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Java Program to Calculate the Difference Between the Sum of the Odd Level and the Even Level Nodes of a Binary Tree

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Graph Traversal using DFS is an obvious way to traverse a tree with recursion. Below is an algorithm for traversing binary tree using DFS. 



  1. Initialize the current node as root node and the parent as -1.
  2. Traverse the Binary Tree as the in the general DFS fashion and keep of increasing the level of the node as we traverse farther from the root node.
  3. While traversing we check if the level of the current node of the binary tree is even then add in even sum else add in odd sum.
  4. Finally, print the Absolute difference of the of even sum and the odd sum.



import java.util.*;
public class GFG {
    // global variable declaration
    static ArrayList<ArrayList<Integer> > arr;
    static int val[];
    static int sum_odd = 0, sum_even = 0;
    // traverses the binary-tree/tree having parameters u,
    // par, level which denotes current node, current's
    // parent node, current level of the tree.
    static void dfs(int u, int par, int level)
        // according to level adding the node
        if (level % 2 == 0)
            sum_even += val[u];
            sum_odd += val[u];
        // exploring the child of the particular node u (2
        // in case of binary tree).
        for (int v : arr.get(u)) {
            if (v != par) {
                // recursively calling the current child
                // node to become parent of the next dfs
                // call.
                dfs(v, u, level + 1);
    public static void main(String args[])
        Scanner in = new Scanner(;
        int n = 5;
        val = new int[] { 0, 2, 10, 5, 3, 2 };
        // declaration of the ArrayList size
        arr = new ArrayList<>();
        // initialization of each array element as ArrayList
        // class
        for (int i = 0; i <= n; i++)
            arr.add(new ArrayList<>());
        //         1(2)
        //    /     \
        //   2(10)     4(3)
        //  /         /
        // 5(2)   3(5)
        // initial call of recursion
        dfs(1, -1, 0);
            "Absolute difference of sum of odd and even nodes of a binary tree "
            + Math.abs(sum_odd - sum_even));


Absolute difference of sum of odd and even nodes of a binary tree 4

Time Complexity: O(V + E) where V is the vertices and E is the edges.

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Last Updated : 05 Sep, 2022
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