A PriorityQueue is a linear data structure in which the elements are ordered according to their natural ordering or by some custom comparator provided at the queue at construction time. In PriorityQueue, the front of the queue points to the least element, and the rear points to the greatest element according to the natural Ordering. For alphabetical PriorityQueue, their ASCII values will be considered for ordering.
Some important characteristics of PriorityQueue are as follows:
- It does not allow the null elements to be inserted.
- It is an unbounded Queue that means its size can be expanded.
- It inherits the classes like Object, Abstract Collection, AbstractQueue.
- It is not thread-safe.
- It cannot be created for non-comparable objects.
Time Complexities of various operations:
- Insertion and deletion are f order O(log(n))
- remove() and contains() method is of order O(n)
- Retrieval operations are the fastest which are of order O(1)
The PriorityQueue class inherits Queue Interface and all of its methods. PriorityQueue API implements serializable, Iterable, Collection, and Queue which can be perceived from the architecture shown below.
Serializable, Iterable<E>, Collection<E>, Queue<E>
public class PriorityQueue<E> extends AbstractQueue<E> implements Serializable
Parameter: E — The type of elements held in this queue.
|add(E e)||boolean||Inserts an element e to the PriorityQueue|
|clear()||void||Removes all the elements from the PriorityQueue|
|contains(Object O)||boolean||Return true if it contains the specified element|
|iterator()||Iterator<E>||Returns an iterator over all the elements|
|remove(Object o)||boolean||Removes the specified element from the Queue|
|comparator()||Comparator<E>||Returns the custom comparator used to order th elements|
|toArray()||Object||Returns an array that contains all the elements in the PriorityQueue.|
|peek()||<E>||Return the head of the PriorityQueue without deleting the element from the Queue|
|poll()||<E>||Removes and returns the head of the queue. Returns null if the queue is empty.|
|spliterator()||Spliterator<E>||Creates a late-binding and fail-fast Spliterator over the elements in the PriorityQueue.|
PriorityQueue Head:12 PriorityQueue contents: 12 19 78 89 67 PriorityQueue contents:19 67 78 89 The queue has 7 = true PriorityQueue contents:2 7 5 9
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