Data Structure Basics

Data Structure Category

Data structure can be divided into following categories:

  1. Primitive data structure
  2. Non-primitive data structure


Primitive data structure

Primitive data structure are the basic structure and they are directly operated upon by the machine instructions.

The important primitive data structure are:

  • Integer
  • Float
  • Character
  • Pointer

Non-primitive data structure

Non-primitive data structure are derived from the primitive data structures. 

They can allow structuring of homogeneous or heterogenous data items.

The important non-primitive data structure are:

  • Arrays
  • Lists
  • Files

Lists may further be classified as:

  1. Linear lists → Stack, Queue
  2. Non-linear lists → Graph, Tree

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