the procedure, and

subsequent children are the arguments to that procedure.

In our case, we just have one argument x.

Binary search tree is a very common type of a tree used in computer science.

The binary search tree is defined by the fact that it's binary, so

that means it has at most two children at each node.

And we have the property that at the root node,

the value of that root node is greater than or

equal to all of the nodes in the left child, and

it's less than the nodes in the right child.

So here less than or greater than, we're talking about alphabetically.

So Les is greater than Alex, Cathy, and Frank, but

is less than Nancy, Sam, Violet, Tony, and Wendy.

And then that same thing is true for every node in the tree has the same thing.

For instance, Violet is greater than or equal to Tony and

strictly less than Wendy.

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The binary search tree allows you to search quickly.

For instance, if we wanted to search in this tree for Tony, we could start at Les.

Notice that we are greater than Les, so therefore, we're going to go right.

We're greater than Sam so we'll go right.

We're less than Violet so we'll go left and then we find Tony.

And we do that in just four comparisons.

It's a lot like a binary search in a sorted array.

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So if we go back to our example here, Les is a node that

has the key Les and two child trees, the Cathy child tree and the Sam child tree.

The Cathy child tree is a node with a key Cathy and

two child trees, the Alex child tree and the Frank child tree.

Let's look at the Frank child tree.

It's a node with a key Frank and two, well, does it have any child trees?

No, it has no child trees.

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So let's look at some other examples.

An empty tree, well, we don't really have a good representation for that,

it's just empty.

A tree with one node is the Fred tree, and it has no children.

A tree with two nodes is a Fred with a single child Sally,

that in itself has no children.

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And here, the children of Fred are Kate, Sally, and Jim.

We are actually showing that with arrows, commonly, when you show trees,

you don't actually show the arrows.

We just assume that if a node is above another node,

that it's a parent of that node.

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The descendant is an inverse of the ancestor, so it's the child or

child of child and so on.

So the descendants of Fred are all of the other nodes since it's the root, Sam,

Hugh, Kate, Sally and Jim.

The descendants of Kate would just be Sam and Hugh.

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A leaf is a node that has no children.

So that's Sam, Hugh, Sally, and Jim.

An interior node are all nodes that aren't leaves.

So this is Kate and Fred.

Another way to describe it is all nodes that do have children.

A level: 1 plus the number of edges between the root and

a node, let's think about that.

Fred, how many edges are there between the root and the Fred node?

Well, since the Fred node is the root, there are no edges.

So its level would be 1.

Kate has one edge between Fred and Kate,

so its level would be 2, along with its siblings, Sally and Jim.

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The most common representation probably of trees, is really without the parent.

But it's possible to also have parent pointers, and that can be useful as a way

to traverse from anywhere in a tree to anywhere else by going up and then down,

following parent nodes and then child nodes.

On rare occasions,

you could have a tree that's represented just with parent pointers.

Okay, but that's unusual because a lot of times, kind of the way you get access

to a tree is via its root and you want to go down from there.

There are other less commonly used representations of trees as well,

we're not going to get into here.

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Since trees are recursively defined, it's very common to write

routines that operate on trees that are themselves recursive.

So for instance,

if we want to calculate the height of a tree, that is the height of a root node,

we can go ahead and recursively do that, going through the tree.

So we can say, for instance, if we have a nil tree, then its height is a 0.

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Otherwise, we're 1 plus the maximum of the left child tree and the right child tree.

So if we look at a leaf for example, that height would be 1 because the height

of the left child is nil, is 0, and the height of the nil right child is also 0.

So the max of that is 0, 1 plus 0.

We could also look at calculating the size of a tree that is the number of nodes.

Again, if we have a nil tree, we have zero nodes.

Otherwise, we have the number of nodes in the left child plus 1 for

ourselves plus the number of nodes in the right child.

So 1 plus the size of the left tree plus the size of the right tree.