Held Monday, November 29, 1999
Today, we conclude our discussion on trees by considering the
ways in which one might iterate the elements of a tree. We may
also consider some alternate designs of trees.
- Are there any questions on exam 3?
- In A:
- You should design, document, and implement a reasonable
comparison metric for lists.
- You are not allowed to change the iterated list interface.
- You should not use the
Node class explicitly.
- Remember that the due date is a week from today.
- Because of the delayed deadline, we probably won't discuss the exam
- If you expect
to need an extension, talk to me immediately after class today,
and have a very good reason.
- I'll distribute the final after I grade the exam (I hope to
distribute it a week from Wednesday).
- Reverse polish notation
- How do you visit, iterate, or list the elements of the tree?
- Preorder vs. postorder
- Depth-first vs. breadth first
- Iterators in Java
- Of course, we want to do more with trees than build them. Often,
we want to iterate their elements (look at them one by
- For example, we might want to convert an expression tree back
into an expression, as we did in the last class.
- We came up with a fairly simple and clear algorithm
If the tree contains only a number,
Return the string that corresponds to that number
Convert the left subtree to a string
Convert the right subtree to a string
Return left paren, converted left subtree, operator,
converted right subtree, right paren
- But how do we code that given our current implementation of trees?
- We might also want to convert the tree into a different form, one
commonly used on older HP calculators (and some newer calculators
of other brands).
- In reverse Polish notation (RPN), you write the operator
after the operands, rather than before.
- (3+4)*5 could be written 3 4 + 5 *
- 3+(4*5) could be written 3 4 5 * +
- What are the advantages of reverse Polish notation?
- It's unambiguous
- It's easy to compute using a stack
- The stack-based algorithm
Read the next thing
If the next thing is a number
Push it on the stack
If the next thing is an operator
Pop its operands
Apply the operator
Push the result on the stack
- Is there a way to convert an expression tree to RPN?
- Is there a natural way to list all the elements in a tree?
- We saw two for expressions.
- It turns out that there are many.
- If you recall our consideration of puzzles, we built trees to
represent all possible states of the puzzles
- The children of a ``state'' are the different states you can
reach after making a single move from that state.
- We then wanted to examine the states in the tree to see if any were
- There are two basic strategies we considered:
- We looked across each level before moving on to the next level.
- We looked down as deeply as possible before moving accross the
- These same strategies can be employed in any tree.
- The first is breadth-first traversal.
- The second is depth-first traversal.
- Yet there are other considerations. Do you visit a node before
or after you visit its children (or between, as in a binary tree)?
- In prefix traveral, you visit the node first (like
- In suffix traversal, you visit the node last (like
reverse Polish notation).
- In infix traversal, you visit the node between its
subtrees (like traditional arithmetic notation ).
- If a node has multiple children (as it typically does), do you
- We have two typical ways of traversing binary expression trees:
- We traverse them in left-to-right, depth-first, infix
order when "printing" them for the standard output. (We do have
- We traverse them in left-to-right, depth-first, postfix
order to get ``reverse polish notation''.
- Why might you want other orders for other kinds of trees?
- We've seen that it's possible to iterate a tree by writing an
algorithm that uses the tree appropriately.
- However, that algorithm left out many details, and we needed
to work hard to deal with those details.
- What if we want to generalize the idea of iteration, so
that we can simply present appropriate methods?
- That is, what
are the basic operations that we might use to iterate any collection,
whether that collection is in a list, tree, or other data structure?
- In Java, iterators are often separate objects that you build from
- The use of objects fits within the object-oriented paradigm.
- It's also useful to be able to iterate the collection "simultaneously",
as it were.
- Java presents iterators as interfaces. Consider
- If you look at
java.util.Hashtable class, you'll note that
there are a few methods that return enumerations.
- When you write your own iterators, you typically take advantage of
some knowledge of the internal structure of the thing you're
- How might we write our own iterators for trees?
- One solution: Shove everything in the tree into a list and then
iterate the list.
- Another solution: Keep careful track of where you are in the tree
and where you've been.
Tuesday, 10 August 1999
- Created as a blank outline.
Monday, 29 November 1999
- Copied a few deatils from outline 48.
- Filled in new sections on iterators, traversing expression trees,
Back to Trees, Continued.
On to Introduction to Graphs.