Maintaining sum of k largest items in a dynamic set

Maintain a set, allowing to add or remove elements and to query the sum of the up to k largest items.

Use two heaps

The idea is to use 2 heaps. We will use a min-heap ‘large’, where the top element is its smallest item. As well as a max-heap ‘small’, where the top element is its largest item.

large:            small:
[800, 400, 350]   [200, 100]
           ^top    ^top

The invariant is that if the set contains less than k items, then it is entirely stored in ‘large’, while ‘small’ is empty. Otherwise ‘large’ stores the k largest items of the set, and ‘small’ all the others.

Maintaining the invariant, simply consists to move items from one heap to another, if the cardinality of the large set is not k.


In the above mentioned problem, we are given n weighted intervals, and need to find a set of up to k intervals, all intersecting, maximizing the total weight of this set. This can be solved by a sweep line algorithm. Just scan the intervals from left to right, adding or removing weights to a dynamic set, when the endpoints of the corresponding intervals are processed. Fairly easy. Hence overall time complexity is O(n log n).

Implementation in Python

Here we use our implementation of lazy heaps, explained here.

from sys import stdin
from collections import Counter
from heapq import *

def readint(): return int(stdin.readline())
def readints(): return list(map(int, stdin.readline().strip().split()))
def readstr(): return stdin.readline().strip()

class dynset:
    """Maintains a multiset and keeps track of the sum of its k largest elements.
    large is the minheap containing the up to k largest elements.
    small is the maxheap containing the smaller elements.
    in fact we use a minheap but invert the values.
    def __init__(self, k):
        self.k = k
        self.large = lazyheap()
        self.small = lazyheap()

    def balance(self):
        """maintains invariant on heap sizes
        if self.large.n > self.k:
        if self.large.n < self.k and self.small.n > 0:

    def add(self, value):
        # negate value to make a maxheap

    def remove(self, value):
        # from which heap should we remove?
        if value <  

def solve(k, n, h, s, e):
    D = dynset(k)
    """scan time line by processing an event list.
    +hi means we enter interval i, -hi means we leave it.
    events = [(s[i], +h[i]) for i in range(n)]  
    events += [(e[i] + 1, -h[i]) for i in range(n)]  
    best = 0
    for (time, delta) in sorted(events):
        if delta < 0:
        best = max(best, D.large.sum)
    return best

for test in range(readint()):
    d, n, k = readints()
    h = [0] * n
    s = [0] * n
    e = [0] * n
    for i in range(n):
        h[i], s[i], e[i] = readints()
    print('Case #%d: %s' % (test + 1, solve(k, n, h, s, e)))