how to use "heapq" module as a max-heap?

Paddy3118 paddy3118 at
Sun Mar 29 15:49:22 CEST 2009

On Mar 29, 8:36 am, "Apollo" <tju... at> wrote:
> as we all known, in the standard module 'heapq',  we can easily get the smallest item from the heap. i.e. it's an implementation of min-heap.
>  my question is how to use 'heapq' to extract the biggest item from the heap?  is it possible?
>  thanks  in advance.:)

If heapifying something that will be compared by number, then use the
negative of the number in the object to be heapified. You can then
negate it when popped.

- Paddy.

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