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CISC 3130 Data Structures: Data Structures

Professor Chuang Spring 2020 OER

What are Data Structures?

What are data structures?

  • A data structure is an arrangement of data in a computer’s memory
  • We refer to them as abstract representations used to talk about logistics of low level data management and retrieval
  • Examples of data structures include stacks, queues, lists and trees

Data Structures & Algorithms

  • Algorithms refer to the logistics in manipulating data in these structures, such as searching or sorting.
  • Data structures & algorithms go hand in hand, let’s focus on data structures first to know what we’re dealing with.

Data Structures

  • Arrays (container object in Java)
  • Linked Lists
    • Simple Linked List
    • Double Ended Linked List
    • Doubly Linked List
    • Sorted Linked List
  • Hashmaps
  • Binary Trees
    • Binary Search Tree
    • Heap
  • Graphs


Suggested Reading


Topic Chapter
Lafore Ch 2
Stacks & Queues Lafore Ch 4,
CLRS Ch 10
Linked List Lafore Ch 5,
CLRS Ch 10
Binary Trees, BST Lafore Ch 8,
CLRS Ch 12
Heaps Lafore Ch 12
Graphs Lafore Ch13



Data Structures

Time Complexity


Data Structure Search Insertion Deletion Traversal
Array O(n) O(1) O(n)  
Stack   O(1) O(1)  
Queue   O(1) O(1)  
Linked List O(n) O(n) O(n) O(n)
Binary Search Treee O(logn) O(logn) O(logn) O(n)
HashMap O(1) O(1) O(1)