Basic Data Structures

Authored by: Roberto Tamassia , Bryan Cantrill

Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  November  2009

Print ISBN: 9781584888222
eBook ISBN: 9781584888239
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781584888239-c4

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Abstract

The study of data structures, i.e., methods for organizing data that are suitable for computer processing, is one of the classic topics of computer science. At the hardware level, a computer views storage devices such as internal memory and disk as holders of elementary data units (bytes), each accessible through its address (an integer). When writing programs, instead of manipulating the data at the byte level, it is convenient to organize them into higher level entities, called data structures.

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