CMPU 102 - Lab 9

In this lab you will write code to create "random" binary trees, and implement several binary tree traversal algorithms.

Note: Because a binary tree is a recursive data structure, most binary tree algorithms can be expressed best recursively.  In this lab, all of the code you will write will be recursive, with the exception of the implementation of the LevelOrder class.


The BinTreeNode interface describes the methods which may be performed on the nodes of a binary tree.  These methods are:

You will use these methods to create and traverse binary trees.

The BinTreeNodeVisitor interface defines several methods which you should use when traversing the nodes of a binary tree:

In general, a recursive traversal algorithm should call start when encountering a node for the first time, near the entry to the recursive visitation method.  It should call visit to "officially" visit the node.  Finally, it should call finish when it is completely done with the node, typically just before returning from the recursive visitation method.


You will implement several classes used by the TreeDemo class, which is a Java GUI application that animates several binary tree traversal algorithms.  You can run the TreeDemo program at any time by right-clicking on "" in the Package Explorer and choosing "Run As->Java Application".

Your first task is to write a method that creates "random" binary trees.  This is the MakeRandomTree class.  The method

BinTreeNode create(int numLevels, BinTreeNodeFactory factory)

will create a (possibly-empty) random binary tree with the given number of levels.  You will see a statement computing a double value called prob.  You should use the provided random number generator to generate a random double value between 0.0 and 1.0.  If the randomly-generated number is greater than prob, then the method should return null (an empty tree).  Otherwise, it should create a new node (using the create method of the factory object), setting the left and right sub-trees of the new node to be random subtrees whose maximum number of levels is numLevels-1.

Don't forget to implement a base case so that you return an empty (null) tree when numLevels is zero.

To test your implementation of MakeRandomTree, run the TreeDemo program and click the "Random" button.  You should see a tree that looks something like the following:

You second task is to implement several binary tree traversal algorithms.  These algorithms will visit each node in the binary tree.

In each traversal, you will need to use the methods of the BinTreeNodeVisitor object passed to the traversal method to record the various stages of visitation (start, visit, finish) at each node.  start should be called immediately upon reaching a node for the first time.  visit, as the name implies, is the "official" visitation of the node.  finish should be called after visiting the node and recursively visiting its subtrees.  Note that in the case of level-order traversal, which is not recursive, you can just call start, visit, and finish in succession on each node you reach.

You will need to handle the base case where one of the sub-trees of a node is null.

To test one of your traversal algorithms, run TreeDemo, create a random tree, select the algorithm name from the combo box, and click "Start!".

The PreOrder class implements a Pre-Order traversal.  A Pre-Order traversal visits the node, recursively traverses the left sub-tree, and then recursively traverses the right sub-tree.

The PostOrder class implements a Post-Order traversal.  A Post-Order traversal recursively traverses the left sub-tree, recursively traverses the right sub-tree, then visits the node,.

The InOrder class implements an In-Order traversal.  A In-Order traversal recursively traverses the left sub-tree, visits the node, and then recursively traverses the right sub-tree.

The LevelOrder class implements a Level-Order traversal.  A Level-order traversal first visits the root, then each child of the root, then each grand-child, etc.  Unlike the other traversals, Level Order is not defined recursively.  Instead, you should use a queue to keep track of the next node to be visited.  The algorithm for level order visitation is as follows:

create a queue
enqueue the root node
while the queue is not empty {
        dequeue a node
        start, visit, and finish the node
        enqueue each child of the node

You may use a java.util.LinkedList object as a queue.  Create the linked list as follows:

LinkedList queue = new LinkedList<BinTreeNode>();

The isEmpty method returns whether or not the queue is empty.  Use the addLast method to enqueue nodes and the removeFirst method to dequeue a node.

Level-Order traversal is also known as "Breadth First" traversal.  When you run the animation for this traversal, it should be clear why.

Getting Started, When you are finished, Submitting

To get started, get the file from the class web page and import it into your Eclipse workspace.  The classes you will modify are in the "lab9" project.

When you have implemented each algorithm, demonstrate them for me.

To submit: from a terminal window, run the commands

cd eclipse-workspace
submit102 lab9