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Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Python - Third Edition

By : Dr. Basant Agarwal
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Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Python - Third Edition

By: Dr. Basant Agarwal

Overview of this book

Choosing the right data structure is pivotal to optimizing the performance and scalability of applications. This new edition of Hands-On Data Structures and Algorithms with Python will expand your understanding of key structures, including stacks, queues, and lists, and also show you how to apply priority queues and heaps in applications. You’ll learn how to analyze and compare Python algorithms, and understand which algorithms should be used for a problem based on running time and computational complexity. You will also become confident organizing your code in a manageable, consistent, and scalable way, which will boost your productivity as a Python developer. By the end of this Python book, you’ll be able to manipulate the most important data structures and algorithms to more efficiently store, organize, and access data in your applications.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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An important operation for all data structures is searching for elements from a collection of data. There are various methods to search for an element in data structures; in this chapter, we shall explore the different strategies that can be used to find elements in a collection of items.

Data elements can be stored in any kind of data structure, such as an array, link list, tree, or graph; the search operation is very important for many applications, mostly whenever we want to know if a particular data element is present in an existing list of data items. In order to retrieve the information efficiently, we require an efficient search algorithm.

In this chapter, we will learn about the following:

  • Various search algorithms
  • Linear search algorithm
  • Jump search algorithm
  • Binary search algorithm
  • Interpolation search algorithm
  • Exponential search algorithm

Let us start with an introduction to searching and a definition...