Check for Binary Search Tree

Last Updated: May 13, 2022



Given an array, A of size N. Find whether it is possible to make a Binary Search Tree with elements of A such that the greatest common divisor of any two vertices connected by a common edge is > 1. Print Yes if possible, otherwise print No.


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Input:  A = { 3, 18, 6, 9, 36, 108 

Output: Yes 


Explanation: One of the possible BTS is given below. Here vertices of every edge have GCD > 1.




Input:  A = {2, 47} 
Output: No

Explanation: GCD of 2 and 47 is 1.


Recommended: Please try to solve it yourself before moving on to the solution.





The idea is to use Dynamic Programming (DP).

Let DP(l, r, root) be a DP array with values 0 or 1 determining if it is possible to create a BST root at the root from the sub-segment [ l, r ] of the given array.

Calculating  DP(l, r, root) requires extracting the (leftRoot) root of the left subtree from [l..root – 1] and (rightRoot) root of the right subtree from [root + 1..right] in the following manner:

  • gcd(aroot, arightRoot) > 1
  • gcd(aroot, aleftRoot) > 1
  • DP(l, root-1, leftRoot) = 1
  • DP(root+1, r, rightRoot) = 1


In DP(l, r, root), l can take n values, r can take n values, and root can also take n values. Therefore there are n3 DP states.

Also, the transition time for DP will be O(n). Hence, a total of n4 time complexity of this solution.

Better Approach


Let’s define DP differently; let DPNew(l, r, state) be a DP, where a state can be 0 or 1.

Here we can calculate DP(l, r, root) from DPNew(l, root - 1, 1) and DPNew(root + 1, r, 0).


Here l can take n values, r can take n values, and state can take two values. Therefore there are n2 DP states.

Also, the transition time for DP will be O(n). Hence, it has a total of n3 time complexity which is enough to pass.



#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;

// Return 1 it is possible to make BST from l to r with given state
int isPossibleWithStates(int l, int r, int state, int a[], vector<vector<vector<int>>> &dp){
       // Base condition.
       if (l > r)
           return 1;

       if (dp[l][r][state] != -1)
           return dp[l][r][state];

       // Deciding root by state value
       int root;
       if (state == 1)
           root = a[r + 1];
           root = a[l - 1];

       for (int i = l; i <= r; i++) {

            // checking the gcd condition.
            if (__gcd(a[i], root) > 1) {

                   int x = isPossibleWithStates(l, i - 1, 1, a, dp);
                   if (x != 1)
                   int y = isPossibleWithStates(i + 1, r, 0, a, dp);

                   if (x == 1 && y == 1){
                          return dp[l][r][state] = 1;

        // If not possible.
       return dp[l][r][state] = 0;

bool isPossible(int a[], int n, vector<vector<vector<int>>> &dp){
       // Sort the given array.
       sort(a, a + n);

       // Check it is possible to create BST rooted at i.

       for (int i = 0; i < n; i++){
       // Check at both sides.
                 if (isPossibleWithStates(0, i - 1, 1, a, dp) && isPossibleWithStates(i + 1, n - 1, 0, a, dp)) 
                            return true;
       return false;

int main(){

       int a[] = { 3, 18, 6, 9, 36, 108 };
       int n = sizeof(a) / sizeof(a[0]);
       vector<vector<vector<int>>> dp(n,vector<vector<int>>(n,vector<int>(2, -1)));
       if (isPossible(a, n, dp))
                cout << "Yes";
                cout << "No";
return 0;




Time Complexity: O(N3)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: What is a Binary Search Tree in data structure?
Ans1:The Binary Search Tree data structure is a node-based binary tree with the following properties:

  • The left subtree contains only nodes whose key value is smaller than the root's key value.
  • The right subtree contains only nodes whose key value is greater than the root's key value.
  • Each left and right subtree must be a Binary Search Tree.

Q2: What is a Binary Tree used for?
Ans2: Binary Trees are mainly used for searching and sorting since they allow hierarchical data storage. Some common operations on a Binary Tree include Insertion, deletion, and traversal.


Q3: Where can I practice Binary Search Tree Questions?
Ans3: Read and Practice important interview-related Binary Search Tree questions here. It is free and covers basic to advanced coding questions on Binary Search Tree.

Key Takeaways

This article solved a DP-based problem where an array was given and a condition to satisfy; we needed to find if a Binary Search Tree can be created from the given array or not.  We solved the problem with a DP approach taking o(n3) time complexity.


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