Heaps are one of the more interesting and one of the relatively less emphasized data structures in undergraduate computer science. Using a min(or max)-heap, one can realize a sorting algorithm (heap-sort) that achieves the optimal sorting bound of O(n log n). In this visual, you can see how one can go about populating a min-heap (which we saw earlier). As you can see, each insertion costs O(log n) since you need to (in the worst case) move a newly inserted element up to the root of the…
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