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Beginning Java Data Structures and Algorithms

By : James Cutajar
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Beginning Java Data Structures and Algorithms

By: James Cutajar

Overview of this book

Learning about data structures and algorithms gives you a better insight on how to solve common programming problems. Most of the problems faced everyday by programmers have been solved, tried, and tested. By knowing how these solutions work, you can ensure that you choose the right tool when you face these problems. This book teaches you tools that you can use to build efficient applications. It starts with an introduction to algorithms and big O notation, later explains bubble, merge, quicksort, and other popular programming patterns. You’ll also learn about data structures such as binary trees, hash tables, and graphs. The book progresses to advanced concepts, such as algorithm design paradigms and graph theory. By the end of the book, you will know how to correctly implement common algorithms and data structures within your applications.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Understanding Quick Sort

Quick sort is a big improvement over bubble sort. This sorting technique was developed by British computer scientist Tony Hoare. The algorithm works in three main steps:

  1. Select a pivot
  2. Partition the list so that elements on the left of the pivot are less than the value of the pivot and the ones on the right are greater
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the left and right parts separately

Since recursion is required for quick sort, we will begin this section by giving an example of recursion. Later, we will see how the partitioning in the quick sort algorithm works, and in the end, we will put the recursion techniques to use in the final part.

Understanding Recursion

Recursion is a really useful tool for algorithm designers. It allows you to solve large problems by solving a smaller occurrence of the same problem. Recursive functions usually have a common structure with the following components:

  • One or more stopping conditions: Under certain conditions, it would stop the function...