# Understanding Heap Sort

Sneha Mallik
Last Updated: May 13, 2022

## Introduction

We have come across many different types of sorting algorithms. The use of sorting methods is to ease the rigorous process of sorting one by one, which can be very difficult if performed on a large dataset. Hence, sorting makes our lives easier and builds our thinking skills and the foundations required for later problem-solving.

Heap sort is one of the best techniques possible for sorting, where we first build the heap using the given elements. The heap is always a complete binary tree. We use the max heap/ min-heap property to sort the elements in ascending/descending order, respectively. Once the heap has been created satisfying all conditions, we swap the last element with the root element and delete the last node.

Heapify plays a vital role in the heap sort algorithm. We do heapify based on two logics-

i) Building the max heap

ii) Building the min-heap

In the max heap method, we take root as the max element, and then we compare it with its left and right child elements. If the left or right element data is greater than the root element data, we swap the data in both nodes. Then the heapify algorithm is called recursively to the subtree to sort out the subtrees.

Min heap method is similar to the max heap method. We search for a max element in the max heap method. In the min-heap, we will search for the min element.

Heapify is always applied in bottom-up order since heapify can only be performed if its child elements have been heapified.

## Working of Heap Sort using max-heap

Suppose we have an array of [15, 20, 7, 9, 30].

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We will be sorting the data in the array in ascending order using the heap sort method. There are two possible ways to sort the array-

1. Building Max Heap
2. Deleting the data from the max heap

After deleting all the data, we find out that the array is sorted in ascending order.

### 1) Building max heap

When building a tree, the first element to be stored is 15.

After inserting the second element 20, the tree will look like this-

As we know, in a max heap, the parent should be greater than the child element. Therefore we will swap 15 and 20.

Then we will insert seven as the right child element as the heap tree is a complete binary tree(must fill all the levels except the last level).

This satisfies the max heap property, and the level is filled. Hence it will do no swapping here.

Now we will insert 9 in the tree.

Here also, we do not need any swapping and we will be inserting 30 now.

Here we can see that the parent element is less than the child element(15 < 30). Hence we will be swapping both elements.

After checking 30 with its parent element, we see that 20 < 30. Therefore we will swap again.

Now, this is our max heap after sorting, and the array has been sorted like this-

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### 2) Deletion of data from the max heap

We have our max heap,

We will delete the first element, and the element to be deleted first in a heap is the root element. After deleting the root element, we will move the last element data into the root node and delete the last element.

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After each deletion, we have to check if the tree satisfies the max heap property. As we can see, the left child element of the root is more than the root data(15 < 20), therefore we will be needing swapping here.

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Again, we will check if the next child element is satisfying the max heap property or not. We will continue this step till we check with the last element. Now, as the tree is a max heap, the next element to be deleted is 20, and the last element data will be in the root node.

Updating the array-

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Now we know it will do swapping as the root element is smaller than the left child element.

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The next element to be deleted is the root element 15. The last element to be moved into the top will be the right child element 7.

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Since the tree is not satisfying the max heap property, we will swap the elements.

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We will be deleting the root element and shifting the last element to the root node.

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After deleting the last element 7, the array goes like this-

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## Heap Sort using Heapify Method

Let's take a binary tree, for e.g.-

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In the heapify method, we start from last, considering the child elements first, and then moving up to one level and comparing the parent elements and the comparison goes on till we reach the root node.

For e.g.-

In the above array, there are seven elements.

Using the formula, we have

[7 / 2] + 1 to 7

=> 4 to 7

=> 4th element to 7th element ( index 3 to 6 )

(In the above array, 1, 16, 10, and 30 are child elements)

In the heapify method, we consider the leaf elements as the max heap. Therefore we work on the non-leaf elements.

Therefore, in the above element, the first non-leaf element we should consider is

6 / 2 - 1 = 2nd index.

We will start the heapify method from the 2nd index with data 20(i.e., Index i=2).

We will first consider this portion and apply heapify here. Here 10 < 20, but 30 > 20. Therefore, we will swap 20 and 30.

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Since the right portion is sorted, we will decrement index i, which was at 2.

Now, i = 1. The portion to consider now is-

Here, 1 < 4 but 16 > 4. Therefore, we will swap 16 and 4.

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Again, the index i is decremented.

Therefore, i = 0.

Now we will consider this whole portion.

We can see that the left and right child elements are more than the root data. 14 < 16 and 14 < 30, but since 30 is the greatest, we will swap the right child with the root node.

We can see that the left subtree is sorted, but the right subtree is not. Therefore we will perform a comparison here.

14 > 10 and 14 < 20.

Hence we will swap 14 and 20.

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Now, the tree has been sorted, and it is a max heap done by the heapify method. For deletion, we will use heapify method only.

## Algorithm of Heap Sort

1. Build the heap using the given elements.
2. The heap must always be a complete binary tree.
3. We use the max heap/ min-heap property to sort the elements in ascending/descending order, respectively.
4. Once the heap has been created satisfying all conditions, we swap the last element with the root element and delete the last node.

Output -

## Time Complexity Analysis of Heap Sort(Only max-heap method)

### 1) For Insertion

To insert an element, the time taken = O(log N) since we insert the element to the last and compare with its root element according to the tree height. The tree's height is log N; therefore, we need O(log N) for the insertion of one element.

To insert N number of elements, the time taken will be O(N log N).

### 2) For Deletion

To delete an element, the time taken = O(log N)

To delete N number of elements, the time taken will be O(N log N).

### 3) Total time complexity

Taking the total time of insertion and deletion respectively and adding up the two, we get,

O(N log N) + O(N log N) = O(2N log N)

= O(N log N)

The time complexity of the heap sort is O(N log N).

## Time Complexity Analysis of Heap Sort(Heapify method)

Here, the time taken is O(N) since we would not be changing the height of the heap. This is a much more efficient and quick method.

## Space Complexity Analysis of Heap Sort

Space taken in heap sort is O(1) as only one extra space is required as the heap is built inside the array to be sorted.

1. What is meant by heap sort?
Heap sort is an efficient way to sort the elements in ascending or descending order using the max-heap or min-heap method.

2. Why is heap sort helpful?
The heap sort algorithm is very efficient compared to other sorting methods when performed on large datasets. The time required for heap sort increases logarithmically, whereas other sorting algorithms are exponentially slower as the number of items increases.

3. What is a heap?
Heap is a complete binary tree where the parent element is always greater than its left and right child elements. This is called a max heap. In min-heap, the parent element is always smaller than the child element.

4. What is a priority queue?
A priority queue is an extension of a queue where every item has a priority associated with it. An element having a high priority is always taken out first before the rest of the elements. Heap sort is implemented using the heap, which is an implementation of a priority queue.

5. What is the advantage of heaps over sorted arrays?
Sorting arrays can take high time complexity. Therefore we use heaps to find the largest or smallest element as a way to lessen the time and increase efficiency.

6. How is heap sort different and better from selection sort?
Heap sort uses a much more efficient method to locate the array values that have to be moved. It is also called an improved version of the selection sort as it does not waste time with a linear time traversal of the unsorted elements. In heap sort, the elements are maintained in the unsorted region in a heap data structure, enabling us to find the largest element in each step more quickly.

## Key Takeaways

In this blog, we learned what heapsort is, how it is performed, its working and how to implement its algorithm. Understanding this will help you perform sorting more efficiently.

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