Data Structure:Priority Queue

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A priority queue is a collection of elements such that each element has been assigned a priority and such that the order in which elements are deleted and processed comes from the following rules:

  1.  An element of higher priority is processed before any element of lower priority.
  2. two elements with same priority are processed according to the order in which they were added to the queue.

A prototype of a priority queue is time sharing system: programs of high priority are processed first, and programs with the same priority form a standard queue. An efficient implementation for the Priority Queue is to use heap, which in turn can be used for sorting purpose called heap sort.

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