A `TreeNode`

is a data structure that represents one entry of a tree, which is composed of multiple of such nodes.

The topmost node of a tree is called the “root”, and each node (with the exception of the root node) is associated with one parent node. Likewise, each node can have an arbitrary number of child nodes. An implementation of a `TreeNode`

class in Python should have functions to add nodes, remove nodes, and traverse nodes within the tree.

class TreeNode:def __init__(self, value):self.value = value # dataself.children = [] # references to other nodesdef add_child(self, child_node):# creates parent-child relationshipprint("Adding " + child_node.value)self.children.append(child_node)def remove_child(self, child_node):# removes parent-child relationshipprint("Removing " + child_node.value + " from " + self.value)self.children = [child for child in self.childrenif child is not child_node]def traverse(self):# moves through each node referenced from self downwardsnodes_to_visit = [self]while len(nodes_to_visit) > 0:current_node = nodes_to_visit.pop()print(current_node.value)nodes_to_visit += current_node.children

There are two ways to describe the shape of a tree. Trees can be *wide*, meaning that each node has many children. And trees can be *deep*, meaning that there are many parent-child connections with few siblings per node. Trees can be both *wide* and *deep* at the same time.

Trees in computer science are often talked about similarly to family trees. A tree node that references one or more other nodes is called a “parent”.

A tree node can be a “parent” and a “child” simultaneously, because they are not exclusive. For instance, a node ‘b’ can be the child of node ‘a’, while being the parent to nodes ‘d’ and ‘e’. However, a child can only have one parent, while a parent can have multiple children.

Trees are a data structure composed of nodes used for storing hierarchical data.

Each tree node typically stores a value and references to its child nodes.

A tree node contains a value, and can also include references to one or more additional tree nodes which are known as “children”.

In a tree data structure, the node that is not the child of any other node is called the *root* of the tree. A tree can only have one root.