Heap::Simple
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DESCRIPTION
A heap is a partially sorted structure where it's always easy to extract the
smallest element. If the collection of elements is changing dynamically, a
heap has less overhead than keeping the collection fully sorted.
The order in which equal elements get extracted is unspecified.
The main order relations supported by this module are "<" (numeric compare)
and "lt" (string compare).
The module allows you to manage data where the elements are of several
allowed types, in particular array references, hash references, objects
or just the keys themselves.
The internals of the module do nothing with the elements inserted except
inspecting the key. This means that if you for example store a blessed
object, that's what you will get back on extract. It's also ok to keep
references to the elements around and make changes to them while they are
in the heap as long as you don't change the key.
SYNOPSIS
use Heap::Simple;
# Create a heap
my $heap = Heap::Simple;
my $heap = Heap::Simple->new(%options);
# Put data in the heap
$heap->insert($element);
# Put data in a "Object" or "Any" heap with a given key
$heap->key_insert($key, $element);
# Extract data
$element = $heap->extract_top;
# Extract all data whose key is not above a given value
@elements = $heap->extract_upto($max_key);
# Look which data is first without extracting
$element = $heap->first;
# Find the lowest value in the heap
$top_key = $heap->first_key; # returns undef on an empty heap
$top_key = $heap->top_key; # return infinity on an empty heap
# Find the key corresponding to a value
$key = $heap->key($value);
# Find the number of elements
$count = $heap->count;
# Empty the heap
$heap->clear;
# Get all keys (not sorted)
@keys = $heap->keys;
# Get all values (not sorted)
@values = $heap->values;
# Get/Set user_data
$user_data = $heap->user_data;
$old_data = $heap->user_data($new_data);
# Get/Set infinity
$infinity = $heap->infinity;
$old_infinity = $heap->infinity($new_data);
# Get the position of a key in an element
$key_index = $heap->key_index;
$key_name = $heap->key_name;
$key_method = $heap->key_method;
$key_function = $heap->key_function;
INSTALLATION
To install this module type the following:
perl Makefile.PL
make
make test
make install
To install this module into a specific directory, do:
perl Makefile.PL PREFIX=/name/of/the/directory
...the rest is the same...
Please also read the perlmodinstall man page, if available.
DEPENDENCIES
This module requires these other modules and libraries:
Test::More, but only in order to run the tests
AUTHOR
Ton Hospel, EHeap::Simple@ton.iguana.beE
Parts are based on code by Joseph N. Hall (http://www.perlfaq.com/faqs/id/196)
COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE
Copyright (C) 2003 Ton Hospel
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself.