CS Level Up Series (29 Part Series)
- Dynamic Arrays resize when they reach capacity, usually by doubling.
- Dynamic Arrays, for insertions, have a worse case Big O of O(n) (linear). But due to doubling, the amortized* time complexity of Dynamic Arrays is O(1) (constant).
- A Dynamic Array's space complexity is at worst O(2n) (immediately after doubling), with O(n) being wasted space (the empty half of the array). Note: O(2n) in Big O is reduced to O(n) - therefore the space complexity of a Dynamic Array is O(n).
*Another way of saying average. Per Wikipedia:
amortized analysis considers both the costly and less costly operations together over the whole series of operations of the algorithm
Often, a data structure has one particularly costly operation, but it doesn't get performed very often. That data structure shouldn't be labeled a costly structure just because that one operation, that is seldom performed, is costly.
So, amortized analysis is used to average out the costly operations in the worst case.
Overall Dynamic Arrays are not a hard topic. Here's the finished implementation with test code:
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