#### Overview of this book

Data structures allow you to store and organize data efficiently. They are critical to any problem, provide a complete solution, and act like reusable code. Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Python teaches you the essential Python data structures and the most common algorithms for building easy and maintainable applications. This book helps you to understand the power of linked lists, double linked lists, and circular linked lists. You will learn to create complex data structures, such as graphs, stacks, and queues. As you make your way through the chapters, you will explore the application of binary searches and binary search trees, along with learning common techniques and structures used in tasks such as preprocessing, modeling, and transforming data. In the concluding chapters, you will get to grips with organizing your code in a manageable, consistent, and extendable way. You will also study how to bubble sort, selection sort, insertion sort, and merge sort algorithms in detail. By the end of the book, you will have learned how to build components that are easy to understand, debug, and use in different applications. You will get insights into Python implementation of all the important and relevant algorithms.
Preface
Free Chapter
Python Objects, Types, and Expressions
Python Data Types and Structures
Principles of Algorithm Design
Lists and Pointer Structures
Stacks and Queues
Trees
Hashing and Symbol Tables
Graphs and Other Algorithms
Searching
Sorting
Selection Algorithms
String Algorithms and Techniques
Design Techniques and Strategies
Implementations, Applications, and Tools
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# Selection sort algorithms

Another popular sorting algorithm is the selection sort. The selection sorting algorithm begins by finding the smallest element in the list, and interchanges it with the data stored at the first position in the list. Thus, it makes the sub-list sorted up to the first element. Next, the second smallest element, which is the smallest element in the remaining list, is identified and interchanged with the second position in the list. This makes the initial two elements sorted. The process is repeated, and the smallest element remaining in the list should be swapped with the element in the third index on the list. This means that the first three elements are now sorted. This process is repeated for (n-1) times to sort n items.

Let's look at an example to understand how the algorithm works. We'll sort the following list of 4 elements using the selection...