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Question asked by Ankita Katdare in #Coffee Room on Aug 29, 2011
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Aug 29, 2011
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I will be sharing different questions in this thread.

Its open for Engineers for all Branches.


1. What do you mean by 'data structures'?

2. What are the major applications of data structures?

3. Which is the best sorting technique and why?

4. Does the minimum spanning tree of a graph give the shortest distance between any 2 specified nodes?

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andenagaveni24 · Aug 29, 2011
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data structure is a memory format in a computer where data can be stored and retrieved for use
Mohana Chandra
Mohana Chandra · Jan 13, 2020
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1. Data Structures are used to organize and store the data,inorder to use the data effectively.

2.There are many Applications.Here are some,

 ☆     Stacks in Memory management of          OS,Expression Evaluation,Program Execution,in games.

☆   Queues in a  waiting list of applications.

☆ Linked lists for storing web browser       history.

☆ Trees in Linux file system, as Syntax tree in compilers,as document object models.

3. Quick Sort is the best Sorting technique because its average time complexity is        O (n logn).Due to its logic of sorting,as selecting the pivot element and approaching to sort in both the sides (by splitting  the upper and lower ranges using pivot element ),it has the lower time complexity.

4.As Minimum Spanning tree is a Spanning tree which  is connected,weighted and undirected graph and that has minimum possible total weight. Yes,we can find  the shortest distance or minimum  weight edges between  the given to specified nodes.

Kruskal algorithm and Prims algorithm are used to find the minimum Spanning trees.

bharath kumar
bharath kumar · Jan 17, 2020
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1) Data structure is a specific way of organizing data in a computer so that it favours operations like insertion,deletion,searching etc


Web-browsers uses linked lists of webpages to facilitate backward and forward movement of webpages

Stack data structure is used to support recursion

Queues are used in cpu scheduling by operating system

Best application for tree datastructure is filesystem.


look at the above picture
Shortest distance between vertex d and c is 3
But in minimum spanning tree shortest distance between d and c is 5.
Therefore,we can conclude that mst doesn't always give shortest distance between 2 Nodes
Keerthana Velishala
Keerthana Velishala · Jan 17, 2020

1. Data structures are the one which will store the data in a effective and efficient manner.

2. Linked lists store web browser data

    Queues are used in cpu scheduling 

    Stacks are used for evaluating postfix expression, converting infix to postfix expression

3. Quick sort and it's time complexity is O(n log n)

4. Yes

Divisha Madupalli
Divisha Madupalli · Feb 20, 2020
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How is a binary search tree implemented? 

How do you perform preorder traversal in a given binary tree? 

How do you traverse a given binary tree in preorder without recursion? 

How do you perform an inorder traversal in a given binary tree?

How do you print all nodes of a given binary tree using inorder traversal without recursion? 

How do you implement a postorder traversal algorithm? 

How do you traverse a binary tree in postorder traversal without recursion?

How are all leaves of a binary search tree printed? 

How do you count a number of leaf nodes in a given binary tree? 

How do you perform a binary search in a given array?

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