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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc] heaps
From: Raymond Wan (r.wan_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-06-11 11:46:20

Hi Dave,

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:57, David Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> At Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:07:19 +0900,
> Raymond Wan wrote:
>> That is, maybe a max-heap shouldn't be interchangeable with a priority
>> queue?  Or, that a heap should have been part of std first...but I
>> presume this project's aim is to correct this omission?  :-)
> Don't forget, the standard also has heap algorithms that use the same
> default sort criterion.

Oh! Opps...yes, sorry, I did forget about that! Thanks!

Of course, I don't know the reasons why the standard uses the >
operator. Personally, I think we're just talking about things from
two different ends. I'm just saying that the term "heap" doesn't
imply either operator. Out of convenience, books and the C++ standard
made a choice and they happened to have made different choices...but
neither is more correct than the other. Likewise, if a max-heap was
used to follow what std already does, then there is nothing wrong to
explicitly say in the documentation that "by default" a "max-heap is

I was just looking at some std heap documentation (to refresh my
memory :-) ) and it says, "Internally, a heap is a tree where each
node links to values not greater than its own value." [1] I would say
that this statement is incorrect...but that's just me being picky.

Thank you for correcting me!



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