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shadow merge

(algorithm)

Definition: An algorithm to merge two heaps by concatenating the smaller heap to the larger, then reordering just the concatenated nodes and their parents to restore the heap property.

See also shadow heap.

Note: Personal communication from Chris L. Kuszmaul <fyodor@nas.nasa.gov>, January 1999.

Author: CLK


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Chris L. Kuszmaul, "shadow merge", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/shadowmerge.html