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### Applications and construction of Min-Heaps and Max-Heaps [on hold]

I read some definitions for Min-Heaps and Max-Heaps, and I believe I've understood them but I am lacking context. In order to gain more context, I have created some questions I would like answers to ...
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### Implement heap using stack data structure

I want to implement a heap using the stack data structure. I have searched a lot on the internet. But I do not get any clue how to implement it. Can you please help me to implement a heap using the ...
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### Why is building a heap $\mathcal O(n)$ and not $\theta(n)$?

From what I see online, all seem to suggest that heapifying takes $\mathcal O (n)$ time, but it seems like it should always takes $\theta(n)$ time, even in the best case. Is something wrong with my ...
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### 3-heap max heap

I have this 3 heap max heap that I need to write the array for it, but I'm not sure how. Would it just be 20,18,13,15,11,12,16,10,9,11,13,2,9?
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### inserting into min heap

These are the instructions I been given : What does the array look like at each step when inserting "2" into the following min-heap? Give your answer as comma-separated numbers, with a ...
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### Distinct Binary Heaps

I have $n$ elements out of $n-1$ are distinct. The repeated element is either minimum or maximum element. I need to figure out how many distinct max heaps can be made from it. My analysis : I started ...
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### How to prove the performance, Big Omega ,of building a binary heap using recursive method is Ω(nlog(n))

We can learn the big-O of building a binary heap using recursive method is O(n log n) from wiki "This approach, called Williams’ method after the inventor of binary heaps, is easily seen to run in O(n ...
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### Why is heap insert O(logN) instead O(n) when you use an array?

I am studying about the arrays vs heap for make a priority queue For check the heap implementation I am reviewing this code: Heap , but I have the following question. Heap is based on array, and ...
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### heap data structure complexity

I'm trying to count running time of build heap in heap sort algorithm ...
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### Min Fibonacci Heap - increase key

I have been trying to implementing heap data structures for use in my research work. As part of that, I am trying to implement increase-key operations for min-heaps....
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### Is there an O(1) solution to find the kth-smallest element in an implicit min-heap?

I know this would be an O(k log n) operation on a traditional heap, and I know there are ways to maintain Kth-smallest over a stream of inserts/deletes for constant-time access... My question though ...
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### Returning sorted lowest k elements in a binary heap

Given a binary heap of size $n$ and a number $k\le n$. How can I return an array with size $k$, which contains the $k$ lowest elements in the binary heap, so that it will be sorted in the end? The ...
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### What is the index of the leftest child of node in a k-nery heap?

Suppose the root node‘s index is 1, what is the index of the leftest child of a node e in a k-nery heap? What is the parent‘s index of a node in k-nery heap? All questions regarding my problem I ...
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### Number of possible heaps on $\{1,…,2^h-1\}$

Let $C_h$ be the number of possible heaps for the set of keys $\{1,...,2^h-1\}$. Determine a recurrence relation for $C_h$ via the substitution method and prove it. Definition A binary tree ...
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### When inserting an element in a priority queue and the heap size is already at max capacity, should you output an error OR increase the array size?

I'm currently learning about how to implement priority queues using heaps, but I've hit a wall while trying to implement the insertion operation. Assume that the size of the array storing the ...
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### Why is Binary Heap never unbalanced?

My professor asks this question: Binary Search tree has Rotation Method to prevent it from degenerating into a linear structure (unbalanced tree). Why is there no need for such method for Binary Heaps?...
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### Priority queue with a buffer for delayed insertion and other tweaks

I was thinking of ways to optimise a (heap-based) priority queue in certain scenarios, like in best-first path search algorithms (Dijkstra, A*, etc.). One possible optimisation is to delay insertions ...
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### Alternative proof of the fact that heapify can be linear-time

As an exercise, I'm trying to prove by myself that constructing a binary heap from an array in-place can be $O(N)$. I've come up with an idea, but I'm not sure about its correctness. Firstly, I ...
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### Difficulty understanding the solution of heap problem in CLRS book?

I am reading the solution of this problem in CLRS: Show that there are at most $\lceil {n/2^{h+1}} \rceil$ nodes of height $h$ in any $n$-element heap. Solution: All the nodes of height $h$ ...
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### Binary search on a path of minimum heap

WhereTo(H,X) is searching for the place to set X (an integer) in a minimum heap-H. The function is executing a binary search on a path of a heap. Assumption: We have the specific path because it ...
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### Why use heap over red-black tree?

Heap supports insert operation in $O(\log n)$ time. And while heap supports remove min/max in $O(\log n)$ time, to remove any element (non min/max) heap takes $O(n)$ time. However, red-black tree ...
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### Mergable heap with no key knowledge cannot EXTRACT-MIN in $o(\log n)$ amortized time

We are looking into Fibonacci heaps in class at the moment, but I am stuck with this problem. Let $H$ be a mergable heap structure, by which is meant a data structure, where each element has a key, ...
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### Number of possible min heaps

The number of possible min-heaps containing each value from {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7} exactly once is -------------- According to me, the answer should be 48. The first element 1 is fixed as root. The ...
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### Short Fibonacci Heap

Is it possible to create a Fibonacci Heap that has exactly 5 nodes: one root node and 4 children of that root?. If yes please explain the sequence of operations to do so. If it is not possible then ...
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### An algorithm to efficiently insert a list of elements into a binary heap (“bulk insertion”)

I wonder if there is any elegant algorithm for inserting a list of elements into a binary heap (at once) whose performance would be close to that of inserting elements one by one when there are only a ...
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### An algorithm to drop low-priority items from a heap-based priority queue

I am looking for an efficient algorithm to drop from a complete binary min heap all items whose weight exceeds a given value. (Or, equivalently, to drop from a priority queue realised by such a heap ...
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### heap pop creates unbalanced tree?

say you have a min-heap. Popping removes the root and replaces it with the value of one of the leaves and then heapifies. couldnt this last heapify result in an unbalanced tree? is there something ...
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### Prove number of nodes in heap

Consider a variation of the normal heap which we will call the x-heap The x-heap of height $h$ has the following properties: It will have $2^h$ nodes A height of $0$ corresponds to the single root ...
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### Heap operating in time $\Gamma^{-1}(n)^2$

I have a priority queue implementation which I claim has the following worst case asymptotic run-times for the given operations: PEEK_MIN …………………………… O(1) POP_MIN…………………………… O( (INVERSE_Γ(n)) ^2). ...
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### Complexity of forming a min heap out of a given array with k inversions

If a given heap has $k$ inversions, what is the complexity of making it into a valid min heap? We could define an inversion as a tuple (node, descendant), where the node has a key value strictly ...
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### Is there a name for this priority queue data structure?

While watching a sports tournament, I noticed that the tournament tree looks a lot like a heap. I came up with the following data structure: A complete binary tree where the leaves are elements of ...
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### d-ary heap implementation vs Fibonacci heap implementation Dijkstra performance comparions

Let's say that Dijkstra’s algorithm with the priority queue using a d-ary heap. if adjusting d, we can try to achieve the best runtimes for the algorithm with d being $\sim |E|/|V|$. Then for a ...
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### Why is a heap better than a linked list for implementation of a priority queue?

Using a heap, you have O(log(n)) insertion and O(log(n)) removal. Using a linked list, you have O(n) insertion and O(1) removal. Why is it better to have log-n for both than n for one and constant ...
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### How does the equation for min heap array indexing work?

I've been reading about min heaps, currently looking at this article, and I am very confused by something. The article makes the following statement: If a given node is located at index 'x' in the ...
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### Heap structure in array, computing parent and child

I am studying data structures from Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, and Stein, and in the section of heapsort it talks about a data structure beneath the algorithm : a heap, ...
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### Complexity of closest set of points in plane problem

Given a set of points on a plane find the set of $n$ points that are closest to the origin. (Points are pairs of integers.) Input: list of points. Initialize a priority queue $Q$, where ...
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### Priority queue of constant size fit for extraction of K highest priority elements

In an algorithm I'm designing, I need to do this cycle on a priority queue of constant size N many times, as quickly as possible: get $K$ highest priority elements (do on them some outside ...
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### Randomized meldable heap - meld is oversimplified?

On both Wikipedia and the paper it was introduced the randomized meldable heap uses the following procedure to meld two heaps: ...
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### How to construct a max heap that preserves insertion order for duplicate elements?

I have a priority queue (using a max heap) that preserves insertion order for duplicate priorities, such that equal priorities fall back to FIFO behaviour. I'm doing this by creating a node with the ...
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### Why is a Fibonacci-Tree of rank 1 consolidated with one of rank n in this Fibonacci-Heap?

In the solution to problem 2 of this exercise sheet: The height of $n$-node Binomial Heap is always $O(\log{n})$. Show that this is not the case for Fibonacci Heaps by exhibiting, for ...
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### Why can't popmin in binomial heap just take the main root value?

Why is there a need to scan each root node of the binomial trees in a binomial heap to find the minimum? For example, why can't the true root of the binomial heap, the one that leads to the root ...
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### Worst case time complexity of heap sort

I was learning about heaps, and came to know that the worst case time complexity of heap sort is Ω(n lg n). I am having a hard time grasping this. My reasoning is as follows: ...