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i want to draw the tree in the following picture :

enter image description here

i have write :



  \tikzstyle{level 1}=[sibling distance=50mm]
  \tikzstyle{level 2}=[sibling distance=30mm]
   \node(a) {\textcolor{red}{2}|2}
        child {node(b) {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}
        child {node(f) {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}}
            child {node(g)[rectangle, draw] {
            \scalebox{0.6}{% size of the array
                            \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4
            child {node(d) {\textcolor{red}{5} | 2}}
   child {node(c)[rectangle, draw] {
\scalebox{0.8}{% size of the array
            \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4
            child {node(e) {\textcolor{red}{7} | 2}
            child {node(f) {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}}
            child {node(g)[rectangle, draw] {
                            \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4 & \textcolor{red}{2}|4
              child {node(d) {\textcolor{red}{5} | 3}}

  \draw[dashed] (a) -- (b);


I get this result :

enter image description here

How can i proceed to draw the many egde form the array child of the parent to the other child , thank u in advance

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Have you thought of using the rectangle split node shape? Although the PGF manual only shows the anchors of a vertically split node, there are probably also proper anchors for a horizontally split node (.text south, .two south, .three south, …?). – Qrrbrbirlbel Jan 19 '13 at 23:57
You have repeated node names: d, f, g – hpesoj626 Jan 19 '13 at 23:59
If you were thinking about the red dashed lines parallel to the actual edges the /pgf/decoration/raise option may come in handy. – Qrrbrbirlbel Jan 20 '13 at 0:03
@Qrrbrbirlbel i have put for example \draw[decorate,decoration={raise=6pt,amplitude=10pt}, thick] (a)--(b); but it does not work – Wassim Sboui Jan 20 '13 at 0:21
@WassimSboui For once, you have at least to specify a decoration (the manual uses crosses). On the other side decoration={lineto,raise=6pt} does not work either, so more effort will be needed to make that work. The next best thing would be a custom to path, I guess. – Qrrbrbirlbel Jan 20 '13 at 0:44
up vote 12 down vote accepted


  • Fixed the node names. For easier reference, I named the node from top to bottom, left to right with a,b,....
  • As suggested by Qrrbrbirlbel, I used the rectangle split node shape available in the library shapes.multipart instead of the tabular environment.
  • Instead of defining a new to path I used the brace decoration from the decorations.pathreplacing library instead and set amplitude=0pt. Hacky, but it works.
  • I removed \scalebox and replaced this with scale=0.8.
  • Update I encolsed each | with $...$. As mentioned by Qrrbrbirbel in comment, to draw the pipes: |, use \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in your preamble: How to insert pipe symbol in (La)TeX?. For good measure, write also \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}.
  • Instead of defining the coordinates in terms of the default ones in the rectangle split node shape, I defined them relative to only two coordinates of the node.
  • I replaced \tikzstyle, which is deprecated, with \tikzset.
  • There is no need to define red as color since this is already predefined. Also, there is no need to load the color package since tikz uses xcolor internally.

Updated Code


    my shape 1/.style={circle, draw},
    my shape 2/.style={
        rectangle split, 
        rectangle split parts=#1, 
        anchor = center, 
        rectangle split horizontal},

    \tikzset{level 1/.style={sibling distance=50mm},
             level 2/.style={sibling distance=30mm}}
    \node (a) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{2}|2}
    child {node(b) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}
        child {node(e) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}}
        child {node(f)[my shape 2=6,scale=0.8] {
                \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{two} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{three} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{four} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{five} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{six} \textcolor{red}{2}|4
        child {node(g) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{5}|2}}
    child {node(c)[my shape 2=6,scale=0.8] {
            \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{two} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{three} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{four} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{five} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{six} \textcolor{red}{2}|4
    child {node(d) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{7}|2}
        child {node(h) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{2}|4}}
        child {node(i)[my shape 2=6,scale=0.8] {
                \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{two} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{three} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{four} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{five} \textcolor{red}{2}|4 \nodepart{six} \textcolor{red}{2}|4
        child {node(j) [my shape 1] {\textcolor{red}{5}$|$3}}

    \foreach \xleft/\leftpos in {1/0.416,3/0.2083,5/.375,7/.542,9/.7083,11/.875} {
        \coordinate (c\xleft) at ($(c.south west)!\leftpos!(c.south east)$);
        \coordinate (f\xleft) at ($(f.north west)!\leftpos!(f.north east)$);}

    \foreach \x/\arrowcol in {1/blue,3/green,5/red,7/yellow,9/orange,11/purple}
        \draw [->,\arrowcol] (c\x)  .. controls ++(-90:0.5) and ++(0:0.5) .. ($(c\x)!.5!(f\x)$)
            ($(c\x)!.5!(f\x)$) .. controls ++(180:0.5) and ++(90:0.5) .. (f\x);

    \foreach \xright/\rightpos in {2/.125,4/.2917,6/.4583,8/.625,10/.7917,12/.9583} {
        \coordinate (c\xright) at ($(c.south west)!\rightpos!(c.south east)$);
        \coordinate (i\xright) at ($(i.north west)!\rightpos!(i.north east)$);}

    \foreach \x/\arrowcol in {2/blue,4/green,6/red,8/yellow,10/orange,12/purple}
        \draw [->,\arrowcol,dashed] (c\x)  .. controls ++(-90:0.5) and ++(0:0.5) .. ($(c\x)!.5!(i\x)$)
            ($(c\x)!.5!(i\x)$) .. controls ++(180:0.5) and ++(90:0.5) .. (i\x);

    \draw [postaction={draw,decorate,decoration={brace,raise=-3pt,amplitude=0pt},dashed,red}] (a) -- (b);

\coordinate (a*) at (c9);
\coordinate (b*) at ([yshift=-0.2cm]a*);
\draw (a*) -- (b*);
\draw ([xshift=-0.3cm]b*) -- ([xshift=0.3cm]b*);
\foreach \x in {-0.8,-0.4,0,.4,0.8}
\draw ([xshift=\x em]b*) -- +(-0.1,-0.2);

Updated Output

enter image description here

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About that |: How to insert pipe symbol in (La)TeX? – Qrrbrbirlbel Jan 20 '13 at 11:17
@Qrrbrbirlbel Thanks for that! I have updated the answer. :-) – hpesoj626 Jan 20 '13 at 11:45
Those coordinate declarations beg for \foreach ;) – percusse Jan 20 '13 at 12:08
@hpesoj626 Thank u for ur work , but how about the Chassis ground ? google.fr/… – Wassim Sboui Jan 20 '13 at 12:12
@WassimSboui I didn't know that it was part of your question. I don't know if there is a pre-defined shape like that. I looked at circuitikz but this is the ground that I saw epsic.ch/cours/electronique/techn99/elniq/elnmodl6.gif. But the figure are just composed of segments so it will not be hard to create. See my edit. – hpesoj626 Jan 20 '13 at 13:47

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