# Simple Java solution, O(log(n)^2), 108 ms, with explanation

• ``````public class Solution {
public int countNodes(TreeNode root) {
return root == null ? 0 : findLastIndex(root, 1);
}
private int lHeight(TreeNode node, int count) {
return node == null ? count - 1 : lHeight(node.left, count + 1);
}
private int findLastIndex(TreeNode node, int currIndex) {
if (node.left == null && node.right == null) return currIndex;
if (lHeight(node.left, 1) == lHeight(node.right, 1))
return findLastIndex(node.right, currIndex * 2 + 1);
else return findLastIndex(node.left, currIndex * 2);
}
}
``````

Before understanding my solution, I'm gonna explain what does "index" mean in this solution.

If we mark the tree nodes from left to right, top to bottom with increasing integers, starting with 1, then let's call this number "Index". There are some properties of it:

(1) The largest index is the answer we want. It equals to the number of nodes.

(2) Since it's complete binary tree, for a node with index x, the left child, if exist, has index `2 * x`. The right child, if exist, has index `2 * x + 1`.

So in this solution, I'm trying to "walk" to the node with largest index starting from the root, which has index `1`. Let's denote the height of left child tree is `lH`, the height of right child tree is `rH`:

(1) if `lH == rH`, meaning left child tree is a full tree, the last node must be in the right child tree. So we move to the right child node.

(2) Otherwise, the last node must be in the left child tree, so we move to the left.

So by "tracing" the node with largest index, we can find the answer.

Time complexity:
Because the total number of steps equals to the height of the tree `h`, at each step, calculating the height will cost time `O(h - current step)` so the time complexity is `h + (h - 1) + (h - 2) + ... + 1 = O(h^2) = O(log(n)^2)`.

• brilliant solution

• great solution , just that height at each level is re-calculated , even if its calculated in its parent's height call.

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