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March 5th, 2013, 07:00 AM
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Homework - Threaded Tree Traversal

Hello,

As an assignment we have to write a method for a Threaded Binary Tree that traverses the tree in post-order. However, we aren't allowed to use recursion or stacks

This is what I have so far (after doing some Googling):

java Code:
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```public void postOrder() {    ThreadedTreeNode<T> temp = new ThreadedTreeNode<T>(null);    String action = "left";    ArrayList<ThreadedTreeNode<T>> visited = new ArrayList<ThreadedTreeNode<T>>();     temp.left = root;        while (temp != null) {        if (action == "left") {            if (temp.left != null && !visited.contains(temp.left))                temp = temp.left;            else                action = "right";        }        else if (action == "right") {            if (temp.left != null && !visited.contains(temp.left))                action = "left";            else                action = "visit";        }        else if (action == "visit") {            visit(temp);            visited.add(temp);             if (temp.right.left == temp) {                action = "right";                temp = temp.right;              }                        if (temp.right == null)                return;        }    }}
```

Any ideas on what's wrong? It just goes into an infinite loop when visiting the root.

Thanks,

Mr_Bean

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March 5th, 2013, 07:22 AM
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One problem is the use of == to compare Strings. The code should use the equals() method.

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March 6th, 2013, 01:32 AM
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Thanks, but that didn't solve the problem.

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March 6th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Try debugging the code by adding some println statements that will print out the values of variables as the code executes and show you why it goes into an infinite loop.
It should show how the value of temp changes as the code executes.

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March 6th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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infinite loop

Just by looking at the codes, there are 2 exit criteria to escape the while loop:
a) temp is null.
b) temp.right is null.

You have to find out why either of these 2 conditions are not reached.
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