coding tree

(data structure)

Definition: A full binary tree that represents a coding, such as produced by Huffman coding. Each leaf is an encoded symbol. The path from the root to a leaf is its codeword.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
full binary tree, trie.

Aggregate parent (I am a part of or used in ...)
Huffman coding.

See also prefix code.

Author: PEB

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Entry modified 30 April 2007.
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