Debbie Clay

Debbie Clay


Introduction to Binary Search (Data Structures & Algorithms)

Here’s my introduction to the binary search algorithm.

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Siphiwe  Nair

Siphiwe Nair


Your Data Architecture: Simple Best Practices for Your Data Strategy

If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you should probably think about your data architecture and possible best practices.

If you accumulate data on which you base your decision-making as an organization, you most probably need to think about your data architecture and consider possible best practices. Gaining a competitive edge, remaining customer-centric to the greatest extent possible, and streamlining processes to get on-the-button outcomes can all be traced back to an organization’s capacity to build a future-ready data architecture.

In what follows, we offer a short overview of the overarching capabilities of data architecture. These include user-centricity, elasticity, robustness, and the capacity to ensure the seamless flow of data at all times. Added to these are automation enablement, plus security and data governance considerations. These points from our checklist for what we perceive to be an anticipatory analytics ecosystem.

#big data #data science #big data analytics #data analysis #data architecture #data transformation #data platform #data strategy #cloud data platform #data acquisition

Rylan  Becker

Rylan Becker


Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms

Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms

Welcome to the introduction to data structures tutorial. Have you ever used a DVD case to store multiple DVDs or even a simple register used to store data manually? Both of the above real-life examples are a form of data structures.

Here DVDs in a DVD case and records in the register are examples of data and their arrangement in a particular structure makes them more easily accessible. Combining a similar concept with the digital world gives us data structures in computers.

A set of data in mathematics might be unchanging but in computers, they can grow, shrink or change with the use of algorithms. These are dynamic sets.

What is a Data Structure?

A data structure is a specific way of arranging the data in a computer so that its usage is more effective and efficient.

  • Data structures are a set of algorithms.
  • They are useful to store data in a way that makes it extremely accessible and easy to manipulate

Basic Terminologies of Data Structure

Here are a few standard terms that we will be using frequently in our Data Structure’s learning journey:

1. Data: Data is the elementary value or we can also say that it is a collection of values. For example, employee name and employee ID are data about an employee.

2. Group Item: Data items having sub-data items are known as group items. For example, names. I can have the first name and surname of the employee.

3. Record: Record is the collection of various data items. For example in the case of employee data, the record might consist of name, address, designation, pay scale, and working hours.

4. File: A file is a collection of multiple records of the same entity. For example, a collection of 500 employee records is a file.

5. Entity: Entity is a class of certain objects. Each entity has various attributes.

6. Attribute: Each attribute represents a particular property of the entity.

7. Field: Field is an elementary unit of the information that represents the attribute of an entity.

Types of Data structures

There are 2 types of data structures:

1. Primitive data structure

A primitive data structure or data type is defined by a programming language and the type and size of the variables, values are specific to the language. It does not have any additional methods. For example int, float, double, long, etc. These data types can hold a single value.

2. Non-primitive data structure

These data structures are defined by the programmers and not by the programming languages. These data structures can hold multiple values and make them easily accessible.

Non-primitive data structures can further be classified into two types:

a. Linear Data Structure

In the linear data structure, as the name suggests, data elements are arranged sequentially or linearly where each element is in connection with its previous and next element.

Since a single level is involved in a linear data structure, therefore, the whole data structure is traversable through all the elements in a single run only. These data structures are easy to implement. For example array, linked list, stack, and queue.

b. Non-linear Data Structure

In a non-linear data structure, the elements’ arrangement is not sequential or linear. Instead, they are arranged hierarchically. Hence we cannot traverse through each element in one run.

Non-linear data structures are a little bit more difficult to implement than linear data structures but they use computer memory more efficiently compared to linear data structures. For example graphs and trees.

Data structures classification can also be done in the following two categories :

  • Static data structures
  • Dynamic data structures
1. Static Data Structure

Static data structures have a specific memory size, the allocation of which is done at the time of compilation. Therefore, these data structures have fix memory size.

An array is the best example of static data structure.

2. Dynamic Data Structure

Dynamic data structures have flexible memory sizes since the memory allocation is done at the run time. Hence, dynamic data structures can shrink or grow as and when required by deallocating or allocating the memory respectively.

For example, linked lists, stack, queue, graphs, and trees are dynamic data structures.

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Gerhard  Brink

Gerhard Brink


Getting Started With Data Lakes

Frameworks for Efficient Enterprise Analytics

The opportunities big data offers also come with very real challenges that many organizations are facing today. Often, it’s finding the most cost-effective, scalable way to store and process boundless volumes of data in multiple formats that come from a growing number of sources. Then organizations need the analytical capabilities and flexibility to turn this data into insights that can meet their specific business objectives.

This Refcard dives into how a data lake helps tackle these challenges at both ends — from its enhanced architecture that’s designed for efficient data ingestion, storage, and management to its advanced analytics functionality and performance flexibility. You’ll also explore key benefits and common use cases.


As technology continues to evolve with new data sources, such as IoT sensors and social media churning out large volumes of data, there has never been a better time to discuss the possibilities and challenges of managing such data for varying analytical insights. In this Refcard, we dig deep into how data lakes solve the problem of storing and processing enormous amounts of data. While doing so, we also explore the benefits of data lakes, their use cases, and how they differ from data warehouses (DWHs).

This is a preview of the Getting Started With Data Lakes Refcard. To read the entire Refcard, please download the PDF from the link above.

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Alayna  Rippin

Alayna Rippin


Search Algorithms

Today, let us touch base on some fundamental concepts like search algorithms.

In simple terms, **searching **is a process of looking up a particular data record in the database or in the collection of items. A search typically answers as true or false whether the particular data in which we are referring is found or not and perform the next action accordingly.

Commonly used algorithms for search are:

  • Linear search
  • Binary search
  • Interpolation search

Let us understand them in detail with some example

Linear Search Algorithm

Linear Search Algorithm is the simplest and easiest form of the search algorithm. In this algorithm, a sequential search is made over all the items one by one to search for the targeted item. Each item is checked in sequence until the match is found. If the match is found, the searched item is returned otherwise the search continues till the end.

To make it easy to understand, let us see understand linear search using a flow diagram

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Linear Search — Data Flow

Points to note:

  • Does not need sorted array list
  • Performs equality comparisons
  • The time complexity is O(n)
  • Time taken to search elements keeps increasing as the number of elements is increased.

Binary Search Algorithm

In _Binary search algorithm, _begins with an interval covering the whole array and diving it in half. If the value of the search key is less than the item in the middle of the interval, narrow the interval to the lower half. Otherwise narrow it to the upper half. Repeatedly check until the value is found or the interval is empty.

To make it easy to understand, let us see understand binary search using flow diagram and example as below.

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Binary Search — Data Flow

Points to note:

  • The array needs to be sorted
  • Performs ordering comparisons
  • Time complexity to O(log n).
  • Search is done to either half of the given list, thus cut down your search to half time

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Wasswa  Meagan

Wasswa Meagan


Basics of Data Structure Algorithms

Basics of Data Structure Algorithms

If I ask you what is your morning routine, what will you answer? Let me answer it for you. You will wake up in the morning, freshen up, you’ll go for some exercise, come back, bath, have breakfast, and then you’ll get ready for the rest of your day.

If you observe closely these are a set of rules that you follow daily to get ready for your work or classes. If you skip even one step, you will not achieve your task, which is getting ready for the day.

These steps do not contain the details like, at what time you wake up or which toothpaste did you use or did you go for a walk or to the gym, or what did you have in your breakfast. But all they do contain are some basic fundamental steps that you need to execute to perform some task. This is a very basic example of algorithms. This is an algorithm for your everyday morning.

In this article, we will be learning algorithms, their characteristics, types of algorithms, and most important the complexity of algorithms.

What are Data Structure Algorithms?

Algorithms are a finite set of rules that must be followed for problem-solving operations. Algorithms are step-by-step guides to how the execution of a process or a program is done on a machine to get the expected output.

  • Do not contain complete programs or details. They are just logical solutions to a problem.
  • Algorithms are expressible in simple language or flowchart.

Characteristics of an Algorithm in Data Structure

No one would follow any written instructions to follow a daily morning routine. Similarly, you cannot follow anything available in writing and consider it as an algorithm. To consider some instructions as an algorithm, they must have some specific characteristics :

1. Input: An algorithm, if required, should have very well-defined inputs. An algorithm can have zero or more inputs.

2. Output: Every algorithm should have one or more very well-defined outputs. Without an output, the algorithm fails to give the result of the tasks performed.

3. Unambiguous: The algorithm should be unambiguous and it should not have any confusion under any circumstances. All the sentences and steps should be clear and must have only one meaning.

4. Finiteness: The steps in the algorithm must be finite and there should be no infinite loops or steps in the algorithm. In simple words, an algorithm should always end.

5. Effectiveness: An algorithm should be simple, practically possible, and easy to understand for all users. It should be executable upon the available resources and should not contain any kind of futuristic technology or imagination.

6. Language independent: An algorithm must be in plain language so that it can be easily implemented in any computer language and yet the output should be the same as expected.

Data flow of the Algorithm in Data Structure

1. Problem: To write a solution you need to first identify the problem. The problem can be an example of the real-world for which we need to create a set of instructions to solve it.

2. Algorithm: Design a step-by-step procedure for the above problem and this procedure, after satisfying all the characteristics mentioned above, is an algorithm.

3. Input: After creating the algorithm, we need to give the required input. There can be zero or more inputs in an algorithm.

4. Processing unit: The input is now forwarded to the processing unit and this processing unit will produce the desired result according to the algorithm.

5. Output: The desired or expected output of the program according to the algorithm.

Why do we need Data Structure Algorithm?

Suppose you want to cook chole ( or chickpeas) for lunch. Now you cannot just go to the kitchen and set utensils on gas and start cooking them. You must have soaked them for at least 12 hours before cooking, then chop desired vegetables and follow many steps after that to get the delicious taste, texture, and nutrition.

This is the need for algorithms. To get desired output, you need to follow some specific set of rules. These rules do not contain details like in the above example, which masala you are using or which salt you are using, or how many chickpeas you are soaking. But all these rules contain a basic step-by-step guide for best results.

We need algorithms for the following two reasons :

1. Performance: The result should be as expected. You can break the large problems into smaller problems and solve each one of them to get the desired result. This also shows that the problem is feasible.

2. Scalability: When you have a big problem or a similar kind of smaller problem, the algorithm should work and give the desired output for both problems. In our example, no matter how many people you have for lunch the same algorithm of cooking chickpeas will work every single time if followed correctly.

Let us try to write an algorithm for our lunch problem :

1. Soak chickpeas in the night so that they are ready till the next afternoon.

2. Chop some vegetables that you like.

3. Set up a utensil on gas and saute the chopped vegetables.

4. Add water and wait for boiling.

5. Add chickpeas and wait until you get the desired texture.

6. Chickpeas are now ready for your lunch.

The real-world example that we just discussed is a very close example of the algorithm. You cannot just start with step 3 and start cooking. You will not get the desired result. To get the desired result, you need to follow the specific order of rules. Also, each instruction should be clear in an algorithm as we can see in the above example.

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