# Predecessor And Successor In BST

Posted: 21 Nov, 2020

Difficulty: Easy

#### You have been given a binary search tree of integers with ‘N’ nodes. You are also given 'KEY' which represents data of a node of this tree. Your task is to find the predecessor and successor of the given node in the BST.

##### Note:

```
1. The predecessor of a node in BST is that node that will be visited just before the given node in the inorder traversal of the tree. If the given node is visited first in the inorder traversal, then its predecessor is NULL.
2. The successor of a node in BST is that node that will be visited immediately after the given node in the inorder traversal of the tree. If the given node is visited last in the inorder traversal, then its successor is NULL.
3. The node for which predecessor and successor are to be found will always be present in the given tree.
4. A binary search tree (BST) is a binary tree data structure which has the following properties.
• The left subtree of a node contains only nodes with data less than the node’s data.
• The right subtree of a node contains only nodes with data greater than the node’s data.
• Both the left and right subtrees must also be binary search trees.
```

##### Input Format:

```
The first line contains an integer 'T' which denotes the number of test cases or queries to be run. Then the test cases follow.
The first line of each test case contains the elements of the tree in the level order form separated by a single space. If any node does not have a left or right child, take -1 in its place. Refer to the example for further clarification.
The second line of each test case contains 'KEY' representing the data of the node for which predecessor and successor are to be found.
```

##### Example:

```
Elements are in the level order form. The input consists of values of nodes separated by a single space in a single line. In case a node is null, we take -1 in its place.
For example, the input for the tree depicted in the below image would be :
```

```
1
2 3
4 -1 5 6
-1 7 -1 -1 -1 -1
-1 -1
Explanation :
Level 1 :
The root node of the tree is 1
Level 2 :
Left child of 1 = 2
Right child of 1 = 3
Level 3 :
Left child of 2 = 4
Right child of 2 = null (-1)
Left child of 3 = 5
Right child of 3 = 6
Level 4 :
Left child of 4 = null (-1)
Right child of 4 = 7
Left child of 5 = null (-1)
Right child of 5 = null (-1)
Left child of 6 = null (-1)
Right child of 6 = null (-1)
Level 5 :
Left child of 7 = null (-1)
Right child of 7 = null (-1)
The first not-null node (of the previous level) is treated as the parent of the first two nodes of the current level.
The second not-null node (of the previous level) is treated as the parent node for the next two nodes of the current level and so on.
The input ends when all nodes at the last level are null (-1).
```

##### Note :

```
The above format was just to provide clarity on how the input is formed for a given tree.
The sequence will be put together in a single line separated by a single space. Hence, for the above-depicted tree, the input will be given as:
1 2 3 4 -1 5 6 -1 7 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1
```

##### Output Format :

```
For each test case, print two single space-separated integers representing data values of the predecessor and the successor node, respectively. If any of the two doesn’t exist, print -1 in place of it.
Print output of each test case in a separate line.
```

##### Note:

```
You are not required to print anything explicitly. It has already been taken care of. Just implement the function.
```

##### Constraint :

```
1 <= T <= 100
1 <= N <= 5000
0 <= data <= 10^6 and data != -1
Time Limit: 1 sec
```

Approach 1

- The fact that all the data values are unique makes the solution look very intuitive.
- We can simply store the inorder traversal of the given tree in the array, and find the element present before and after the given node in the array.
- For every node, its left subtree is visited recursively, and then the node itself is visited(the data is stored in the array), and then its right subtree.

- After the traversal, we can find the given node in the inorder array and return its predecessor and successor, if any.

Approach 2

A node’s predecessor in a BST is the greatest value present in its left subtree. If the left subtree doesn’t exist, then the predecessor can be one of his ancestors.

Similarly, a node’s successor in a BST is the smallest value present in its right subtree. If the right subtree doesn’t exist, then the successor can be one of his ancestors.

Here is the algorithm:

- We will run a loop until we reach the node given to us.
- If the value of the current node is smaller than the given node, we will set the predecessor as the current node and move to its right child.
- Else, we will set the successor as the current node and move to its left child.

- After we reach the given node, we find the maximum value of the left subtree and the minimum value of the right subtree. Then set the values of predecessor and successor, accordingly.

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