An implementation of a data structure involves both choosing a storage structure and providing a set of procedures/functions that implement the appropriate operations using the chosen storage structure. Formally, a data structure is defined as a distinguished domain in an abstract data type that specifies the structure. Computer solution of a real-world problem involves designing some ideal data structures, and then mapping these onto available data structures (e.g. arrays, records, lists, queues, and trees) for the implementation.
Note that terms for data structures are used to denote both the structure and data having that structure.
See also dynamic data structure, static data structure.
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