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This is vague question. Besides the key, can we store nodes count in the tree nodes? If no more facilitation provided, no way to figure out the median in O(logn) IMHO.

- hunt on September 22, 2009 | Flag Reply
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question is not clear.
Anonymous please explain the question clearly with an example else don't put such junks.

- charlie on September 22, 2009 | Flag Reply
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As hunt said, we need to store count in nodes for O(logn) complexity.

- Erik on September 22, 2009 | Flag Reply
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This is perhaps not a vague question afterall... Its beauty is in its shortness.
Here's what I'd say, hopefully correct:

a = extract_min ( BST );
b = extract_max ( BST );
print "Median = ", sqrt(a*a + b*b), ", Mean = ", (a + b)/2.0;

What do you say?

- Nix on September 22, 2009 | Flag Reply
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That's Average Not median.

FYI: Median is Positional average of a list(sorted)

- Addy on September 24, 2009 | Flag
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sqrt(a*a + b*b) is not the Median. See the definition of Median here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median

- Gaurav on September 24, 2009 | Flag Reply
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median is also determined by the number of items in the list. if it is odd, then it would be the item in the middle else the average of two central items

- Anonymous on September 27, 2009 | Flag Reply


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