988. Smallest String Starting From Leaf LeetCode Solution

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Smallest String Starting From Leaf You are given the root of a binary tree where each node has a value in the range [0, 25] representing the letters 'a' to 'z'.

Return the lexicographically smallest string that starts at a leaf of this tree and ends at the root.

As a reminder, any shorter prefix of a string is lexicographically smaller.

  • For example, "ab" is lexicographically smaller than "aba".

A leaf of a node is a node that has no children.

Example 1:

Input: root = [0,1,2,3,4,3,4]
Output: "dba"

Example 2:

Input: root = [25,1,3,1,3,0,2]
Output: "adz"

Example 3:

Input: root = [2,2,1,null,1,0,null,0]
Output: "abc"

Constraints:

  • The number of nodes in the tree is in the range [1, 8500].
  • 0 <= Node.val <= 25

Smallest String Starting From Leaf Solutions

Time: O(n)
Space: O(n)

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