In programming languages, predefined data structures are widely used, but their names and how they work can differ from one language to another. Despite these differences, the core ideas behind these structures stay the same. In this article, we will take a deep dive into data structures, looking at how they are set up in various programming languages. To make understanding easier, we will include short animations to help you grasp these important concepts. This article marks the beginning of a series, where we delve into a range of essential topics. The series will cover the following main subjects:
 Linear data structures
 Nonlinear data structures
 Algorithms
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● Memory
⚬ Physical layer
⚬ Virtual layer
◾ Location
◾ Arrangement
● Algorithms
⚬ Fundamental operations
⚬ Fundamental Algorithms
◾ Sorting algorithms
◾ Searching algorithms
⚬ Algorithm design techniques
● Data structures
⚬ Contiguous Memory data structures
⚬ Discontiguous Memory data structures
⚬ Combination of CM and DCM
⚬ Linear data structures
◾ Array
◾ DynamicArray
◾ RingBuffer
◾ LinkedList
◾ FreeList
◾ DoubleLinkedList
◾ CircularLinkedList
◾ CircularDoubleLinkedList
◾ Stack
◽ Stack via DynamicArray
◽ Stack via LinkedList
◽ Stack via deque
◾ Queue
◽ Queue via DoubleLinkedList
◽ Queue via RingBuffer
◽ Queue via Double Stack
◽ Deque as Queue
◾ Deque
◽ Deque via DoubleLinkedList
◽ Deque via Array
◾ PriorityQueue
◽ PriorityQueue via DynamicArray
◽ PriorityQueue via LinkedList
◽ PriorityQueue via Deque
◽ PriorityQueue via BinaryHeap
◾ Associative collections
◽ UnorderedMap or HashTable
◽ OrderedMap via HashTable and LinkedList
◽ OrderedMap via HashTable and DynamicArray
◽ SortedMap via Self Balancing Tree
◾ Set
◽ UnorderedSet
◽ OrderedSet via HashTable and LinkedList
◽ SortedSet via Self Balancing Tree
● standard library data structures
⚬ C++
⚬ Swift
⚬ CSharp
⚬ Python
⚬ Java
● NonLinear data structures
● Algorithms
Suppose you have a collection of data blocks, denoted as A, B, C, D, E, and so on. Your objective is to solve a problem by employing an algorithm that processes this data and produces a result. Irrespective of the specific problem or algorithm you opt for, there are certain steps that need to be followed:
 Allocate some space (memory) to your data.
 Arrange your datablocks in the allocated space and create a logical relationship(Implicit or explicit) among them (Specify a
Data Structure
).  Doing Some operations on the datablocks(
Algorithm
): These operations may include: Read datablocks
 Write datablocks
Data structures and algorithms are closely intertwined concepts. Certain algorithms exhibit better efficiency when used with specific data structures, and conversely, certain data structures offer advantageous arrangements that enhance the efficiency of particular algorithms. To efficiently solve problems, it is crucial to design both efficient algorithms and appropriate data structures. Designing these efficient solutions necessitates a solid understanding of the fundamentals and analysis techniques involved.
Memory
Physical layer
The physical layer of a computer system is responsible for the actual storage and retrieval of data in electronic or magnetic form. Memory in the physical layer is organized hierarchically, with different types and levels of memory. Types of Memory in the Physical Layer:
 Registers
 Cache Memory
 Main Memory (Random Access Memory  RAM)
 Secondary memories: (HDD,SSD,...)
Physical memory is invisible to programs in virtual memory systems and as a programmer you're not required to reason about it.
Memory: Virtual layer
Where and how memory is being allocated in virtual layer?
Location

Stack
: Fast allocation. Faster access. Moving just an integer pointer allocates/deallocates memory.

Heap
: Slow Allocation. Slower access. Search heap.
 Sync heap for other threads.
 Allocate memory.
Arrangement

Contiguous
: Bulk allocation in continuous memory block. (faster access). 
Discontiguous
: Dynamic allocation in separated memory blocks.(slower access).
Algorithms
At the core of all algorithms are the fundamental operations that involve accessing
and potentially mutating
the data blocks, regardless of how we arrange our datablocks in memory and what are the logical connections between them. At this level, all algorithms can be reduced to one or some of the following operations.
Fundamental operations

read
 accessDataBySequence() (Either forward or backward)
 getIndexingInformation():
getStartIndex()
,getEndIndex()
,getNextIndex(forIndex)
,getPreviousIndex(forIndex)
 accessDataAtRandomIndex(:): For Random access, time complexity should be of order
O(1)
.  accessDataAtFront()
 accessDataAtBack()

write
 insertDataAtRandomIndex(:)
 insertDataAtFront()
 insertDataAtBack()
 removeDataAtRandomIndex(:)
 removeDataAtFront()
 removeDataAtBack()
 updateDataAtRandomIndex(:)
 updateDataAtFront()
 updateDataAtBack()
For example, Linear search
algorithm uses accessDataBySequence
and compare each item with a specified value to find the answer while Binary search
algorithm needs accessDataAtRandomIndex
operation.
A note on Random Access
: In the context of data structures, random access refers to the ability to instantly access a specific location. With Array, for instance, if you select a random index, the Array data structure can immediately provide you with the address of that index. However, if you attempt to access a random index in a LinkedList, the data structure cannot instantaneously provide the address. Instead, it must iterate from the beginning (starting from head) until it reaches the desired index. Consequently, LinkedLists are considered to have a time complexity of O(n)
(Upper bound) for random access operation. Most algorithms require O(1)
random access, and languages such as Java have introduced a marker interface(with no methods) called RandomAccess. This interface serves as a reminder that certain algorithms rely on random access. To ensure that these algorithms perform efficiently with your data structure, it is necessary to make it compatible with random access. The Swift equivalent is a marker protocol RandomAccessCollection.
Fundamental Algorithms
Fundamental operations form the building blocks upon which algorithms are constructed. Conversely, certain algorithms play fundamental rules for other algorithms. Take, for instance, the impact of input data order on the time efficiency of algorithms. Sorting the data beforehand can greatly simplify our lives, as it has a significant positive effect on the efficiency of numerous algorithms. Sorting can be accomplished through two methods. The first method involves utilizing a sorting algorithm to arrange an unsorted collection. The second method involves utilizing specific data structures, such as binary search trees, that facilitate the sorting of data through amortization.
Sorting algorithms
All sort algorithms need getIndexingInformation
, accessDataAtRandomIndex(:)
operations. Also items must be comparable (unless for noncomparison algorithms).
 Inplace sorting algorithms: They need
updateDataAtRandomIndex(:)
operation. Bubble sort
 Selection sor
 Insertion sort
 Heap sort
 Quick sort
 Not InPlace Sorting Algorithms:
 Merge sort
 Radix sort (noncomparison)
 Bucket sort (noncomparison)
Searching algorithms
 Linear search: needs
accessDataBySequence()
 Binary search: needs
accessDataAtRandomIndex(:)
withO(1)
Algorithm design techniques
 Divide and conquer
 Recursion
 Randomized algorithms: Input MUST be RANDOM.
 Dynamic programming
 Greedy algorithms
In a next article, I will return to the algorithms.
Data structures
Each data structure has the following characteristics:

Virtual layer Memory management
at the virtual layer. 
Logical connection
between datablocks, eitherimplicit
orexplicit
. Implicit: In an Array datablocks have no direct connection, but implicitly they are arranged in a specific order contiguously in memory.
 Explicit: In LinkedList the blocks may not be stored contiguously in memory, but each node has the connection information to some other nodes.

Rules
for applying basic operations.  Provides basic
read
andwrite
operations with a space/time complexity. The space/time complexities for data structures for basic operations can easily be analyzed using the following concepts: Contiguous Memory data structures and Discontiguous Memory data structures
Contiguous Memory data structures
 Init with fixed size. size stays fixed.
 Address of each block can be calculated via:
start + k * blocksize
. Random access time complexity isO(1)
 Bulk memory allocation
 Same size memory blocks (Same type)
 Base data Structure example: Array
Discontiguous Memory data structures
 This arrangement is a special kind of Graph (We can represent graphs using it).
 Each block contains the address of next block.
 Time complexity for random access operation is
O(n)
 Dynamic memory allocation
 Memory block sizes can be different (Different types).
 Base data structure example: LinkedList
Combination of CM and DCM
 A contiguousmemory array of pointers to contiguousmemory or discontiguousmemory collection of objects.
 Time complexity for random access operations is
O(1)
(via array of pointers) but accessing objects in noncontinuous memory have a little overhead.  Bulk memory allocation for address (pointer) array, dynamic memory allocation for objects.
 Objects can have different memory sizes (different types).
 Base data structure example: An array of referenced objects in most programming languages.
Linear data structures
By employing one or a combination of the aforementioned concepts, basic data structures can be implemented, serving as the foundation for more intricate data structures. Additionally, the space and time complexities, as well as memory costs, can be readily analyzed by leveraging the complexities and costs associated with these fundamental concepts.
Array
In Programming languages, Arrays are builtin types. Array of pointers (or array of reference types) acts like Combination of CM and DCM. For primitive types (or value types like Int, enum, struct in C#,Swift,...) if stored in stack, the behavior is like Contiguous Memory data structures. But if the primitives get boxed and be allocated in the heap, the behavior is like Combination of CM and DCM.

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as Contiguous Memory data structures 
Good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
,insertAtBack
,removeAtBack
operations.  Bulk memory allocation (fast).
 Contiguous memory. Fast access.
 If used with primitive types (Value types), no dynamic memory allocation cost.


Not good
:
insertAtFront
,insertAtMiddle
,removeAtFront
,removeAtMiddle
Operations.  Fixed size.

 Programming Languages implementations:
DynamicArray
Similar to array, but can grow at runtime. DynamicArray of pointers (or DynamicArray of reference types) acts like Combination of CM and DCM. For primitive types (or value types like Int, enum, struct in C#,Swift,...) the behavior is like Contiguous Memory data structures. Steps for resizing:
 allocate new array with new size
 copy the old array values to the new array
 delete the old array

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as Contiguous Memory data structures 
Good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
,insertAtBack
,removeAtBack
operations.  Bulk memory allocation (fast).
 If used with primitive types (Value types), no dynamic memory allocation cost.


Not good
:
insertAtFront
,insertAtMiddle
,removeAtFront
,removeAtMiddle
Operations.  New memory allocations and copy cost when capacity is full.
 Has unused memory allocation based on growth strategy. For example in Swift programming language, each time an array capacity is full, it double the capacity of the array.

 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: Vector.
 Swift: contiguousarray and array are dynamic. When capacity is full, the size gets doubled.
 Python: list is a dynamic array of pointers to other objects. The behavior is always like Combination of CM and DCM. UserList is a wrapper class that allows you to create your own listlike objects by inheriting from UserList and implementing certain methods. It provides a convenient way to create custom listlike classes without directly subclassing the builtin list class.
 Java: ArrayList and Vector are dynamic and the difference is that vector is threadsafe.

C#: ArrayList and List are dynamic arrays. The difference is that
ArrayList
is nongeneric and can store elements of any whileList<T>
is a generic class that provides typesafe collections.  JavaScript: When it comes to Javascript, things are a little bit different. Array is dynamic and you can add multiple types to it. As Array is an Object and Objects in javascript are HashTables, you can access indices of array using string of indices too! Depending on the type of the values, the behavior of Javascript array is different.
 In V8 Engine when Array only contains a single primitive type (like integer, float, ...) it’ll be backed by a C++ array of that type and the behavior is like Contiguous Memory data structures.
 When Array contains more than one of primitive types, the array will be backed by a C++ array of the bigger one and the behavior is the same as above.
 If the array contains only objects, or a mixture of numbers and objects, it’ll backed by an array of pointers (primitive types will be boxed inside objects). The behavior is like Combination of CM and DCM.
 When you have a sparse array (WHY?) If it is not too spare, it’ll still be backed by an array, with empty array indices replaced with a ‘hole’ value. If an array is very sparse, it’ll no longer be backed by an array in memory. Instead, it will be backed by a dictionary/hashtable (The key is typically stored as a string representation of the index, and the value is the element itself).
RingBuffer
A ring buffer is a specialized data structure implemented using an array. It is a staticsized buffer where read and write operations occur through two distinct pointers that iterate through the array in a circular manner.

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as Array with the following improvement:
insertAtFront
isO(1)

removeAtFront
isO(1)


Good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
,insert
operation.  Bulk memory allocation (fast).
 If used with primitive types (Value types), no dynamic memory allocation cost.
 As it is fixedsize, we can map it to virtual memory layer memory page to make it super fast.


Not good
: Fixed size.
 Write operations may fail if the frequency of writes exceeds the frequency of reads.
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
 Swift: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
 Python: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
 Java: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
 C#: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
 JavaScript: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. Here is an implementation.
LinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as Discontiguous Memory data structures with one improvement.
insertAtBack()
becomesO(1)
because we keep track of tail. 
removeAtBack()
staysO(n)
because we have to iterate from head to index n1 to remove n.


Good
:
insertAtFront
,removeAtFront
,insertAtBack
operations.


Not good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
,removeAtBack
,insertAtMiddle
,removeAtMiddle
Operations.  Dynamic memory allocation (slow).

 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: forward_list.
 Swift: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. An implementation can be found here.
 Python: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. An implementation can be found here.
 Java: LinkedList is DoubleLinkedList.
 C#: LinkedList is a DoubleLinkedList.
 JavaScript: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. an implementation can be found here.
FreeList
As you have noticed, one of the Not Good
s of a LinkedList data structure is dynamic memory allocation. It means, whenever you need a new node, you have to create a new one dynamically using new
keyword. Dynamic memory allocation is a heavy task. One way of resolving this issue is to use FreeLists. FreeLists can be thought of as a reservoir for the LinkedList nodes. One approach is to initialize a FreeList with a sequence of nodes and whenever you need a Node for your LinkedList, you get one from the FreeList instance and when you remove a Node from the LinkedList, you will not free the memory, but return it to the FreeList reservoir to be used again later. Another approach is the following implementation for LinkedListNode with a private static freelist. In this implementation, the freelist is not initialized with an initial size but it grows as the new nodes are added.
class LinkListNode<E> { // Singly linked list node with freelist support
// Extensions to support freelists
private static LinkListNode freelist = null; // Freelist for the class
private E value; // Value for this node
private LinkListNode<E> next; // Point to next node in list
// Constructors
LinkList(E it, LinkListNode<E> inn) { value = it; next = inn; }
LinkList(LinkListNode<E> inn) { value = null; next = inn; }
E element() { return value; } // Return the value
E setElement(E it) { return value = it; } // Set element value
LinkListNode<E> next() { return next; } // Return next link
LinkListNode<E> setNext(LinkListNode<E> inn) { return next = inn; } // Set next link
// Return a new link, from freelist if possible
static <E> LinkListNode<E> get(E it, LinkListNode<E> inn) {
if (freelist == null) {
return new LinkListNode<E>(it, inn); // Get from "new"
}
LinkListNode<E> temp = freelist; // Get from freelist
freelist = freelist.next();
temp.setElement(it);
temp.setNext(inn);
return temp;
}
// Return a link node to the freelist
void release() {
value = null; // Drop reference to the element
next = freelist;
freelist = this;
}
}
DoubleLinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as Discontiguous Memory data structures with two improvements:
insertAtBack()
becomesO(1)
. 
removeAtBack()
becomesO(1)
. Now we have access to n1 from n and we can remove the pointer to n from n1.


Good
:
insertAtFront
,removeAtFront
,insertAtBack
,removeAtBack
operations.


Not good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
,insertAtMiddle
Operations.  Dynamic memory allocation (slow).
 High overhead of extra storage for the forward and back reference.

 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: list is doubly linkedList.
 Swift: Has no builtin implementation for DoubleLinkedList. An implementation can be found here.
 Python: Has no builtin implementation for DoubleLinkedList. an implementation can be found here.
 Java: LinkedList is DoubleLinkedList.
 C#: LinkedList is DoubleLinkedList.
 JavaScript: Has no builtin implementation for DoubleLinkedList. An implementation can be found here.
CircularLinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as LinkedList with some more capabilities. We can traverse to a previous node
 We can traverse in loop.
CircularDoubleLinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as DoubleLinkedList with some more capabilities. We can traverse to a previous node
 We can traverse in loop in both direction.
Stack
Stack is a LastInFirstOut(LIFO) data structure. Any data structure that is Good
at insert/remove from one of the ends can be used as a container for Stack. Based on this, stacks can be implemented using DynamicArray (Good
at add/remove from the back), LinkedList (Good
at add/remove from front), DoubleLinkedList(Good
at add/remove from both front and back) and Deque. Each implementation inherits Good
and Not Good
of the container data structure.
Stack via DynamicArray

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as DynamicArray: 
Methods
:
push()
:insertAtBack
on array container. 
pop
:removeAtBack
on array container.


Good
:
push()
andpop()
areO(1)
operations.  Bulk memory allocation for pointers.
 If used with primitive types (value types), no dynamic memory allocation cost.


Not good
: New memory allocations and copy cost when internal array capacity is full.
 Has unused memory allocation based on growth strategy of the pointer array.
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: Stack. In CPP vector, deque and list(DoubleLinkedList) can be used as container for Stack.
 Swift: Has no Stack in standard library. an implementation can be found here.
 Python: Has no builtin Stack in standard library but list can be used as stack in python. An implementation can be found here.
 Java: Stack is implemented with dynamic array.
 C#: Stack is implemented with dynamic array as the container.
 JavaScript: has no builtin stack data structure. an implementation can be found here.
Stack via LinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: Same as LinkedList. We use Head of LinkedList to insert/remove. 
Methods
:
push()
:insertAtFront
on LinkedList container. 
pop
:removeAtFront
on LinkedList container.


Good
:
push()
andpop()
areO(1)
operations.


Not good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
isO(n)
.  Dynamic memory allocation (slow).

Stack via deque
Deque data structure can be implemented using Deque via DoubleLinkedList or Deque via Array. The Deque can serve as a container for a Stack due to its behavior. C++ default container for Stack is deque.
Queue
Queue data structure is FirstInFirstOut. Every data structure that is Good
at addAtFront and removeAtBack or vice versa can be used as a container for Queue data structure. DoubleLinkedList(Good
at add/remove at both ends) can be used as the containers for Queue data structure. Also RingBuffer can be used for fixed size queues. DynamicArray: is not a good container for queue data structure because of O(n)
for insert operation. We can amortize this complexity using Queue via Double Stack (Stack via DynamicArray). Another approach is storing contents in multiple smaller arrays, allocating additional arrays at the beginning or end as needed. Indexing is implemented by keeping a dynamic array or a LinkedList containing pointers to each of the smaller arrays. In this case, the cost of inserting reduced from O(n)
to the O(small_array.length)
. This approach is used for deque.
Queue via DoubleLinkedList

Basic operations
time complexity: DoubleLinkedList 
Methods
:
enqueue()
:insertAtFront
on DoubleLinkedList container. 
dequeue()
:removeAtBack
on DoubleLinkedList container.


Good
:
enqueue()
anddequeue()
areO(1)
operations.


Not good
:
accessAtRandomIndex
operation.  Extra memory for forward/backward pointers.
 Dynamic memory allocation (slow).

 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: queue in cpp can has deque or list (DoubleLinkedList) as the container. the default container is deque.
 Swift: Has no builtin implementation for Queue. An implementation can be found here.
 Python: Has no builtin implementation for Queue but list can be used as queue in python. An implementation can be found here.
 Java: LinkedList and ArrayDeque have implemented Queue interface.
 C#:Queue in c# uses circular buffer array.
 JavaScript: an implementation can be found here.
Queue via RingBuffer

Basic operations
time complexity: RingBuffer 
Methods
:
enqueue()
:insertAtRandomIndex
on Array container. 
dequeue()
:accessAtRandomIndex
on Array container.


Good
:
enqueue()
anddequeue()
areO(1)
operations.  If used for primitive types (value types), No dynamic allocation.


Not good
: Fixed size,
enqueue()
may fail.
 Fixed size,
 Programming Languages implementations:
 C#: Queue in c# uses circular buffer array.
Queue via Double Stack
If we use DynamicArray as container for our queue, the dequeue()
time complexity would be O(n)
(Adding items to start of an array is an O(n)
operation ). But we can amortize this complexity to O(1)
using two stacks. LeftStack for enqueue()
and the RightStack for dequeue()
. Each time the LeftStack is empty, copy the RightStack contents to the LeftStack. This operation guarantees FirstInFirstOut for the queue.

Basic operations
time complexity: Similar to Stack via DynamicArray. 
Methods
:
enqueue()
:insertAtBack
on left Array container (the enqueue stack). 
dequeue()
:removeAtBack
on right Array container (the dequeue stack).


Good
:
enqueue()
anddequeue()
areO(1)
operations.  If used for primitive types (value types), No dynamic allocation.


Not good
: New memory allocations and copy cost when capacity is full.
 Has unused memory allocation based on growth strategy.
Deque as Queue
Deque (DoubleEnded Queue) can be used as Queue.
Deque
Deque (DoubleEnded Queue) are a type of Queue that enqueue()
and dequeue()
can happen at both ends. Every data structure that is Good
at insert/remove from both ends can be used as a container for Deque data structure. The only data structure that fullfil this requirement is DoubleLinkedList. Array is not a good data structure for implementing Deque data structure directly. However we can use some tricks to use Array as a container for Deque data structure. See Deque via Array.
Deque via DoubleLinkedList
Implementing a Deque via DoubleLinkedList is straightforward as this data structure has O(1)
for insertAtFront/removeAtFront and insertAtBack/removeAtBack operations.

Methods
:
pushBack()
: insertAtBack of the DoubleLinkedList container. 
pushFront()
: insertAtFront of the DoubleLinkedList container. 
popBack()
: removeAtBack of the DoubleLinkedList container. 
popFront()
: removeAtFront of the DoubleLinkedList container.


Good
: Easy implementation

Not Good
: Random access operation.
 Dynamic memory allocation (slow).
 High overhead of extra storage for the forward and back references.
 Programming Languages implementations:
 Python: deque uses DoubleLinkedList internally.
Deque via Array
As it was the case for Queue data structure, Array cannot be used as a container for Deque data structure directly because insertAtFront/removeAtFront operations are not O(1)
for Arrays. We can use one of the following techniques to use Array as a container:
 Using a special RingBuffer.
 Using an Array and allocating deque contents from the center of the underlying array, and resizing the underlying array when either end is reached.
 Storing contents in multiple smaller arrays, allocating additional arrays at the beginning or end as needed. Indexing is implemented by keeping a dynamic array containing pointers to each of the smaller arrays. In this case, the cost of resizing the array in step 2 is eliminated but different small arrays are not allocated contiguously in memory.

Good
: Random Access operation

Not Good
 More complex implementation
 Need for array resize when filled
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: Deque uses approach 3 of above mentioned tricks to use Array as container for Deque. In this approach data is stored in smaller arrays and these arrays are linked using a doubleLinkedList or another array.
 Swift: Has no builtin implementation for LinkedList. An implementation can be found here.
 Python: deque uses DoubleLinkedList internally.
 Java: ArrayDeque is implemented using technique 1 of above mentioned tricks (Circular buffer).
 C#:Deque is implemented using technique 1 of above mentioned tricks (Circular buffer).
 JavaScript: An implementation can be found here.
PriorityQueue
PriorityQueue is the same as Queue with one difference. The dequeue
operation is not for the first item that has been inserted. Instead the dequeue item is selected based on a priority criteria and the item may be at the front, the middle or the end of the collection. Any data structure that is Good
at inserting at one of the ends can be used as a container for PriorityQueue. As finding the item to be dequeued includes a searching phase, for linear data structures as the container for PriorityQueue the time complexity of dequeue operation is O(n)
. In case of Heap data structure as the container, the time complexity reduces to O(log(n))
due to internal structure of the Heap.
PriorityQueue via DynamicArray

Methods
:
enqueue()
:insertAtBack
on Array container. 
dequeue()
: iterate and thenremoveAtMiddle
on Array container. Time complexity isO(n)
.


Good
:
enqueue()
isO(1)
operation.  If used for primitive types (value types), No dynamic allocation.


Not good
:
dequeue()
operation isO(n)
.  New memory allocations and copy cost when capacity is full.
 Has unused memory allocation based on growth strategy.

 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: priority_queue is using deque as a container by default. vector also can be used.
PriorityQueue via LinkedList

Methods
:
enqueue()
:insertAtFront
on LinkedList container. 
dequeue()
: iterate and thenremoveAtMiddle
on LinkedList container. Time complexity isO(n)
.


Good
:
enqueue()
isO(1)
operation.


Not good
:
dequeue()
operation isO(n)
.  Dynamic memory allocation (slow).

PriorityQueue via Deque
Deque data structure can be implemented using either Deque via DoubleLinkedList or Deque via Array and PriorityQueue can use it as a container.
PriorityQueue via BinaryHeap

Methods
:
enqueue()
:insert
on BinaryHeap container. 
dequeue()
:delete
on BinaryHeap container.


Good
:
dequeue()
isO(log(n))
operation.


Not good
:
enqueue
isO(log(n))
operation. In PriorityQueue via DynamicArray and PriorityQueue via LinkedList this operation isO(1)
.

 Programming Languages implementations:
 Java: PriorityQueue uses binary heap as internal data structure.
 C#:PriorityQueue uses binary heap as internal data structure.
Associative collections
An associative collection is an abstract data type that stores a collection of (key, value) pairs, ensuring that each possible key appears at most once in the collection. However, there is no standardized naming convention for these types of data structures, leading to varying terminology across different programming languages, which can cause confusion. Some alternative names for associative collections include associative array, map, symbol table, or dictionary. See here.
UnorderedMap or HashTable
Other name is HashTable. The main idea behind a Hashtable is to use a hashing function to map keys to specific buckets or slots in an array. Each bucket can store one or more keyvalue pairs. Hash functions can occasionally generate the same index for different keys, resulting in a collision. To handle collisions efficiently, Hashtable data structures employ various strategies:
 Each bucket in the array is a LinkedList of keyvalue pairs.
 Open addressing
 Resizing the Array.
For most data structures, a linear search is an O(n)
or O(log(n))
operation. HashTable is a data structure with an amortized O(1)
time complexity for searching. Length of arrays in a HashTable is a prime number.

Good
:
O(1)
for search operation.


Not Good
: Collection has no order. No Random access.
 If LinkedList used for collision handling: Worstcase for search can be
O(n)
(All nodes collide). Averagecase is notO(1)
.
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: unordered_map is an unordered collection created using HashTable. Another version is unordered_multimap that allows for repetitive keys. in the unordered_map version the keys are unique.
 Swift: Dictionary is an unordered collection created using HashTable. The keys are unique.
 Python: dict is an unordered map created using HashTable. Also Counter is a dictionary specific to counting of values (the key is the item you put in the dictionary and the value is a counter. on each insert, if the value exists, 1 is added to the count). UserDict is a wrapper class that allows you to create your own dictionarylike objects by inheriting from UserDict and implementing certain methods. It provides a convenient way to create custom dictionarylike classes without directly subclassing the builtin dict class. mappingproxy object provides readonly access to the original dictionary's data.
 Java: HashTable is unordered, threadsafe. HashMap is unordered map created using HashTable.

C#: Dictionary is an unordered map created using HashTable. ListDictionary uses a combination of array (for keys) and LinkedList (for values). Operations are all
O(n)
and it MUST be used for small collections (Less than 10 items).  JavaScript: Map is an unordered map.
OrderedMap via HashTable and LinkedList
A collection of keyvalue pairs. While the order of the insertion is preserved, the collection is not sorted.

Good
: Order of the insertion is preserved. (Unlike SortedMap, the keys are not sorted.)

accessDataBySequence
is possible.

Not Good
: No random access with
O(1)
because of LinkedList.  High overhead of extra storage for the forward and back reference.
 No random access with
 Programming Languages implementations:
 Python: OrderedDic is implemented using a combination of a doubly linked list and a dictionary.
 Java: LinkedHashMap. In Java, the LinkedHashMap class uses a combination of a hash table and a doubly linked list as its internal data structure to provide the functionality of a hash map with predictable iteration order.
OrderedMap via HashTable and DynamicArray
A collection of keyvalue pairs. While the order of the insertion is preserved, the collection is not sorted.

Good
: Order of the insertion is preserved. (Unlike SortedMap, the keys are not sorted.)

accessDataBySequence
is possible. 
accessDataAtRandomIndex
isO(1)
.

Not Good
: insert is
O(n)
because of array.  remove is
O(n)
because of array.
 insert is
 Programming Languages implementations:
 C#: OrderedDictionary uses a combination of a HashTable and an ArrayList.
SortedMap via Self Balancing Tree
A collection of keyvalue pairs which is sorted by the key.

Good
: Search is
O(log(n))
 keys are sorted.
 Search is

Not Good
: Random access is not
O(1)
.  Suitable for small number of data.
 Random access is not
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: map uses RedBlack Tree for implementation. Another version is multimap which allows duplicate keys. In the map version, keys are unique.
 Swift: Swift has no builtin Ordered map using tree data structure. You can sort the keys of a dictionary to a collection and iterate that collection.
 Python: Swift has no builtin Ordered map using tree data structure.
 Java: TreeMap is implemented using a RedBlack Tree as its internal data structure.

C#: SortedDictionary is implemented internally using a selfbalancing binary search tree called a RedBlack Tree. SortedList uses two separate arrays. one for the keys and the second for the values. As the array for the keys is sorted, when a new item is inserted, the index is found via binary search. The time complexity for inserting is
O(n)
. Binary search isO(log(n))
and the items rearrangement isO(n)
.  JavaScript: an implementation can be found here.
Set
UnorderedSet
It is almost exactly like UnorderedMap or HashTable with the distinction that the node has only a key and no value exists. In Java, it is implemented using HashTable and the values for the nodes are set to a fixed value.

Good
:
O(1)
for search operation.


Not Good
: Collection has no order. No Random access.
 If LinkedList used for collision handling: Worstcase for search can be
O(n)
. Averagecase is notO(1)
.

Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: unordered_set is an unordered collection created using HashTable. Another version is unordered_multiset that allows for duplicate keys. in the unordered_set version the keys are unique.
 Swift: Set is an unordered collection created using HashTable. The keys are unique.
 Python: Set is an unordered set created using HashTable. frozenset is an immutable set.
 Java: HashSet is an unordered set created using HashTable.
 C#: HashSet is an unordered set created using HashTable.
 JavaScript: Set is an unordered set.
OrderedSet via HashTable and LinkedList
It is almost exactly like OrderedMap via HashTable and LinkedList with the distinction that the node has only a key and no value exists. In Java, it is implemented using HashTable and the values for the nodes are set to a fixed value.

Good
: Order of the insertion is preserved. (Unlike SortedSet, the keys are not sorted.)

Not Good
: No random access with
O(1)
because of LinkedList.
 No random access with
 Programming Languages implementations:
 Java: LinkedHashSet. In Java, the LinkedHashSet class uses a combination of a hash table and a doubly linked list as its internal data structure to provide the functionality of a hash set with predictable iteration order.
SortedSet via Self Balancing Tree

Good
: Search is
O(log(n))
 keys are sorted.
 Search is

Not Good
: Random access is not
O(1)
.  Suitable for small number of data.
 Random access is not
 Programming Languages implementations:
 CPP: set uses RedBlack Tree for implementation. Another version is multiset which allows duplicate keys. In the Set version, keys are unique.
 Swift: Swift has no builtin Ordered set. You can sort the keys of a set to a collection and iterate that collection.
 Python: Python has no builtin Ordered set.
 Java: TreeSet is implemented using a RedBlack Tree as its internal data structure.
 C#: SortedSet is implemented internally using a selfbalancing binary search tree called a RedBlack Tree.
 JavaScript: An implementation can be found here.
standard library data structures
C++
Swift
Swift source code for collections can be found here.
CSharp
Dotnet source code for collections can be found here.
Python
Source code for python builtin types can be found here. Collection module source code is located here.
Java
Java collections source code is located here.
NonLinear data structures
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Algorithms
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great collection