# question regarding PriorityQueue

Dinuka Arsakularatne
Ranch Hand
Posts: 198
i got this question from the SCJP 5 book. can some one please explain to me why the value 10 has been put in the line of the code which i have commmented out below. and how does the comapre method check the Integers to determine that they must go in reverse order? i just do not understand the logic behind the compare method. please help

import java.util.*;

class pq {
static class pqsort implements Comparator<Integer>{
public int compare(Integer one, Integer two){
return two - one;

}

}

public static void main(String ar[]){

int []ia = {1,5,3,7,6,9,8};
PriorityQueue<Integer> pq1 = new PriorityQueue<Integer>();
for(int x:ia)
pq1.offer(x);
for(int x: ia)
System.out.print(pq1.poll()+" ");

System.out.println("");

pqsort pqs = new pqsort();
//PriorityQueue<Integer> pq2 = new PriorityQueue<Integer>(10,pqs);

for(int x: ia)
pq2.offer(x);
System.out.println("size"+ pq2.size());
System.out.println("peek "+ pq2.peek());
System.out.println("size "+pq2.size());
System.out.println("poll "+pq2.poll());
System.out.println("size "+pq2.size());

for(int x: ia)
System.out.println(pq2.poll());
}
}
thank you
Dinuka Arseculeratn

marc weber
Sheriff
Posts: 11343
Originally posted by Dinuka Arseculeratne:
...can some one please explain to me why the value 10 has been put in the line of the code which i have commmented out below. and how does the comapre method check the Integers to determine that they must go in reverse order? ...

The API documentation for Comparator's compare method says it returns "a negative integer, zero, or a positive integer as the first argument is less than, equal to, or greater than the second."

In this example, compare(Integer one, Integer two) simply returns two - one. Therefore, if one has a smaller value than two, the method will return a positive result indicating that one is "greater than" two. In other words, the smaller value will be ordered after the larger value.

The 10 specified in the constructor is just an initial capacity for this PriorityQueue. (See API documentation.)

Stephen O'Kane
Greenhorn
Posts: 26
maybe if you had a look around the forum (hint, search function near the top of the page), you might find another topic discussing the exact same problem, i.e.