In Data Structure a Heap is a Binary tree in which all levels have a maximum number of nodes except possibly the last level and in the last level all the nodes are to the left and the key in any node is greater than or equal to the keys in both children of the node.
The heap is also called a complete binary tree.
here in the above tree root node has a maximum value and all the nodes have greater values in comparison to their both left and right child nodes. and in the last level, all the single nodes are on the left. so this is a heap.
Properties of Heap
All levels have a maximum number of nodes except possibly the last level
In the last level, all the nodes are to the left
Heap order properties
The key in any node N is greater than or equal to the keys in both children of N
Types of Heap in the data structure
Basically, the heap has two types max heap and min heap.
What is the Max heap?
In the max heap key in any node, N is greater than or equal to the keys in both children of node N.
in the above heap, every node has a greater value in comparison to their left and child nodes. so this is a max heap.
What is Min heap
In the min-heap key in any node, N is smaller than or equal to the keys in both its children.
in the above example, all the nodes have smaller values in comparison to their left and child nodes. so this is a min-heap.
Representation of Heap
as we know that the heap is a complete binary tree so it is easy to represent the heap using sequential memory location.
let’s say we have a heap of size n then
- we store the root in an array at index 1.
- the left child of node N at index 2i.
- the right child of node n at index 2i + 1.
- Parent of node at index floor(i/2)
if the value of 2i is greater than the size of heap n then the left child of the node does not exist and if the 2i + 1 is greater than the size of heap n then the right child of the node does not exist.
Here we have a heap of size 12.
to represent this heap using an array first, we store 85 which is a root node at index 1 and 70, and 55 which is the left and right node of the root node at 2i and 2i + 1 locations.
Applications of Heap
A heap is used to solve problems where the largest or smallest value has to be found. for finding the largest values we use the max heap and for finding the smallest value we use the min heap.
We also use the heap in the selection algorithm where we need to find the kth largest element. in this problem, we build a heap a then the root is deleted k times.
We use the heap to implement a priority queue because using the heap the insertion and deletion become the O(log n).
We also use to sort elements using a heap and this sorting algorithm is called a heap sort.
Program to implement Heap using Python.
class HeapEmptyError(Exception): pass class Heap: def __init__(self, maxsize=10): self.a = [None] * maxsize self.n = 0 self.a = 99999 def insert(self, value): self.n + 1 self.a[self.n] = value self.restore_up(self.n) def restore_up(self, i): k = self.a[i] iparent = i // 2 while self.a[iparent] < k: self.a[i] = self.a[iparent] i = iparent iparent = i // 2 self.a[i] = k def delete_root(self): if self.n == 0: raise HeapEmptyError("Heap is empty") maxValue = self.a self.a = self.a[self.n] self.n -= 1 self.restore_down(1) return maxValue def restore_down(self, i): k = self.a[i] lchild = 2 * i rchild = lchild + 1 while rchild <= self.n: if k >= self.a[lchild] and k >= self.a[rchild]: self.a[i] = k return else: if self.a[lchild] > self.a[rchild]: self.a[i] = self.a[lchild] i = lchild else: self.a[i] = self.a[rchild] i = rchild lchild = 2 * i rchild = lchild + 1 if lchild == self.n and k < self.a[lchild]: self.a[i] = self.a[lchild] i = lchild self.a[i] = k def display(self): if self.n == 0: print("Heap is empty") return print("Heap size = ", self.n) for i in range(1, self.n + 1): print(self.a[i], " ", end='') print() ##################################### h = Heap(20) while True: print("1. Insert") print("2. Delete root") print("3. Display") print("4. Exit") print("Enter your choice : ") choice = int(input("Enter your choice : ")) if choice == 1: value = int(input("Enter the value to be inserted : ")) h.insert(value) elif choice == 2: print("Maximum value is ", h.delete_root()) elif choice == 3: h.display() elif choice == 4: break else: print("Wrong choice")