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priority queue

<programming> A data structure with three operations: insert a new item, return the highest priority item, and remove the highest priority item. The obvious way to represent priority queues is by maintaining a sorted list but this can make the insert operation very slow. Greater efficiency can be achieved by using heaps.

(1996-03-12)

 


Nearby terms: priority inheritance priority interrupt priority inversion priority queue priority scheduling PRISM Prisoner of Bill
 

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