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Binary Trees

Note that there are many ways to define trees in a functional programming languge, this is just one of them. As for lists, the structure of many functions (weight, height etc.) on trees matches that of the data type definition.

A data type can be made printable by adding it to type class Show. This is done by defining function show or showsPrec on the type. The element of the type, here of the tree, must be printable.

module Tree (module Tree) where

data Tree e = Fork e (Tree e) (Tree e) | EmptyTree

contents (Fork e l r) = e
left     (Fork e l r) = l
right    (Fork e l r) = r

weight  EmptyTree   = 0
weight (Fork e l r) = 1+(weight l)+(weight r)

height  EmptyTree   = 0
height (Fork e l r) =
 let lh = height l
     rh = height r
 in 1 + if lh > rh then lh else rh

                         -- make  Tree a  showable
instance Show a => Show (Tree a) where
  -- note the indenting of showsPrec ~ the instance!
  -- showsPrec :: Int ->   a ->  ShowS
  --              priority thing ...
  showsPrec d EmptyTree    rest = "{}" ++ rest
  showsPrec d (Fork e l r) rest =
     "{"++ showsPrec d e
        (showsPrec d l
           (showsPrec d r ("}"++rest)
        )  )


A tree can be flattened to produce a list of elements in infix order. The real work is done by function fl which contains another use of an accumulating parameter. It runs in linear time.

module Flatten (module Flatten) where
import Tree

flatten EmptyTree = []
flatten t =                  -- O(weight t)-time
 let fl  EmptyTree   ans = ans
     fl (Fork e l r) ans = fl l (e : (fl r ans))
 in fl t []

We can prove that flatten, above, is equivalent to the obvious but slow version:

Definition of the obvious but slow tree flattening method:
slowF EmptyTree = []
slowF (Fork e l r) = append (slowF l) (e : (slowF r))
Claim: slowF t = flatten t, for every tree, t.
base case, t = EmptyTree
LHS = slowF EmptyTree = [] = fl EmptyTree [] = flatten EmptyTree = RHS
general case, t = Fork e l r
= slowF (Fork e l r)
= append (slowF l) (e:(slowF r)) -- defn of slowF
= append (flatten l) (e:(flatten r)) -- by induction on |l| & |r|
= append (fl l []) (e:(flatten r)) -- defn of flatten
= fl l (e:(flatten r)) -- see note below
= fl l (e : (fl r [])) -- defn of flatten
= flatten (Fork e l r) -- defn of flatten
Note: append (fl t xs) ys = fl t (append xs ys), for every tree t and every pair of lists xs and ys.
base case, t = EmptyTree
= append (fl EmptyTree xs) ys
= append xs ys -- defn of fl
= fl EmptyTree (append xs ys) -- ditto
general case, t = Fork(e l r)
= append (fl (Fork e l r) xs) ys
= append (fl l (e:(fl r xs))) ys -- defn of fl
= fl l (append (e:(fl r xs)) ys) -- induction on |l|
= fl l (e:( append (fl r xs) ys )) -- defn of append
= fl l (e:( fl r (append xs ys) )) -- induction on |r|
= fl (Fork e l r) (append xs ys) -- defn of fl

The slow method has quadratic time complexity because of the calls to append -- so use the fast linear-time flatten instead.


Simple test main:

module Main where
import Tree
import Flatten

t1 = Fork 2 (Fork 1 EmptyTree EmptyTree)
	    (Fork 3 EmptyTree EmptyTree)

main = print (show t1) >>
       print (show (weight t1)) >>
       print (show (height t1)) >>
       print (show (flatten t1))

L.A. 8/2002
Coding Ockham's Razor, L. Allison, Springer

A Practical Introduction to Denotational Semantics, L. Allison, CUP

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