A good algorithm usually comes together with a set of good data structures that allow the algorithm to manipulate the data efficiently. In this course, part of the Algorithms and Data Structures MicroMasters program, we consider the common data structures that are used in various computational problems. You will learn how these data structures are implemented in different programming languages and will practice implementing them in our programming assignments. This will help you to understand what is going on inside a particular built-in implementation of a data structure and what to expect from it. You will also learn typical use cases for these data structures.
A few examples of questions that we are going to cover in this course are:
We look forward to seeing you in this course! We know it will make you a better programmer.
- Basics of data structures including their fundamental building blocks: arrays and linked lists
- How to use Dynamic arrays
- A very powerful and widely used technique called hashing and its applications
- How to use priority queues to efficiently schedule jobs, in the context of a computer operating system or real life
- Basic structure of binary search trees - AVL trees and Splay trees
- Applications of data structures