CSC115 Assignment 5 PriorityQueue interface solution


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Objectives  More practice implementing an interface in Java  Exposure to the Priority Queue ADT  Practice implementing a Heap  Exposure to the Comparable interface Introduction This assignment has two parts: Part 1 asks you to implement the PriorityQueue interface using an array-based Heap data structure that will store Comparable objects (objects that implement the Comparable interface). A reference-based list implementation of PriorityQueue is provided for you ( and so you can run the Part1Tester and compare running times of the two implementations. The PriorityQueue implementation provided does not make use of the heap insertion and removal algorithms we discussed in lecture (that bubble-up and bubble-down, which are very efficient). Instead, any time an item is inserted, the list must be searched from the beginning to end until the correct position to insert the item is found, as the priority queue is ordered based on the item’s priority. You will implement an array-based heap (HeapPriorityQueue) that is much more efficient in its insertion and removal of items. Part 2 asks you to implement the Patient and EmergencyRoom classes. Using these classes with a priority queue will give you experience building a small application that models an emergency room in a hospital. Patients waiting to be helped are stored in the priority queue such that high priority patients are helped (ie. removed from the priority queue) first. Note that the priority queue in this assignment works with Comparable items. All classes that implement Java’s Comparable interface must provide an implementation of the compareTo method, which is a method that allows us to compare two objects and return a number that represents which of the two should come first when sorted. The compareTo method is helpful for a priority queue as it can be used to compare priority values to determine how items should be ordered within the priority queue. When implemented correctly, an object’s compareTo method has the following behaviour: – returns 0 if the two objects being compared are equal – returns a negative value if this object should be ordered before the other object – returns a positive value if this object should be ordered after the other object For example: Integer a = new Integer(7); Integer b = new Integer(9); a.compareTo(b) returns a negative value. a.compareTo(a) returns 0 String x=new String(“computer”); String y=newString(“science”); x.compareTo(y); returns a negative value. y.compareTo(x) returns a positive value Part I 1. Download the files:,,,,, and 2. Read the comments in carefully a. Add the constructors and required method stubs according to the interface in order to allow the tester to compile. 3. Compile and run the test program with to understand the behavior of the tester: javac java A5Tester linked Note: the A5Tester is executed with the word “linked” as an argument, similar to how we added the file name of mazes as an argument for the previous assignment. This argument allows us to run all of the tests against the LinkedPriorityQueue file provided for you. You will notice it is extremely slow with larger file input sizes (for the largest input size we will only test it with the heap implementation). 4. Compile and run the test program with and repeat step a and b below javac java A5Tester a. You will notice the tester crashes. You will need to implement the methods specified in the PriorityQueue interface one by one until all of the tests also pass for the implementation of a priority queue. b. Once all of the tests have passed move on to Part II. 5. You can run the tester on the LinkedPriorityQueue by running as follows: java A5Tester linked Notice how much slower it is! It even skips a test and it still very slow! Part II For this part of the assignment, you will be creating an application to support the modelling of a an emergency room in a hospital. You are asked to write the software that will manage handling patients waiting to be helped based on the priorityLevel of their ailment and their arrivalTime. Imagine… you are checking people in to an emergency room at a hospital. Each time someone arrives they get a waiting number ticket (which is a letter followed by numbers), and are asked to wait until their ticket number is called. You must make sure all high priority patients are helped before lower priority patients. For example: o A patient (A) enters with a priority level 3 ailment. You add them to the queue. o A patient (B) enters with a priority level 1 ailment. You add them to the queue ahead of the previous person (A), as priority level 1 ailments must be handled first. o Another patient (C) enters, also with a priority level 1 ailment. You add them to the queue ahead of person A (also priority level 1) but behind the person B (priority level 1) because both B and C have the same priority level but C arrived at a later time. o A doctor is now ready to help a patient, so person B gets helped and leaves the waiting room (priority queue). o A patient (D) enters with priority level 2. You add them to the queue ahead of passenger A (priority level 3) but behind passenger C (priority level 1). The given a tester that will test the functionality of your EmergencyRoom implementation and mimics a scenario similar to the one the above. The classes involved are represented in the UML diagram below. Read the tester and documentation carefully to help you understand how the classes you will be writing will be used. Submission Submit only your, and via ConneX. Please be sure you submit your assignment, not just save a draft. ALL late and incorrect submissions will be given a ZERO grade. Even if you choose not to complete all parts of the assignment, you must submit ALL files and they MUST compile with the full, uncommented tester or you will receive a ZERO grade. If you submit files that do not compile, or that do not use the correct method names you will receive a zero grade for the assignment. It is your responsibility to ensure you follow the specification and submit the correct files. Your code must not be written to specifically pass the test cases in the testers, instead, it must work on all valid inputs. We will change the input values, add extra tests and we will inspect your code for hard-coded solutions. A reminder that it is OK to talk about your assignment with your classmates, and you are encouraged to design solutions together, but each student must implement their own solution. We will use plagiarism detection software on your assignment submissions.