(a) The left spine of a binary tree is a path starting at the root and following only left-child
pointers down to a leaf. What is the expected number of nodes in the left spine of an n-node
(b) What is the expected number of leaves in an n-node treap? [Hint: What is the probability that
in an n-node treap, the node with kth smallest search key is a leaf?]
(c) Prove that the expected number of proper descendants of any node in a treap is exactly equal
to the expected depth of that node.
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