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Abhishek Chaudhary
Abhishek Chaudhary

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Flatten Binary Tree to Linked List

Given the root of a binary tree, flatten the tree into a "linked list":

  • The "linked list" should use the same TreeNode class where the right child pointer points to the next node in the list and the left child pointer is always null.
  • The "linked list" should be in the same order as a pre-order traversal of the binary tree.

Example 1:

Input: root = [1,2,5,3,4,null,6]
Output: [1,null,2,null,3,null,4,null,5,null,6]

Example 2:

Input: root = []
Output: []

Example 3:

Input: root = [0]
Output: [0]


  • The number of nodes in the tree is in the range [0, 2000].
  • -100 <= Node.val <= 100

Follow up: Can you flatten the tree in-place (with O(1) extra space)?SOLUTION:

# Definition for a binary tree node.
# class TreeNode:
#     def __init__(self, val=0, left=None, right=None):
#         self.val = val
#         self.left = left
#         self.right = right
class Solution:
    def flatten(self, root: Optional[TreeNode]) -> None:
        if root:
            temp = root.right
            root.right = self.flatten(root.left)
            root.left = None
            curr = root
            while curr and curr.right:
                curr = curr.right
            curr.right = self.flatten(temp)
        return root
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