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Data Structures

About the course

This interactive textbook was written with the intention of teaching Computer Science students about various data structures as well as the applications in which each data structure would be appropriate to use. It is currently being used at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of San Diego (USD), and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

This textbook utilizes the Active Learning approach to instruction, meaning it has various activities embedded throughout to help stimulate your learning and improve your understanding of the materials we will cover. You will encounter STOP and Think questions that will help you reflect on the material, Exercise Breaks that will test your knowledge and understanding of the concepts discussed, and Code Challenges that will allow you to actually implement some of the algorithms we will cover.

Currently, all code challenges are in C++ or Python, but the vast majority of the textbook's content is language-agnostic theory of complexity and algorithm analysis. In other words, even without C++ or Python knowledge, the key takeaways of the textbook can still be obtained.

Instructors

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    Niema Moshiri
    PhD candidate in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at UC San Diego, SD-raised
    My name is (Alexander) Niema Moshiri, and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology program at the University of California, San Diego. I work on computational biology, with a research focus on phylogenetics and phylogenomics. I am co-advised by Dr. Siavash Mirarab and Dr. Pavel Pevzner. I also place a heavy emphasis on teaching, namely on the development of online educational content, primarily Massive Adaptive Interactive Texts (MAITs).

Reviews

Varun Goyal April 6, 2018 link
Rated:  5
This is a great course for beginners and even for the ones familiar with the topics. I highly recommend it. The material (and visualizations), assignments, quizzes are great. For learners, I suggest to put time on each topic though you may be familiar with it. The material is easy to understand and the assignments and quizzes help to clear the concepts a lot. I would like instructors to add more programming assignments. This would help a lot. Thanks :)
Aviros Testonis March 1, 2018 link
Rated:  5
Very nice and well structured course about data structures. Highly recommended as an introduction to abstract data structures, graphs and hashing. Many thanks!
Vladimir Lutsjak February 25, 2018 link
Rated:  4
It was good course and not very easy for me. I had receive understand about some Data Sructures and algorithms for work with data. I think that the course can be better with more quantity of practical tasks.
4.8 All reviews

Data Structures - Niema Moshiri and Liz Izhikevich - 2016

Expected time to complete:
12 hours
Language:
English
Certificate:
Yes
Certificate details
Certificate condition: 100 points
With distinction: 150 points

About the course

This interactive textbook was written with the intention of teaching Computer Science students about various data structures as well as the applications in which each data structure would be appropriate to use. It is currently being used at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of San Diego (USD), and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

This textbook utilizes the Active Learning approach to instruction, meaning it has various activities embedded throughout to help stimulate your learning and improve your understanding of the materials we will cover. You will encounter STOP and Think questions that will help you reflect on the material, Exercise Breaks that will test your knowledge and understanding of the concepts discussed, and Code Challenges that will allow you to actually implement some of the algorithms we will cover.

Currently, all code challenges are in C++ or Python, but the vast majority of the textbook's content is language-agnostic theory of complexity and algorithm analysis. In other words, even without C++ or Python knowledge, the key takeaways of the textbook can still be obtained.

This course is entirely free. All content is available now.