# Convert a normal BST to Balanced BST

• Difficulty Level : Medium
• Last Updated : 30 Jun, 2022

Given a BST (Binary Search Tree) that may be unbalanced, convert it into a balanced BST that has minimum possible height.

Examples :

```Input:
30
/
20
/
10
Output:
20
/   \
10     30

Input:
4
/
3
/
2
/
1
Output:
3            3           2
/  \         /  \        /  \
1    4   OR  2    4  OR  1    3   OR ..
\          /                   \
2        1                     4

Input:
4
/   \
3     5
/       \
2         6
/           \
1             7
Output:
4
/    \
2      6
/  \    /  \
1    3  5    7 ```
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A Simple Solution is to traverse nodes in Inorder and one by one insert into a self-balancing BST like AVL tree. Time complexity of this solution is O(n Log n) and this solution doesn’t guarantee
An Efficient Solution can construct balanced BST in O(n) time with minimum possible height. Below are steps.

1. Traverse given BST in inorder and store result in an array. This step takes O(n) time. Note that this array would be sorted as inorder traversal of BST always produces sorted sequence.
2. Build a balanced BST from the above created sorted array using the recursive approach discussed here. This step also takes O(n) time as we traverse every element exactly once and processing an element takes O(1) time.

Below is the implementation of above steps.

## C++

 `// C++ program to convert a left unbalanced BST to` `// a balanced BST` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `struct` `Node` `{` `    ``int` `data;` `    ``Node* left,  *right;` `};`   `/* This function traverse the skewed binary tree and` `   ``stores its nodes pointers in vector nodes[] */` `void` `storeBSTNodes(Node* root, vector &nodes)` `{` `    ``// Base case` `    ``if` `(root==NULL)` `        ``return``;`   `    ``// Store nodes in Inorder (which is sorted` `    ``// order for BST)` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root->left, nodes);` `    ``nodes.push_back(root);` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root->right, nodes);` `}`   `/* Recursive function to construct binary tree */` `Node* buildTreeUtil(vector &nodes, ``int` `start,` `                   ``int` `end)` `{` `    ``// base case` `    ``if` `(start > end)` `        ``return` `NULL;`   `    ``/* Get the middle element and make it root */` `    ``int` `mid = (start + end)/2;` `    ``Node *root = nodes[mid];`   `    ``/* Using index in Inorder traversal, construct` `       ``left and right subtress */` `    ``root->left  = buildTreeUtil(nodes, start, mid-1);` `    ``root->right = buildTreeUtil(nodes, mid+1, end);`   `    ``return` `root;` `}`   `// This functions converts an unbalanced BST to` `// a balanced BST` `Node* buildTree(Node* root)` `{` `    ``// Store nodes of given BST in sorted order` `    ``vector nodes;` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root, nodes);`   `    ``// Constructs BST from nodes[]` `    ``int` `n = nodes.size();` `    ``return` `buildTreeUtil(nodes, 0, n-1);` `}`   `// Utility function to create a new node` `Node* newNode(``int` `data)` `{` `    ``Node* node = ``new` `Node;` `    ``node->data = data;` `    ``node->left = node->right = NULL;` `    ``return` `(node);` `}`   `/* Function to do preorder traversal of tree */` `void` `preOrder(Node* node)` `{` `    ``if` `(node == NULL)` `        ``return``;` `    ``printf``(``"%d "``, node->data);` `    ``preOrder(node->left);` `    ``preOrder(node->right);` `}`   `// Driver program` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``/* Constructed skewed binary tree is` `                ``10` `               ``/` `              ``8` `             ``/` `            ``7` `           ``/` `          ``6` `         ``/` `        ``5   */`   `    ``Node* root = newNode(10);` `    ``root->left = newNode(8);` `    ``root->left->left = newNode(7);` `    ``root->left->left->left = newNode(6);` `    ``root->left->left->left->left = newNode(5);`   `    ``root = buildTree(root);`   `    ``printf``(``"Preorder traversal of balanced "` `            ``"BST is : \n"``);` `    ``preOrder(root);`   `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// Java program to convert a left unbalanced BST to a balanced BST`   `import` `java.util.*;`   `/* A binary tree node has data, pointer to left child` `   ``and a pointer to right child */` `class` `Node ` `{` `    ``int` `data;` `    ``Node left, right;`   `    ``public` `Node(``int` `data) ` `    ``{` `        ``this``.data = data;` `        ``left = right = ``null``;` `    ``}` `}`   `class` `BinaryTree ` `{` `    ``Node root;`   `    ``/* This function traverse the skewed binary tree and` `       ``stores its nodes pointers in vector nodes[] */` `    ``void` `storeBSTNodes(Node root, Vector nodes) ` `    ``{` `        ``// Base case` `        ``if` `(root == ``null``)` `            ``return``;`   `        ``// Store nodes in Inorder (which is sorted` `        ``// order for BST)` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root.left, nodes);` `        ``nodes.add(root);` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root.right, nodes);` `    ``}`   `    ``/* Recursive function to construct binary tree */` `    ``Node buildTreeUtil(Vector nodes, ``int` `start,` `            ``int` `end) ` `    ``{` `        ``// base case` `        ``if` `(start > end)` `            ``return` `null``;`   `        ``/* Get the middle element and make it root */` `        ``int` `mid = (start + end) / ``2``;` `        ``Node node = nodes.get(mid);`   `        ``/* Using index in Inorder traversal, construct` `           ``left and right subtress */` `        ``node.left = buildTreeUtil(nodes, start, mid - ``1``);` `        ``node.right = buildTreeUtil(nodes, mid + ``1``, end);`   `        ``return` `node;` `    ``}`   `    ``// This functions converts an unbalanced BST to` `    ``// a balanced BST` `    ``Node buildTree(Node root) ` `    ``{` `        ``// Store nodes of given BST in sorted order` `        ``Vector nodes = ``new` `Vector();` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root, nodes);`   `        ``// Constructs BST from nodes[]` `        ``int` `n = nodes.size();` `        ``return` `buildTreeUtil(nodes, ``0``, n - ``1``);` `    ``}`   `    ``/* Function to do preorder traversal of tree */` `    ``void` `preOrder(Node node) ` `    ``{` `        ``if` `(node == ``null``)` `            ``return``;` `        ``System.out.print(node.data + ``" "``);` `        ``preOrder(node.left);` `        ``preOrder(node.right);` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver program to test the above functions` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) ` `    ``{` `         ``/* Constructed skewed binary tree is` `                ``10` `               ``/` `              ``8` `             ``/` `            ``7` `           ``/` `          ``6` `         ``/` `        ``5   */` `        ``BinaryTree tree = ``new` `BinaryTree();` `        ``tree.root = ``new` `Node(``10``);` `        ``tree.root.left = ``new` `Node(``8``);` `        ``tree.root.left.left = ``new` `Node(``7``);` `        ``tree.root.left.left.left = ``new` `Node(``6``);` `        ``tree.root.left.left.left.left = ``new` `Node(``5``);`   `        ``tree.root = tree.buildTree(tree.root);` `        ``System.out.println(``"Preorder traversal of balanced BST is :"``);` `        ``tree.preOrder(tree.root);` `    ``}` `}`   `// This code has been contributed by Mayank Jaiswal(mayank_24)`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to convert a left ` `# unbalanced BST to a balanced BST ` `import` `sys` `import` `math`   `# A binary tree node has data, pointer to left child ` `# and a pointer to right child ` `class` `Node:` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``,data):` `        ``self``.data``=``data` `        ``self``.left``=``None` `        ``self``.right``=``None`   `# This function traverse the skewed binary tree and ` `# stores its nodes pointers in vector nodes[]` `def` `storeBSTNodes(root,nodes):` `    `  `    ``# Base case` `    ``if` `not` `root:` `        ``return` `    `  `    ``# Store nodes in Inorder (which is sorted ` `    ``# order for BST) ` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root.left,nodes)` `    ``nodes.append(root)` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root.right,nodes)`   `# Recursive function to construct binary tree ` `def` `buildTreeUtil(nodes,start,end):` `    `  `    ``# base case ` `    ``if` `start>end:` `        ``return` `None`   `    ``# Get the middle element and make it root ` `    ``mid``=``(start``+``end)``/``/``2` `    ``node``=``nodes[mid]`   `    ``# Using index in Inorder traversal, construct ` `    ``# left and right subtress` `    ``node.left``=``buildTreeUtil(nodes,start,mid``-``1``)` `    ``node.right``=``buildTreeUtil(nodes,mid``+``1``,end)` `    ``return` `node`   `# This functions converts an unbalanced BST to ` `# a balanced BST` `def` `buildTree(root):` `    `  `    ``# Store nodes of given BST in sorted order ` `    ``nodes``=``[]` `    ``storeBSTNodes(root,nodes)`   `    ``# Constructs BST from nodes[] ` `    ``n``=``len``(nodes)` `    ``return` `buildTreeUtil(nodes,``0``,n``-``1``)`   `# Function to do preorder traversal of tree` `def` `preOrder(root):` `    ``if` `not` `root:` `        ``return` `    ``print``(``"{} "``.``format``(root.data),end``=``"")` `    ``preOrder(root.left)` `    ``preOrder(root.right)`   `# Driver code` `if` `__name__``=``=``'__main__'``:` `    ``# Constructed skewed binary tree is ` `    ``#         10 ` `    ``#         / ` `    ``#         8 ` `    ``#         / ` `    ``#     7 ` `    ``#     / ` `    ``#     6 ` `    ``#     / ` `    ``# 5 ` `    ``root ``=` `Node(``10``)` `    ``root.left ``=` `Node(``8``)` `    ``root.left.left ``=` `Node(``7``)` `    ``root.left.left.left ``=` `Node(``6``)` `    ``root.left.left.left.left ``=` `Node(``5``)` `    ``root ``=` `buildTree(root)` `    ``print``(``"Preorder traversal of balanced BST is :"``)` `    ``preOrder(root)` `    `  `# This code has been contributed by Vikash Kumar 37`

## C#

 `using` `System;` `using` `System.Collections.Generic;`   `// C# program to convert a left unbalanced BST to a balanced BST `   `/* A binary tree node has data, pointer to left child ` `   ``and a pointer to right child */` `public` `class` `Node` `{` `    ``public` `int` `data;` `    ``public` `Node left, right;`   `    ``public` `Node(``int` `data)` `    ``{` `        ``this``.data = data;` `        ``left = right = ``null``;` `    ``}` `}`   `public` `class` `BinaryTree` `{` `    ``public` `Node root;`   `    ``/* This function traverse the skewed binary tree and ` `       ``stores its nodes pointers in vector nodes[] */` `    ``public` `virtual` `void` `storeBSTNodes(Node root, List nodes)` `    ``{` `        ``// Base case ` `        ``if` `(root == ``null``)` `        ``{` `            ``return``;` `        ``}`   `        ``// Store nodes in Inorder (which is sorted ` `        ``// order for BST) ` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root.left, nodes);` `        ``nodes.Add(root);` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root.right, nodes);` `    ``}`   `    ``/* Recursive function to construct binary tree */` `    ``public` `virtual` `Node buildTreeUtil(List nodes, ``int` `start, ``int` `end)` `    ``{` `        ``// base case ` `        ``if` `(start > end)` `        ``{` `            ``return` `null``;` `        ``}`   `        ``/* Get the middle element and make it root */` `        ``int` `mid = (start + end) / 2;` `        ``Node node = nodes[mid];`   `        ``/* Using index in Inorder traversal, construct ` `           ``left and right subtress */` `        ``node.left = buildTreeUtil(nodes, start, mid - 1);` `        ``node.right = buildTreeUtil(nodes, mid + 1, end);`   `        ``return` `node;` `    ``}`   `    ``// This functions converts an unbalanced BST to ` `    ``// a balanced BST ` `    ``public` `virtual` `Node buildTree(Node root)` `    ``{` `        ``// Store nodes of given BST in sorted order ` `        ``List nodes = ``new` `List();` `        ``storeBSTNodes(root, nodes);`   `        ``// Constructs BST from nodes[] ` `        ``int` `n = nodes.Count;` `        ``return` `buildTreeUtil(nodes, 0, n - 1);` `    ``}`   `    ``/* Function to do preorder traversal of tree */` `    ``public` `virtual` `void` `preOrder(Node node)` `    ``{` `        ``if` `(node == ``null``)` `        ``{` `            ``return``;` `        ``}` `        ``Console.Write(node.data + ``" "``);` `        ``preOrder(node.left);` `        ``preOrder(node.right);` `    ``}`   `    ``// Driver program to test the above functions ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `Main(``string``[] args)` `    ``{` `         ``/* Constructed skewed binary tree is ` `                ``10 ` `               ``/ ` `              ``8 ` `             ``/ ` `            ``7 ` `           ``/ ` `          ``6 ` `         ``/ ` `        ``5   */` `        ``BinaryTree tree = ``new` `BinaryTree();` `        ``tree.root = ``new` `Node(10);` `        ``tree.root.left = ``new` `Node(8);` `        ``tree.root.left.left = ``new` `Node(7);` `        ``tree.root.left.left.left = ``new` `Node(6);` `        ``tree.root.left.left.left.left = ``new` `Node(5);`   `        ``tree.root = tree.buildTree(tree.root);` `        ``Console.WriteLine(``"Preorder traversal of balanced BST is :"``);` `        ``tree.preOrder(tree.root);` `    ``}` `}`   `  ``//  This code is contributed by Shrikant13`

## Javascript

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Output

```Preorder traversal of balanced BST is :
7 5 6 8 10 ```

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