• Created by: Aiswani_S
  • Created on: 29-07-14 13:12

What is a data structure

In computer Science, a data structure is a particular way of organizing data in a computer so that it can be used efficiently.

There are many examples of data structures such as:

  • array
  • tuples
  • dictionaries
  • union
  • tagged union
  • set
  • graphs
  • object
  • binary search trees
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Examples of Data structures

print myList[2]                      (e.g. Array)

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The importance

  • Data structures are important because they allow us to do many things with our data. 
  • They define a common terminology so that when a programmer sees code using an array he/she can automatically infer both how the data can be manipulated and how those manipulations will peform.
  • Easier for programmers to edit things !in a list) because he/she wouldn't have to change a lot of the program
  • Easier to find information in the data and use it for many purposes.
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