Lawrence.


Invert binary tree


A problem that Homebrew's author complained.


Invert a binary tree. Problem from leetcode.

Here's the input:

     4
   /   \
  2     7
 / \   / \
1   3 6   9

and the out put looks like:

     4
   /   \
  7     2
 / \   / \
9   6 3   1

This problem was inspired by this tweet:

https://twitter.com/mxcl/status/608682016205344768

Here's the solution implemented in Java.

/**
 * Definition for a binary tree node.
 * public class TreeNode {
 *     int val;
 *     TreeNode left;
 *     TreeNode right;
 *     TreeNode(int x) { val = x; }
 * }
 */
class Solution {
    public TreeNode invertTree(TreeNode root) {
        if(null != root){
            TreeNode leftChild = root.left;
            root.left = root.right;
            root.right = leftChild;
            root.left = invertTree(root.left);
            root.right = invertTree(root.right);
        }
        return root;
    }
}

There's much different logic behind software engineering with computer science. Max replied this question about it on quora.com after 2 years.