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花花酱 LeetCode 173. Binary Search Tree Iterator

Implement the BSTIterator class that represents an iterator over the in-order traversal of a binary search tree (BST):

  • BSTIterator(TreeNode root) Initializes an object of the BSTIterator class. The root of the BST is given as part of the constructor. The pointer should be initialized to a non-existent number smaller than any element in the BST.
  • boolean hasNext() Returns true if there exists a number in the traversal to the right of the pointer, otherwise returns false.
  • int next() Moves the pointer to the right, then returns the number at the pointer.

Notice that by initializing the pointer to a non-existent smallest number, the first call to next() will return the smallest element in the BST.

You may assume that next() calls will always be valid. That is, there will be at least a next number in the in-order traversal when next() is called.

Example 1:

["BSTIterator", "next", "next", "hasNext", "next", "hasNext", "next", "hasNext", "next", "hasNext"]
[[[7, 3, 15, null, null, 9, 20]], [], [], [], [], [], [], [], [], []]

[null, 3, 7, true, 9, true, 15, true, 20, false]

Explanation BSTIterator bSTIterator = new BSTIterator([7, 3, 15, null, null, 9, 20]);; // return 3; // return 7 bSTIterator.hasNext(); // return True; // return 9 bSTIterator.hasNext(); // return True; // return 15 bSTIterator.hasNext(); // return True; // return 20 bSTIterator.hasNext(); // return False


  • The number of nodes in the tree is in the range [1, 105].
  • 0 <= Node.val <= 106
  • At most 105 calls will be made to hasNext, and next.

Follow up:

  • Could you implement next() and hasNext() to run in average O(1) time and use O(h) memory, where h is the height of the tree?

Solution: In-order traversal using a stack

Use a stack to simulate in-order traversal.

Each next, we walk to the left most (smallest) node and push all the nodes along the path to the stack.

Then pop the top one t as return val, our next node to explore is the right child of t.

Time complexity: amortized O(1) for next() call.
Space complexity: O(n)


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