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− | A (planar) rooted tree for which every node has a left child, a right child, neither, or both. Three examples are: | + | A (planar) [[rooted tree]] for which every node has a left child, a right child, neither, or both. Three examples are: |

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− | <table><TR><TD valign="top">[a1]</TD> <TD valign="top"> E. Catalan, "Note sur une équation aux différences finies" ''J. Math. Pures Appl.'' , '''3''' (1838) pp. 508–516</TD></TR><TR><TD valign="top">[a2]</TD> <TD valign="top"> L. Comtet, "Advanced combinatorics" , Reidel (1974)</TD></TR><TR><TD valign="top">[a3]</TD> <TD valign="top"> I.M. Gessel, R.P. Stanley, "Algebraic enumeration" R.L. Graham (ed.) M. Grötschel (ed.) L. Lovacz (ed.) , ''Handbook of Combinatorics'' , '''II''' , Elsevier (1995) pp. 1021–1062</TD></TR><TR><TD valign="top">[a4]</TD> <TD valign="top"> R.P. Stanley, "Enumerative combinatorics" , Wadsworth and Brooks/Cole (1986)</TD></TR></table> | + | <table> |

+ | <TR><TD valign="top">[a1]</TD> <TD valign="top"> E. Catalan, "Note sur une équation aux différences finies" ''J. Math. Pures Appl.'' , '''3''' (1838) pp. 508–516</TD></TR> | ||

+ | <TR><TD valign="top">[a2]</TD> <TD valign="top"> L. Comtet, "Advanced combinatorics" , Reidel (1974)</TD></TR> | ||

+ | <TR><TD valign="top">[a3]</TD> <TD valign="top"> I.M. Gessel, R.P. Stanley, "Algebraic enumeration" R.L. Graham (ed.) M. Grötschel (ed.) L. Lovacz (ed.) , ''Handbook of Combinatorics'' , '''II''' , Elsevier (1995) pp. 1021–1062</TD></TR> | ||

+ | <TR><TD valign="top">[a4]</TD> <TD valign="top"> R.P. Stanley, "Enumerative combinatorics" , Wadsworth and Brooks/Cole (1986)</TD></TR> | ||

+ | </table> |

## Revision as of 18:26, 8 April 2016

A (planar) rooted tree for which every node has a left child, a right child, neither, or both. Three examples are:

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These three are all different.

The number of binary trees with $n$ nodes, $p$ left children, $q$ right children ($p+q=n-1$) is

$$\frac1n\binom np\binom{n}{p+1}=\frac1n\binom np\binom nq.$$

The numbers $n^{-1}\binom np\binom{n}{p+1}$ are called Runyon numbers or Narayama numbers.

A complete binary tree is one in which every node has both left and right children or is a leaf (i.e., has no children). E.g., there are two complete binary trees with five nodes:

Figure: b110530b

A complete binary tree has an odd number of nodes, say $2k+1$, and then the number of leaves is $k+1$. Label the $k+1$ leaves from left to right with symbols $x_1,\ldots,x_{k+1}$. Then the various complete binary trees with their $k+1$ leaves labelled in this order precisely correspond to all the different ways of putting brackets in the word $x_1\ldots x_{k+1}$, each way corresponding to a computation of the product by successive multiplications of precisely two factors each time. The number of ways of doing this, and hence the number of binary trees with $k+1$ nodes, is the Catalan number

$$\frac{1}{k+1}\binom{2k}{k},k=1,2,\ldots.$$

The problem of all such bracketings of a product (of numbers) was considered by E. Catalan in 1838 [a1].

The correspondence between complete binary trees and (complete) bracketings gives a bijection between complete binary trees with leaves labelled with elements from a set $X$ and the free magma on $X$.

#### References

[a1] | E. Catalan, "Note sur une équation aux différences finies" J. Math. Pures Appl. , 3 (1838) pp. 508–516 |

[a2] | L. Comtet, "Advanced combinatorics" , Reidel (1974) |

[a3] | I.M. Gessel, R.P. Stanley, "Algebraic enumeration" R.L. Graham (ed.) M. Grötschel (ed.) L. Lovacz (ed.) , Handbook of Combinatorics , II , Elsevier (1995) pp. 1021–1062 |

[a4] | R.P. Stanley, "Enumerative combinatorics" , Wadsworth and Brooks/Cole (1986) |

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