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1) Finding the maximum element is O(1) in both a max-heap (the root of the heap) and a sorted array (the last element in the array), so for this operation, both data structures are equally optimal. (The max-heap is marginally faster, since the array length doesn't need to be accessed, but this splits hairs.)

2) Assuming the index of the element is known, a deletion on a heap costs O(log n) time to bubble down. A sorted array requires all elements to be updated leading to a O(n) operation.

3) A heap can be formed in O(n) time. The sorted array will require a sort costing O(n log n).

4) Finding the minimum element in a max-heap requires visiting each of the leaf nodes in the worst case, i.e. is an O(n) operation. Finding the minimum element in a sorted array is an O(1) operation (it's the first element), so the sorted array performs (asymptotically) better.

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