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In this lab, you will explore one implementation of a priority queue. Additionally, you will implement a sorting
algorithm based on the data structure.

1 Maximum Binary Heap1.1 Properties

A maximum binary heap is a binary tree structure (not a BST) with two additional properties:
• The structure property: a binary heap is a complete binary tree. This means that every level of the tree, except
possibly the last, is fully filled. The last level of the tree must be filled in from left to right.
• The heap property: the value at each node is greater than or equal to the values of its children. (Note that this
ordering would be reversed for a minimum binary heap.)

1.2 Our Implementation

Rather than reinvent array-based lists again, in this lab, you’ll be using Python lists with Python’s list methods
to store the underlying tree structure. You can (and should) use list.append(item) to add to the end of a list,
list.pop() to remove (and return) the last item in a list, and len(list) to return the length of a list.
You should not import any Python standard library modules into your code.
As discussed in class, index 0 of the list should be left blank to allow for easier formulas when “traversing” the tree.

1.3 Operations

You will implement the following operations for a maximum binary heap:
• enqueue This function takes a maximum binary heap and an item as arguments and adds the item to the heap
in the appropriate position. After the function finishes, the heap should still satisfy the above properties. This
function will not return anything.

This function should have O(log n) worst case and O(1) average case time complexity (as discussed in class).
• dequeue This function takes a maximum binary heap as an argument and removes (and returns) the largest
item from the heap. After this function finishes, the heap should still satisfy the above properties.
If the heap is empty, this function should raise an IndexError.
This function should have O(log n) worst case time complexity.
• peek This function takes a maximum binary heap as an argument and returns (without removing) the largest
item in the heap.

If the heap is empty, this function should raise an IndexError.
This function should have O(1) time complexity.
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• size This function takes a maximum binary heap as an argument and returns the number of items in the heap.
(Note that this will not be the size of the underlying list, but it will be close.)
This function should have O(1) worst case time complexity.
• _contents This function takes a maximum binary heap as an argument and returns a list of the contents of
the heap in the order they are stored in the heap’s internal list. The return value should only include the
“filled” spots in the list.
You may find this useful for testing.

Note that the leading underscore is not a typo. It’s generally bad practice for a function like this to exist, and
so we’re using the Python standard practice of a leading underscore to mean that it’s not meant to be used
directly by “users” of your MaxHeap structure. You should only be using this for testing.
While not explicitly specified, you will likely find it helpful to write separate functions for sifting (percolating)
up/down.

1.4 Other Functions

You will additionally implement the following functions related to the heap structure:
• heapify This function takes a list as an argument and builds and returns a maximum binary heap out of the
items in the list. The input list should not be modified in any way.
You should not implement this by repeatedly enqueuing each item in the list. Rather, you should use the
heapify algorithm discussed in class, where we repeatedly sift (percolate) items down, from the bottom up.
This function should have O(n) worst case time complexity.

• heap_sort This function takes a list as an argument and mutates the list to be sorted in ascending order. It
will do this by building a heap with the items in the list and them dequeuing them back into the given list.
This function should have O(n log n) worst case time complexity.