Module java.base
Package java.util

Class PriorityQueue<E>

  • Type Parameters:
    E - the type of elements held in this queue
    All Implemented Interfaces:
    Serializable, Iterable<E>, Collection<E>, Queue<E>


    public class PriorityQueue<E>
    extends AbstractQueue<E>
    implements Serializable
    An unbounded priority queue based on a priority heap. The elements of the priority queue are ordered according to their natural ordering, or by a Comparator provided at queue construction time, depending on which constructor is used. A priority queue does not permit null elements. A priority queue relying on natural ordering also does not permit insertion of non-comparable objects (doing so may result in ClassCastException).

    The head of this queue is the least element with respect to the specified ordering. If multiple elements are tied for least value, the head is one of those elements -- ties are broken arbitrarily. The queue retrieval operations poll, remove, peek, and element access the element at the head of the queue.

    A priority queue is unbounded, but has an internal capacity governing the size of an array used to store the elements on the queue. It is always at least as large as the queue size. As elements are added to a priority queue, its capacity grows automatically. The details of the growth policy are not specified.

    This class and its iterator implement all of the optional methods of the Collection and Iterator interfaces. The Iterator provided in method iterator() and the Spliterator provided in method spliterator() are not guaranteed to traverse the elements of the priority queue in any particular order. If you need ordered traversal, consider using Arrays.sort(pq.toArray()).

    Note that this implementation is not synchronized. Multiple threads should not access a PriorityQueue instance concurrently if any of the threads modifies the queue. Instead, use the thread-safe PriorityBlockingQueue class.

    Implementation note: this implementation provides O(log(n)) time for the enqueuing and dequeuing methods (offer, poll, remove() and add); linear time for the remove(Object) and contains(Object) methods; and constant time for the retrieval methods (peek, element, and size).

    This class is a member of the Java Collections Framework.

    Since:
    1.5
    Author:
    Josh Bloch, Doug Lea
    See Also:
    Serialized Form
    • Constructor Detail

      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​()
        Creates a PriorityQueue with the default initial capacity (11) that orders its elements according to their natural ordering.
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(int initialCapacity)
        Creates a PriorityQueue with the specified initial capacity that orders its elements according to their natural ordering.
        Parameters:
        initialCapacity - the initial capacity for this priority queue
        Throws:
        IllegalArgumentException - if initialCapacity is less than 1
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(Comparator<? super E> comparator)
        Creates a PriorityQueue with the default initial capacity and whose elements are ordered according to the specified comparator.
        Parameters:
        comparator - the comparator that will be used to order this priority queue. If null, the natural ordering of the elements will be used.
        Since:
        1.8
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(int initialCapacity,
                             Comparator<? super E> comparator)
        Creates a PriorityQueue with the specified initial capacity that orders its elements according to the specified comparator.
        Parameters:
        initialCapacity - the initial capacity for this priority queue
        comparator - the comparator that will be used to order this priority queue. If null, the natural ordering of the elements will be used.
        Throws:
        IllegalArgumentException - if initialCapacity is less than 1
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(Collection<? extends E> c)
        Creates a PriorityQueue containing the elements in the specified collection. If the specified collection is an instance of a SortedSet or is another PriorityQueue, this priority queue will be ordered according to the same ordering. Otherwise, this priority queue will be ordered according to the natural ordering of its elements.
        Parameters:
        c - the collection whose elements are to be placed into this priority queue
        Throws:
        ClassCastException - if elements of the specified collection cannot be compared to one another according to the priority queue's ordering
        NullPointerException - if the specified collection or any of its elements are null
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(PriorityQueue<? extends E> c)
        Creates a PriorityQueue containing the elements in the specified priority queue. This priority queue will be ordered according to the same ordering as the given priority queue.
        Parameters:
        c - the priority queue whose elements are to be placed into this priority queue
        Throws:
        ClassCastException - if elements of c cannot be compared to one another according to c's ordering
        NullPointerException - if the specified priority queue or any of its elements are null
      • PriorityQueue

        public PriorityQueue​(SortedSet<? extends E> c)
        Creates a PriorityQueue containing the elements in the specified sorted set. This priority queue will be ordered according to the same ordering as the given sorted set.
        Parameters:
        c - the sorted set whose elements are to be placed into this priority queue
        Throws:
        ClassCastException - if elements of the specified sorted set cannot be compared to one another according to the sorted set's ordering
        NullPointerException - if the specified sorted set or any of its elements are null
    • Method Detail

      • add

        public boolean add​(E e)
        Inserts the specified element into this priority queue.
        Specified by:
        add in interface Collection<E>
        Specified by:
        add in interface Queue<E>
        Overrides:
        add in class AbstractQueue<E>
        Parameters:
        e - the element to add
        Returns:
        true (as specified by Collection.add(E))
        Throws:
        ClassCastException - if the specified element cannot be compared with elements currently in this priority queue according to the priority queue's ordering
        NullPointerException - if the specified element is null
      • offer

        public boolean offer​(E e)
        Inserts the specified element into this priority queue.
        Specified by:
        offer in interface Queue<E>
        Parameters:
        e - the element to add
        Returns:
        true (as specified by Queue.offer(E))
        Throws:
        ClassCastException - if the specified element cannot be compared with elements currently in this priority queue according to the priority queue's ordering
        NullPointerException - if the specified element is null
      • peek

        public E peek​()
        Description copied from interface: Queue
        Retrieves, but does not remove, the head of this queue, or returns null if this queue is empty.
        Specified by:
        peek in interface Queue<E>
        Returns:
        the head of this queue, or null if this queue is empty
      • remove

        public boolean remove​(Object o)
        Removes a single instance of the specified element from this queue, if it is present. More formally, removes an element e such that o.equals(e), if this queue contains one or more such elements. Returns true if and only if this queue contained the specified element (or equivalently, if this queue changed as a result of the call).
        Specified by:
        remove in interface Collection<E>
        Overrides:
        remove in class AbstractCollection<E>
        Parameters:
        o - element to be removed from this queue, if present
        Returns:
        true if this queue changed as a result of the call
      • contains

        public boolean contains​(Object o)
        Returns true if this queue contains the specified element. More formally, returns true if and only if this queue contains at least one element e such that o.equals(e).
        Specified by:
        contains in interface Collection<E>
        Overrides:
        contains in class AbstractCollection<E>
        Parameters:
        o - object to be checked for containment in this queue
        Returns:
        true if this queue contains the specified element
      • toArray

        public Object[] toArray​()
        Returns an array containing all of the elements in this queue. The elements are in no particular order.

        The returned array will be "safe" in that no references to it are maintained by this queue. (In other words, this method must allocate a new array). The caller is thus free to modify the returned array.

        This method acts as bridge between array-based and collection-based APIs.

        Specified by:
        toArray in interface Collection<E>
        Overrides:
        toArray in class AbstractCollection<E>
        Returns:
        an array containing all of the elements in this queue
      • toArray

        public <T> T[] toArray​(T[] a)
        Returns an array containing all of the elements in this queue; the runtime type of the returned array is that of the specified array. The returned array elements are in no particular order. If the queue fits in the specified array, it is returned therein. Otherwise, a new array is allocated with the runtime type of the specified array and the size of this queue.

        If the queue fits in the specified array with room to spare (i.e., the array has more elements than the queue), the element in the array immediately following the end of the collection is set to null.

        Like the toArray() method, this method acts as bridge between array-based and collection-based APIs. Further, this method allows precise control over the runtime type of the output array, and may, under certain circumstances, be used to save allocation costs.

        Suppose x is a queue known to contain only strings. The following code can be used to dump the queue into a newly allocated array of String:

         String[] y = x.toArray(new String[0]);
        Note that toArray(new Object[0]) is identical in function to toArray().
        Specified by:
        toArray in interface Collection<E>
        Overrides:
        toArray in class AbstractCollection<E>
        Parameters:
        a - the array into which the elements of the queue are to be stored, if it is big enough; otherwise, a new array of the same runtime type is allocated for this purpose.
        Returns:
        an array containing all of the elements in this queue
        Throws:
        ArrayStoreException - if the runtime type of the specified array is not a supertype of the runtime type of every element in this queue
        NullPointerException - if the specified array is null
      • iterator

        public Iterator<E> iterator​()
        Returns an iterator over the elements in this queue. The iterator does not return the elements in any particular order.
        Specified by:
        iterator in interface Collection<E>
        Specified by:
        iterator in interface Iterable<E>
        Specified by:
        iterator in class AbstractCollection<E>
        Returns:
        an iterator over the elements in this queue
      • clear

        public void clear​()
        Removes all of the elements from this priority queue. The queue will be empty after this call returns.
        Specified by:
        clear in interface Collection<E>
        Overrides:
        clear in class AbstractQueue<E>
      • poll

        public E poll​()
        Description copied from interface: Queue
        Retrieves and removes the head of this queue, or returns null if this queue is empty.
        Specified by:
        poll in interface Queue<E>
        Returns:
        the head of this queue, or null if this queue is empty
      • comparator

        public Comparator<? super E> comparator​()
        Returns the comparator used to order the elements in this queue, or null if this queue is sorted according to the natural ordering of its elements.
        Returns:
        the comparator used to order this queue, or null if this queue is sorted according to the natural ordering of its elements