perfect binary tree


Definition: A binary tree with all leaf nodes at the same depth. All internal nodes have degree 2.

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

See also perfect k-ary tree.

Note: A perfect binary tree has 2n+1-1 nodes, where n is the height. It can be efficiently implemented as an array, where a node at index i has children at indexes 2i and 2i+1 and a parent at index i/2. After LK.

A complete binary tree may be seen as a perfect binary tree with some extra leaf nodes at depth n+1, all toward the left. (After [CLR90, page 140]).

This kind of tree is called "complete" by some authors ([CLR90, page 95], Leighton) and "full" by others (Budd page 331, Carrano & Prichard page 429, Ege, [HS83, page 225], and Sahni page 461).

Authors: YZ,PEB

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