# Convert max heap to min

mike fusc

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Posts: 15

posted 5 years ago

Im reviewing for a final and I came across a review problem that says to convert a max string heap stored in an array to a min heap.

Now i know the answer to the question because it's not asking to code, but how would one code this in O(n) time. Basically I am thinking since the children are (2k+1) and (2k+2) in the heap you can use that to your advantage, but I'm lost other then calling SiftUp to traverse up the tree at each node.

Now i know the answer to the question because it's not asking to code, but how would one code this in O(n) time. Basically I am thinking since the children are (2k+1) and (2k+2) in the heap you can use that to your advantage, but I'm lost other then calling SiftUp to traverse up the tree at each node.

posted 5 years ago

can't you ignore the fact that you have a heap (of any kind), traverse through the elements one at a time, and insert them into a new min-heap?

I don't recall if building a heap from scratch is O(n) or not, so I may be way wrong...

I don't recall if building a heap from scratch is O(n) or not, so I may be way wrong...

There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors