# 236. Lowest Common Ancestor of a Binary Tree 二叉树的最近公共祖先

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## # 题目描述

Given a binary tree, find the `lowest common ancestor (LCA)` of two given nodes in the tree.

According to the definition of LCA on Wikipedia: “The lowest common ancestor is defined between two nodes p and q as the lowest node in T that has both p and q as descendants (where we allow a node to be a descendant of itself).”

Given the following binary tree: root = [3,5,1,6,2,0,8,null,null,7,4]

Example 1:

``````Input: root = [3,5,1,6,2,0,8,null,null,7,4], p = 5, q = 1
Output: 3
Explanation: The LCA of of nodes 5 and 1 is 3.
``````

Example 2:

``````Input: root = [3,5,1,6,2,0,8,null,null,7,4], p = 5, q = 4
Output: 5
Explanation: The LCA of nodes 5 and 4 is 5, since a node can be a descendant of itself
according to the LCA definition.
``````

Note:

• All of the nodes' values will be unique.
• p and q are different and both values will exist in the binary tree.

## # 解题方法

python代码如下：

``````# Definition for a binary tree node.
# class TreeNode(object):
#     def __init__(self, x):
#         self.val = x
#         self.left = None
#         self.right = None
class Solution(object):
def lowestCommonAncestor(self, root, p, q):
"""
:type root: TreeNode
:type p: TreeNode
:type q: TreeNode
:rtype: TreeNode
"""
if not root or p == root or q == root:
return root
left = self.lowestCommonAncestor(root.left, p, q)
right = self.lowestCommonAncestor(root.right, p, q)
if left and right:
return root
return left if left else right
``````

## # 日期

2018 年 6 月 22 日 —— 这周的糟心事终于完了 2019 年 1 月 9 日 —— 时不我待