Heap sort in java


In this post, we will see how to implement heap sort in java.
I will divide heap sort in multiple parts to make it more understandable.

  • What is heap?
  • Understanding complete binary tree
  • Binary heaps
  • Types of heaps
  • Heapifying an element
  • Steps for heap Sort

What is heap?

A heap is a tree with some special properties, so value of node should be greater than or equal to(less than or equal to in case of min heap) children of the node and tree should be complete binary tree.

Binary heaps

Binary heaps are those heaps which can have up to 2 children. We will use binary heaps in our next few sections.

Understanding complete binary tree:

Complete binary tree is a binary tree whose leaves are at h or h-1 level where h is height of the tree.
Index of left child= 2*(index of its parent)+1
Index of right child= 2*(index of its parent)+2

Complete Binary tree

Types of heaps

There are two types of heap.
  • Max heap
  • Min heap
Max heap : It is binary heap where value of node is greater than left and right child of the node.

Min heap : It is binary heap where value of node is lesser than left and right child of the node.

Heapifying an element:

Once we create a heap , it may not satisfy heap property. In order to make it heap again, we need to adjust locations of the heap and this process is known as heapifying the elements.
In order to create a max heap, we will compare current element with its children and find the maximum, if current element is not maximum then exchange it with maximum of left or right child.

Heapifying elements

Java code for heapifying element at location i :

Steps for heap sort:

  • Represent array as complete binary tree.
    • Left child will be at 2*i+1 th location
    • Right child will be at 2*i+2 th location.
  • Build a heap.
    • All the leaf nodes already satisfy heap property, so we don’t need to heapify them.
    • Last leaf node will be present at (n-1)th location, so parent of it will be at (n-1)/2 th location, hence (n-1)/2 will be location of last non leaf node.
    • Iterate over non leaf nodes and heapify the elements.
  • After building a heap, max element will be at root of the heap. We will exchange it with (n-1)th location, so largest element will be at proper place and remove it from the heap by reducing size of n.
  • When you exchange largest element, it may disturb max heap property, so you need to again heapify it.
  • Once you do above steps until no elements left in heap, you will get sorted array in the end.

Java code for heap sort:

When you run above program, you will get below output:


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