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# ğŸš€ DSA Master

Welcome, Interview Masters!

Today we have curated a list of the *Top Data Structures and Algorithms* to study for interviews.

These concepts will teach you the core techniques you need to know to crush any technical interview.

Algorithms are divided into 2 broad categories:

Data Structure specific algorithms

General algorithms/techniques

Implement all the algorithms unless otherwise specified.

We will be using some of these algorithms in next editions of Interview Master (if not already covered in the previous editions).

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### Data Structure specific algorithms

**1. Arrays**

Sorting:

QuickSort: Efficient average-case time complexity (O(

`nlog n`

))MergeSort: Stable sort, useful when order matters (O(

`nlog n`

))

Searching:

Binary Search: Fast search in sorted arrays (O(

`log n`

))

Two Pointers:

In-place manipulation, often for sorted arrays (e.g., removing duplicates)

Sliding Window:

Subarray problems, finding maximum/minimum within a window

**2. Linked Lists**

Traversal:

Iterate through the list, understand the node structure

Insertion/Deletion:

At beginning, end, or at a specific position

Reversal:

In-place reversal, recursive and iterative approaches

Cycle Detection:

Floyd's Tortoise and Hare algorithm

**3. Hash Tables (Hash Maps/Sets)**

Implementation not needed. Just understand following:

Understand how hash functions work

Insertion/Deletion/Lookup

Collision Handling

**4. Trees (Binary Trees, Binary Search Trees, etc.)**

Traversal:

Inorder, Preorder, Postorder (recursive and iterative)

Searching:

Find a node with a given value (especially in BSTs)

**5. Stacks**

Implementation not needed. Just understand following:

Push/Pop/Peek Operations

**6. Queues**

Implementation not needed. Just understand following:

Enqueue/Dequeue Operations

**7. Heaps (Priority Queues)**

Implementation not needed. Just understand following:

Insertion/Deletion (extract-min/max)

Building a Heap

Top

`K`

Elements:Using a heap to find

`k`

largest/smallest elements

**8. Graphs**

Traversal:

Breadth-First Search (BFS)

Depth-First Search (DFS)

Shortest Path:

Dijkstra's Algorithm

Cycle Detection:

DFS

**9. Tries**

Implement Trie from scratch

Insertion/Searching:

For words/prefixes

Autocompletion:

Using a trie for word suggestions

**10. Union-Find (Disjoint Set)**

Implement Union-Find from scratch

Find/Union Operations

Cycle Detection in undirected graphs

### General algorithms/techniques

**1. Recursion**

Defining a problem in terms of itself, often leading to elegant and concise solutions.

Solve: Factorial calculation, tree traversals, depth-first search.

**2. Dynamic Programming**

Breaking down a problem into overlapping subproblems and storing solutions to avoid recomputation.

Solve: Fibonacci sequence, Knapsack problem, Longest Common Subsequence.

**3. Greedy Algorithms**

Making locally optimal choices at each step with the hope of finding a global optimum.

Implement: Kruskal's algorithm for minimum spanning trees.

**4. Backtracking**

Incrementally building solutions, exploring all possible paths, and abandoning invalid ones.

Solve: Sudoku solver, N-Queens problem, generating permutations.

`WHAT'S NEXT?`

Once you have implemented the above algorithms, solve *Interview Master 100**, *which contains top 100 interview problems.

Each problem builds upon previous problems so that you can gradually expand your knowledge as you progress.

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