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Write a function to check that a binary tree is a valid binary search tree.
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Here's a sample binary tree node class:

class BinaryTreeNode:
def __init__(self, value):
self.value = value
self.left = None
self.right = None
def insert_left(self, value):
self.left = BinaryTreeNode(value)
return self.left
def insert_right(self, value):
self.right = BinaryTreeNode(value)
return self.right

Consider this example:

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Notice that when you check the blue node against its parent, it seems correct. However, it's greater than the root, so it should be in the root's right subtree. So we see that **checking a node against its parent isn't sufficient to prove that it's in the correct spot**.

We can do this in time and additional space, where n is the number of nodes in our tree. Our additional space is if our tree is balanced.

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time and space.

The time cost is easy: for valid binary search trees, we’ll have to check *all n nodes*.

Space is a little more complicated. Because we’re doing a depth first search, node_and_bounds_stack will hold at most d nodes where d is the depth of the tree (the number of levels in the tree from the root node down to the lowest node). So we *could* say our space cost is .

But we can also relate d to n. In a balanced tree, d is \log_{2}{n}. And the *more unbalanced* the tree gets, the closer d gets to n.

In the worst case, the tree is a straight line of right children from the root where every node in that line also has a left child. The traversal will walk down the line of right children, adding a new left child to the stack at each step. When the traversal hits the rightmost node, the stack will hold *half* of the n total nodes in the tree. Half $n$ is , so our worst case space cost is .

What if the input tree has duplicate values?

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