Introduction to Linear Data Structures

In computer science, linear data structures are a kind of data structure where the parts of the data are ordered either linearly or sequentially. With the exception of the first and last items, every element has an adjacent prior element.

Characteristics of Linear Data Structure:

Sequential Organisation: Data items are put one after the other in linear data structures. With the exception of the initial element, each component has a unique ancestor and a unique successor.

Order Preservation: The data structure maintains the order in which pieces are inserted. Accordingly, the elements that are added first will be accessed or removed first, and the elements that are added last will be accessed or removed last.

Fixed or Dynamic Size: There are two possible sizes for linear data structures: fixed and dynamic. Unlike other structures like linked lists, stacks, and queues, which can dynamically expand or contract in response to the addition or removal of components, arrays usually have a fixed size when they are built.

Efficient Access: In general, it is efficient to access elements inside a linear data structure. For instance, arrays provide index-based constant-time access to elements.

For sequential data organisation and manipulation, linear data structures are frequently utilised. Among the most popular linear data structures are the following:

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