Data Structures

This category contains all the posts related to data structures. For e.g.: Hash Tables, Linked Lists, Trees, Graphs, Heaps, Tries etc..

Topological Ordering for Graphs

Introduction The topological ordering for graphs get many applications where the nature of the problem is ordered sequential processing. Few of the problems in this category are as follows: Dynamic Linking/Loading of programs while building and execution. Deciding the pre-requisites in a course structure. Job Scheduling in Processors or Assembly Line Processing. Building an Alien Dictionary from given words. There are many more but I am sure you got the idea. When we say topological ordering of graph, we are necessarily talking about the ordering of the vertices of the graph. Un...
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Filling Wine Glasses Interview Question

Introduction This is another interesting interview question and took me sometime to think for an answer. The problem statement goes as follow: "There are wine glasses stacked such that the top level has one glass, the second level has two glasses, the third one has three glasses and so on. Imaging that the levels are deep enough. Each of the glass in the stack has volume u. Now given a jug of volume V full of wine such that V >= u, find the lowest level where wine can reach." Analyzing the problem statement Here is a supporting image for the problem statement. Now I pick up the ju...
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Adding numbers using Linked Lists

Introduction Adding numbers has always been fascinating and you may think it to be the easiest mathematical operation possible. But believe me many a times that becomes the toughest problem to solve. Let us discuss this in more detail. It is really easy to add two numbers stored in two memory locations. The ALU provides you the option to use the ADD feature and store it on the DATA bus. This is feasible when both the numbers can fit on the DATA bus one at a time. So, what about adding excessively large numbers, I know that the limit of BigInteger, Long, Double etc is too huge. But what if ...
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Reversing a Singly Linked List

Introduction Many people have asked me to explain the dynamics of how the reversing of a singly linked list works, when we do not have the liberty of creating a new linked list, may be due to limitation of memory. The Idea behind Reversing a Singly Linked List The idea is to iterate through the complete linked list and maintain three pointers as listed below: Pointer to the head of un reversed list headOfUnReversedLL. Pointer to the head of reversed list headOfReversedLL. Pointer to the node to be reversed nodeToReverse. In each iteration we follow the below four steps: The h...
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Shortest Path Using Bellman Ford Algorithm

Introduction This post about Bellman Ford Algorithm is a continuation of the post Shortest Path Using Dijkstra's Algorithm. While learning about the Dijkstra's way, we learnt that it is really efficient an algorithm to find the single source shortest path in any graph provided it has no negative weight edges and no negative weight cycles. The running time of the Dijkstra's Algorithm is also promising, O(E +VlogV) depending on our choice of data structure to implement the required Priority Queue. Why Bellman Ford Algorithm? There can be scenarios where a graph may contain negative weight ...
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