We have discussed Huffman Encoding in a previous post. In this post, decoding is discussed.
Input Data: AAAAAABCCCCCCDDEEEEE
Frequencies: A: 6, B: 1, C: 6, D: 2, E: 5
Encoded Data: 0000000000001100101010101011111111010101010
Huffman Tree: ‘#’ is the special character usedfor internal nodes as character field
is not needed for internal nodes.
/ \ / \
A(6) C(6) E(5) #(3)
Code of ‘A’ is ’00’, code of ‘C’ is ’01’, ..
Decoded Data: AAAAAABCCCCCCDDEEEEE
Input Data: GeeksforGeeks
Character With there Frequencies
e 10, f 1100, g 011, k 00, o 010, r 1101, s 111
Encoded Huffman data: 01110100011111000101101011101000111
Decoded Huffman Data: geeksforgeeks
Follow the below steps to solve the problem:
Note: To decode the encoded data we require the Huffman tree. We iterate through the binary encoded data. To find character corresponding to current bits, we use the following simple steps:
- We start from the root and do the following until a leaf is found.
- If the current bit is 0, we move to the left node of the tree.
- If the bit is 1, we move to right node of the tree.
- If during the traversal, we encounter a leaf node, we print the character of that particular leaf node and then again continue the iteration of the encoded data starting from step 1.
The below code takes a string as input, encodes it, and saves it in a variable encoded string. Then it decodes it and prints the original string.
Below is the implementation of the above approach:
Character With there Frequencies: e 10 f 1100 g 011 k 00 o 010 r 1101 s 111 Encoded Huffman data: 01110100011111000101101011101000111 Decoded Huffman Data: geeksforgeeks
Comparing Input file size and Output file size:
Comparing the input file size and the Huffman encoded output file. We can calculate the size of the output data in a simple way. Let’s say our input is a string “geeksforgeeks” and is stored in a file input.txt.
Input File Size:
Total number of character i.e. input length: 13
Size: 13 character occurrences * 8 bits = 104 bits or 13 bytes.
Output File Size:
Character | Frequency | Binary Huffman Value |
e | 4 | 10 |
f | 1 | 1100 |
g | 2 | 011 |
k | 2 | 00 |
o | 1 | 010 |
r | 1 | 1101 |
s | 2 | 111 |
So to calculate output size:
e: 4 occurrences * 2 bits = 8 bits
f: 1 occurrence * 4 bits = 4 bits
g: 2 occurrences * 3 bits = 6 bits
k: 2 occurrences * 2 bits = 4 bits
o: 1 occurrence * 3 bits = 3 bits
r: 1 occurrence * 4 bits = 4 bits
s: 2 occurrences * 3 bits = 6 bits
Total Sum: 35 bits approx 5 bytes
Hence, we could see that after encoding the data we saved a large amount of data. The above method can also help us to determine the value of N i.e. the length of the encoded data.
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