Is a point on the boundary of a rectangle considered inside it? Do two rectangle intersect if they have just one point in common? Yes and yes, consistent with the implementation of RectHV.java.
Can I use the distanceTo()
method in Point2D
and RectHV
?
No, you may use only the subset of the methods listed. You should be able to accomplish
the same result (more efficiently) with distanceSquaredTo()
.
Can I use the X_ORDER()
and Y_ORDER()
comparators
in Point2D
?
No, you may use only the subset of the methods listed. You should be able to accomplish
the same result by calling the methods x()
and y()
.
What should I do if a point is inserted twice in the data structure? The data structure represents a symbol table, so you should replace the old value with the new value.
What should points()
return if there are no points in the data structure?
What should range()
return if there are no points in the range?
The API says to return an Iterable<Point2D>
, so you should return
an iterable with zero points.
What should nearest()
return if there are two (or more) nearest points?
The API does not specify, so you may return
any nearest point (up to floating-point precision).
I run out of memory when running some of the large sample files. What should I do?
Be sure to ask Java for additional memory,
e.g., java-algs4 -Xmx1600m RangeSearchVisualizer input1M.txt
.
In which order should the points()
method in PointST
return the points?
The API does not specify the order, so any order is fine.
What makes KdTreeST difficult? How do I make the best use of my time? Debugging performance errors is one of the biggest challenges. It is very important that you understand and implement the key optimizations described in the assignment specification:
range()
or nearest()
until you understand these rules.
I'm nervous about writing recursive search tree code. How do I even start on KdTreeST.java?
Use BST.java as a guide.
The trickiest part is understanding how the put()
method works. You do not need to
include code that involves storing the subtree sizes
(since this is used only for ordered symbol table operations).
Will I lose points for a non-recursive implementation of range search? No. While we recommend using a recursive implementation (both for elegance and as a warmup for nearest-neighbor search), you are free to implement it without using recursion.
What should I do if a point has the same x-coordinate as the point in a node when inserting or searching in a 2d-tree? Go to the right subtree as specified in the assignment under Search and insert.
How do I generate a uniformly random point in the unit square?
Make two calls to StdRandom.uniform(0.0, 1.0)
—one for the x-coordinate
and one for the y-coordinate.
Sample input files. Download kdtree.zip. It contains sample input files in the specified format.
Testing put()
and points()
in KdTreeST
.
The client KdTreeVisualizer.java
reads a sequence of points from a file (given as a command-line argument) and
draws the corresponding kd-tree. It does so by reconstruting the kd-tree from
the level-order traversal returned by points()
.
Note that it doesn’t seem to work when there are two
(or more) points with the same x- or y-coordinate.
input5.txt input8.txt input10.txt
Testing range()
and nearest()
in KdTreeST
.
A good way to test these methods is to perform
the same sequence of operations on both the PointST
and
KdTreeST
data types and identify any discrepancies.
The key is to implement a reference solution in which you have confidence.
The brute-force implementation PointST
can serve this purpose
in your testing.
range()
in PointST
and blue the points returned by
the method range()
in KdTreeST
.
nearest()
in PointST
and blue the point returned by
the method nearest()
in KdTreeST
.
These are purely suggestions for how you might make progress on KdTreeST.java
.
You do not have to follow these steps.
private class Node { private Point2D p; // the point private Value val; // the symbol table maps the point to this value private RectHV rect; // the axis-aligned rectangle corresponding to this node private Node lb; // the left/bottom subtree private Node rt; // the right/top subtree }
isEmpty()
and size()
. These should be very easy.
put()
which does everything except set up the
RectHV
for each node. Write the get()
and contains()
method, and use these to test that
put()
was implemented properly. Note that put()
and get()
are best implemented by using private helper methods analogous to those found on page 399
and in BST.java.
We recommend using the orientation (vertical or horizontal) as an argument to these helper methods.
A common error is to not rely on your base case (or cases). For example, compare the following two
get()
methods for searching in a BST:
In the latter method, extraneous null checks are made that would otherwise be caught by the base case. Trust in the base case. Your method may have additional base cases, and code like this becomes harder and harder to read and debug.private Value get(Node x, Key key) { if (x == null) return null; int cmp = key.compareTo(x.key); if (cmp < 0) return get(x.left, key); else if (cmp > 0) return get(x.right, key); else return x.val; }private Value overlyComplicatedGet(Node x, Key key) { if (x == null) return null; int cmp = key.compareTo(x.key); if (cmp < 0) { if (x.left == null) return null; else return overlyComplicatedGet(x.left, key); } else if (cmp > 0) { if (x.right == null) return null; else return overlyComplicatedGet(x.right, key); } else return x.val; }
points()
method. Use this to check the structure of your
kd-tree.
put()
which sets up the RectHV
for each Node
.
range()
method.
Test your
implementation using RangeSearchVisualizer.java,
which is described in the testing section.
nearest()
method. This is the hardest method. We
recommend doing it in stages.
Test your implementation using NearestNeighborVisualizer.java, which is described in the testing section.
A video, worksheet, and coding tips are provided for those wishing additional assistance. Warning: the videos were produced in 2014 and are somewhat out of date. For example the API has changed.
These are many ways to improve performance of your 2d-tree. Here are some ideas.
distanceSquaredTo()
but not distanceTo()
.
RectHV
in each 2d-tree node (though it
is probably wise in your first version).