Algorithms and Data Structures in Python
This course is about data structures and algorithms. We are going to implement the problems in Python. I highly recommend typing out these data structures and algorithms several times on your own in order to get a good grasp of it.
setting up the environment
data structures and abstract data types
what is an array data structure
arrays related interview questions
linked list data structure and its implementation
stacks and queues
related interview questions
what are binary search trees
practical applications of binary search trees
problems with binary trees
balanced trees: AVL trees and red-black trees
what are heaps
associative arrays and dictionaries
how to achieve O(1) constant running time with hashing
ternary search trees as associative arrays
basic graph algorithms
breadth-first and depth-first search
shortest path algorithms
what are spanning trees
bubble sort, selection sort and insertion sort
quicksort and merge sort
non-comparison based sorting algorithms
counting sort and radix sort
In the first part of the course we are going to learn about basic data structures such as linked lists, stacks, queues, binary search trees, heaps and some advanced ones such as AVL trees and red-black trees.. The second part will be about graph algorithms such as spanning trees, shortest path algorithms and graph traversing. We will try to optimize each data structure as much as possible.
In each chapter I am going to talk about the theoretical background of each algorithm or data structure, then we are going to write the code step by step in Python.
Most of the advanced algorithms relies heavily on these topics so it is definitely worth understanding the basics. These principles can be used in several fields: in investment banking, artificial intelligence or electronic trading algorithms on the stock market. Research institutes use Python as a programming language in the main: there are a lot of library available for the public from machine learning to complex networks.
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