#### 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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# Understanding a Circular Linked List

In a Singly Linked List, the last node (tail) doesn't have a next node; similarly, in a Doubly Linked List, a head object's previous node reference and a tail object's next node reference are null. If we slightly modify these data structures to connect head and tail, then it can be called a Circular Linked List.

Graphically, it can be represented as follows:

From the preceding diagram, it's clear that a Circular Linked List is nothing but a LinkedList whose Head (0th node) and Tail (last node) are connected. So the implementation of a Circular Linked List is the same as a Singly or Doubly Linked List with only one difference (connecting Head and Tail).

In the modern world, the topmost trending technology, Blockchain, is implemented with LinkedList. The following table explains this:

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