No trees in the stdlib?

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Fri Jun 26 13:37:25 CEST 2009


Paul Rubin wrote:
> Stefan Behnel writes:
>>> Besides some interface glitches, like returning None
>>> on delete if I recall correctly.
>> That's actually not /that/ uncommon. Operations that change an object are
>> not (side-effect free) functions, so it's just purity if they do not have a
>> return value.
> 
> But deletes in an AVL tree should not cause mutation.  They should
> just allocate a new root and path up to where the deleted node was.
> That allows having references to the old and new versions of the tree,
> etc.

I doubt that there are many AVL implementations that do that. Plus, if
deletion doesn't delete, I'd happily consider that a bug.

Stefan



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