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Sean Owen commented on SPARK-21401:
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You're benchmarking a lot of other changes all at once. I don't see an argument 
that sorting a list is slower than polling a queue. I don't think it can be. 
What might be faster is avoiding copying elements out of the queue to sort 
them. But why use a queue here to begin with, if that's your argument?

> add poll function for BoundedPriorityQueue
> ------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: SPARK-21401
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SPARK-21401
>             Project: Spark
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: ML, MLlib
>    Affects Versions: 2.3.0
>            Reporter: Peng Meng
>            Priority: Minor
>
> The most of BoundedPriorityQueue usages in ML/MLLIB are:
> Get the value of BoundedPriorityQueue, then sort it.
> For example, in Word2Vec: pq.toSeq.sortBy(-_._2)
> in ALS, pq.toArray.sorted()
> The test results show using pq.poll() is much faster than sort the value.
> For example, in PR https://github.com/apache/spark/pull/18624
> We get the sorted value of pq by the following code:
> {quote}
> var size = pq.size
> while(size > 0) {
> size -= 1
> val factor = pq.poll
> }{quote} 
> If using the generally used methods: pq.toArray.sorted() to get the sorted 
> value of pq. There is about 10% performance reduction. 
> It is good to add the poll function for BoundedPriorityQueue, since many 
> usages of PQ need  the sorted value.



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