#### Overview of this book

Data structures and algorithms are more than just theoretical concepts. They help you become familiar with computational methods for solving problems and writing logical code. Equipped with this knowledge, you can write efficient programs that run faster and use less memory. Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Kotlin book starts with the basics of algorithms and data structures, helping you get to grips with the fundamentals and measure complexity. You'll then move on to exploring the basics of functional programming while getting used to thinking recursively. Packed with plenty of examples along the way, this book will help you grasp each concept easily. In addition to this, you'll get a clear understanding of how the data structures in Kotlin's collection framework work internally. By the end of this book, you will be able to apply the theory of data structures and algorithms to work out real-world problems.
Preface
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Section 1: Getting Started with Data Structures
A Walk Through - Data Structures and Algorithms
Arrays - First Step to Grouping Data
Section 2: Efficient Grouping of Data with Various Data Structures
Understanding Stacks and Queues
Maps - Working with Key-Value Pairs
Section 3: Algorithms and Efficiency
Deep-Dive into Searching Algorithms
Understanding Sorting Algorithms
Section 4: Modern and Advanced Data Structures
Collections and Data Operations in Kotlin
Introduction to Functional Programming
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Assessments

# Understanding a Singly Linked List

A Singly Linked List has a node containing the data and, at most, one reference pointing to the next node. If we try to represent a Singly Linked List in a diagram to make you understand it, this is what it looks like:

Let's implement a Singly Linked List to understand it further:

`class LinkyList<E> {    private var size = 0    private var head: Node<E>? = null    private var tail: Node<E>? = null    private inner class Node<E> constructor(internal var element: E, internal var next: Node<E>?)}`

The preceding snippet isn't the full implementation of a Singly Linked List. It's just a template of what the data structure looks like. We'll keep on adding multiple methods to perform different operations. A few points to remember from the preceding snippet are as follows:

• The class name is modified...