DSA Day-28

Hey Everyone!! I hope all of you are doing well and working actively on preparation for placement.

Last time, we discussed about basic concepts on ‘graphs’, today we’ll be covering important questions and sources for graphs.

To study about theoretical questions of graphs that can be asked during a coding interview, refer the following link:

Refer to the following personal notes based on trees and graphs:

Graphs and Trees

1. Suppose you have a list of tasks which need to be executed. Some of these tasks have dependencies which must be executed before they are. Please provide a method which, when given a list of tasks, will provide a valid ordering in return.

Input: [ A, B, C, D ]
A <- B, C
B <- C, D
D <- C
Return: [ C, D, B, A ]

Consider this as a directed graph and traverse the graph using Breadth First/Depth First. I prefer Breadth first.
- While traversing, create a dictionary to store the count of adjacent vertices to each vertex
adj(a) = 2
adj(b) = 2
adj(c) = 0
adj(d) = 1
- Set prevNode = null
- Get the nodes with minimum value in dictionary and set that as start node -- node c
- Choose the one that includes prevNode or pick one if prevNode == null
- Store it in a list
- Keep on looping and you will get the order
- Print the list

- Topological sorting of vertices

2. let's say you're given an arbitrary list of relations r1 and r2 from objects in a set of arbitrary size. find the size of th largest subset with the property that no two are related. for e.g., given set S = {a,b,c,d,e,f} and relations {a,d}, {b,c}, {a,c}, {a,e}, find the subset of S such that no two a connected.
- Largest independent set problem

LISS(Node root){
return 0;
int size_excl = LISS(root.left) + LISS(root.right);
int size_incl = 1;
size_incl += LISS(root.left.left) +
size_incl +=LISS(root.right.left) + LISS(root.right.right);
return Math.max(size_incl, size_excl);
Time Complexity: Exponential due to recursive function

3. Find distance between two given nodes in a binary tree/ binary search tree.
- Find LCA
public static Node LCA(Node root, int n1, int n2)
if (root == null)
return root;
if (root.value == n1 || root.value == n2)
return root;

Node left = LCA(root.left, n1, n2);
Node right = LCA(root.right, n1, n2);

if (left != null && right != null)
return root;
if (left != null)
return LCA(root.left, n1, n2);
return LCA(root.right, n1, n2);

// Returns level of key k if it is present in
// tree, otherwise returns -1

- Find the distance of each node from LCA
public static int findLevel(Node root, int a, int level)
if (root == null)
return -1;
if (root.value == a)
return level;
int left = findLevel(root.left, a, level + 1);
if (left == -1)
return findLevel(root.right, a, level + 1);
return left;
- Add the distance
public static int findDistance(Node root, int a, int b)
Node lca = LCA(root, a, b);

int d1 = findLevel(lca, a, 0);
int d2 = findLevel(lca, b, 0);

return d1 + d2;
Time Complexity: O(N)
4. Given a BST (Binary Search Tree) , Each node value should replace with sum of the node which are greater-than the given node.

conditions :
No Extra space / variable can use
Modify the existing tree in optimal way.

- Replace root.val = root.right.val

5. Given two (binary) trees, return the first pair of non-matching leaves

Tree 1: A, B, C, D, E, null, null
Tree 2: A, D, B

Output: (E,B)

- Do an inorder traversal and create one list for each tree to store leaves
- Return the first unequal leaves from the list

Time Complexity: O(M+N)

6. Suggest a data structure and implement efficient phrase search along with word search in a huge chunk of text.
- Trie can be used
- Time Complexity for searching : O(N)

7. Given the root of a binary tree containing integers, print the columns of the tree in order with the nodes in each column printed top-to-bottom.

static void getVerticalOrder(Node root, int hd,
TreeMap<Integer,Vector<Integer>> m)
// Base case
if(root == null)

//get the vector list at 'hd'
Vector<Integer> get = m.get(hd);

// Store current node in map 'm'
if(get == null)
get = new Vector<>();

m.put(hd, get);

// Store nodes in left subtree
getVerticalOrder(root.left, hd-1, m);

// Store nodes in right subtree
getVerticalOrder(root.right, hd+1, m);

Time Complexity: O(N)
8. Assuming you have a binary tree which stores integers, count the number of nodes whose value is lower than the value of its upper nodes.
- Create a list
- if root.val < pval (parent value) { list.add(root.val); }

Time Complexity: O(N)

9. Given the Pre-order of the BST .check if each non-leaf node has only one child.Linear Time is expected.

boolean checkOneChild(int[] preorder)
for(int i=0; i<preorder.length-2; i++)
int a = preorder[i]-preorder[i+1];
int b = preorder[i]-preorder[preorder.length-1];
return false;
return false;

The above code is checking if the child node and the leaf node(last node) lies on the same side (Left or Right) of the Sub Tree. Means if the a*b is <0 means
1. Child is smaller then parent(i) and Last Node is greater then parent(i)
2. Child is Greater then parent(i) and Last Node is smaller then parent(i)

Hope you find all the resources helpful. Good luck!!!



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Arya Goswami

Arya Goswami


Incoming SDE intern at Amazon || Ex- mentee at Amazon ACMS