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This tag is for questions related to both data abstraction/encapsulation in general and for the usage of the various data structures provided by language or built by programmers. Stack and Queue are classic examples.

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Some tough and innovative problem books on data structures and algorithms

I have been reading the CLRS DSA book and want to go to the next level to get a really good brain at problem solving in the domain. Can anyone refer to such books or problem solving websites where we ...
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Introduction to product type: motivation and examples

I'm soon going to introduce product types (C struct and the like in different languages). The audience is 17 year old with a long term goal in scientific studies, ...
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What is a motivating example for a cyclic linked list?

I told students that singly linked lists can have cycles. A student asked why one would. Are there good examples, or is it just something that comes up on job interviews?
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Searching for algorithms using array, stack, queue, List or no data structure solving interesting problems

rI am a teacher in germany (high school) and I am searching for algorithms, that solve interesting problems using no data structure or linear data structures only. The goal is to motivate the students ...
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Does anyone know of any reliable summary of the complexity of common data structure operations?

It seems that the most popular source on the internet on this topic is Wikipedia and basically any other similar table I find on the internet copy this one. There are ...
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Which is the best book for algorithms before I dive into Leetcode?

I am really interested in diving into leetcode. However, I want a solid foundation on data structures and algorithms being used to solve the problems in Leetcode. Please recommend to me some books/...
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What is the technology (or combination of technologies) one would use to create slides, animations and live coding for lectures?

I teach Computer Science courses. Ideally, I would like to have all teaching materials in a website: slides, animation of data structures operations, live coding to illustrate the basic data ...
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Why might be the benefits of teaching data structure course in Python?

As the question suggests, is it a good idea to teach Data Structure course in Python. Or what be any good rationale for teaching Data Structure course in Python and not in C++.
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Textbook or video lectures to develope intuition for solving any unseen Graph Theory problems

Background Hello, I am a third year undergraduate in CS. I am eager to pursue higher education from one of the best institutes in out country. For that I need to write a competitive exam, named GATE ...
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Teaching (2,3) and AVL Trees: information in internal nodes or in external nodes?

Are there practical applications (or other reasons) to teach (2,3) and AVL search trees with both keys and the associated information (as opposed to only search keys) in the internal nodes, as opposed ...
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First Time Learning Non-Linear Data Structures

I'm looking for effective strategies and projects for introducing non-linear data structures to students. I currently teach linked lists, stacks, and then introduce binary trees. A lot of students ...
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Coding assignments for algorithms and data structures?

Do you know of any online resource with ideas/projects for an Algorithms and Data Structures course? Topics in the course include: basic data structures (array, list, stack, queue, priority queue, ...
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Understanding Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition

I'm taking a course on data structures and algorithms and it follows the book Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Edition (ISBN-10: 9780262033848) by Charles E. Leiserson, Clifford Stein, Ronald Rivest, ...
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What are competitive programming problems that require a tree data structure to solve them?

I want to practice my problem-solving skills that involve the usage of a tree data structure (e.g. Binary Search Tree, Heap, <...
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Abstract data type that has "include" "remove" and "is in" and only those

In a data structures course, we see trees, balanced trees, hash tables. These have an important thing in common: we can use them to keep a collection of elements (with operations add and remove) and ...
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How should one go into learning algorithms and data structures? What do you think is an efficient way to do so?

Should one first understand its logic and see its implementation? Or should one try to implement it first oneself? How should one learn so that one can quickly implement the algorithm or data ...
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What are some good problems which can be solved with a queue?

I am trying to introduce the idea of stacks and queues in a course on data structures. For stacks, my idea was to show some interesting examples of problems, like evaluating an expression in RPN, or ...
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How to learn to solve trees, graphs questions for competitive programming

I learnt about trees and graphs from my textbooks (undergraduate level) last year. But now I'm doing competitive programming and unable to solve questions involving these concepts. I fail to ...
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Project based on game 2048

I'm thinking about an assignment based around the game 2048. This would be towards the end of a first programming course at the university level and assumes the students have been introduced to at ...
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First project in my second year data structures intro

I am currently teaching the pretty much normal second year Data Structures and Algorithms course. In this course there are four programming projects, with the first project completed the automated ...
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Example for Introduction to Generics in Java

What are some good example classes for introducing generics in Java? I'm introducing this in the context of implementing ArrayList, but I don't want my first ...
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How to structure a Predictive Keyboard project similar to GBoard

Many are now familiar with GBoard, the Google / Android predictive Keyboard. I don't actually know how it works. Obviously it must gather usage data on the device where it is being used, but it ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of teaching how to implement Nodes, Linked Lists, Stacks, and Queues before showing built-in implementations?

I'd like to introduce my students to Nodes and then require them to implement their own Linked Lists, Queues, and Stacks before showing them that their language (C#) provides implementations of these ...
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Is there any pedagogically motivated reason to teach quadratic probing?

I'm currently preparing a unit on the implementation of hash tables for a data structures and algorithms course (this is a university-level class if it matters). Specifically, I'm focusing on ...
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How to keep students heads from exploding from complex, interconnected topics

My students will soon be learning ADO.Net in C#, adding on to the Windows programming skills that they recently gained. Just a few pages from one chapter in the textbook introduce the set of layers ...
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How to teach students to work with multiple layers of abstraction?

I'm currently preparing to teach a course on data structures and algorithms. In my past experiences helping teach similar courses, I've noticed that many students find it challenging to "hold multiple ...
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What are some good examples of using a stack data structure?

I'm looking for examples to give my students when lecturing about stacks, for use-cases of the stack in programming and life. So far I've been thinking of a pole of rings (when you can insert or ...
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Introducing self containing objects (Node)

In some programming languages, many data structures use Node<T> (The examples in the question are in Java, but I suppose they are similar in other languages): ...
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