traverse : Java Glossary

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traverse
To visit the nodes of a tree. There are three common ways of doing it. Consider the following tree:
   A
 /   \
B     C
Then post-order would process in the order: B, C, A. Pre-order would go: A, B, C. In-order would go: B, A, C. You can have depth first searches where you visit the children of a child before the siblings of a child. This is most easily done with recursion. You can have breadth first searches where you visit all your children before you visit any of your children’s children. This is usually done with a queue to track unvisited relatives.

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