Course Title: 
Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School of Engineering

'Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms' is a course offered in B. Tech. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit 1

Introduction: Overview of Data Structures – A Philosophy of Data Structures - The Need for Data Structures – Cost and Benefits - Abstract Data Types and Data Structures - Principles, and Patterns. Basic complexity analysis – Best, Worst, and Average Cases - Asymptotic Analysis - Analyzing Programs – Space Bounds, Arrays, Linked Lists and Recursion: Using Arrays - Lists - Array based List Implementation – Linked Lists – LL ADT – Singly Linked List – Doubly Linked List – Circular Linked List - recursion - linear, binary, and multiple recursions.

Unit 2

Stacks and Queues: Stack ADT - Array based Stacks, Linked Stacks – Implementing Recursion using Stacks, Queues - ADT, Array based Queue, Linked Queue, Doubleended queue, Circular queue. Trees: Tree Definition and Properties – Tree ADT - Basic tree traversals - Binary tree - Data structure for representing trees – Linked Structure for Binary Tree – Array based implementation. Priority queues: ADT – Implementing Priority Queue using List – Heaps. Maps and Dictionaries: Map ADT – List based Implementation – Hash Tables - Dictionary ADT - Skip List – Complexity.

Unit 3

Search trees – Binary search tree, AVL tree, Trees – K-D Trees - B-Trees. Sorting and Selection – Linear Sorting – Heap Sort - Divide and Conquer Strategy – Analysis using Recurrence Tree based Method - Merge Sort - Quick Sort - Studying Sorting through an Algorithmic Lens – Selection.

  • Goodrich M T and Tamassia R, “Data Structures and Algorithms in Java”, Fifth edition, Wiley publication, 2010.
  • Clifford A. Shaffer, “Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis”, Third Edition, Dover Publications, 2012.
  • Goodrich M T, Tamassia R and Michael H. Goldwasser, “Data Structures and Algorithms in Python++”, Wiley publication, 2013.
  • Tremblay J P and Sorenson P G, “An Introduction to Data Structures with Applications”, Second Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill, 2002.