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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advanced Data Structures (Spring 2012)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via MIT OpenCourseWare


Course Features

  • Video lectures
  • Captions/transcript
  • Lecture notes
  • Assignments: problem sets with solutions

Educator Features

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Course Description

Data structures play a central role in modern computer science. You interact with data structures even more often than with algorithms (think Google, your mail server, and even your network routers). In addition, data structures are essential building blocks in obtaining efficient algorithms. This course covers major results and current directions of research in data structure.


Thanks to videographers Martin Demaine and Justin Zhang.


1. Persistent Data Structures.
2. Retroactive Data Structures.
3. Geometric Structures I.
4. Geometric Structures II.
5. Dynamic Optimality I.
6. Dynamic Optimality II.
7. Memory Hierarchy Models.
8. Cache-Oblivious Structures I.
9. Cache-Oblivious Structures II.
10. Dictionaries.
11. Integer Models.
12. Fusion Trees.
13. Integer Lower Bounds.
14. Sorting in Linear Time.
15. Static Trees.
16. Strings.
17. Succinct Structures I.
18. Succinct Structures II.
19. Dynamic Graphs I.
20. Dynamic Graphs II.
21. Dynamic Connectivity Lower Bound.
22. History of Memory Models.

Taught by

Prof. Erik Demaine

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