Introduction to Binary Search and Complexity Analysis with Python
Part 1 of "Data Structures and Algorithms in Python"
Data Structures and Algorithms in Python is a beginner-friendly introduction to common data structures (linked lists, stacks, queues, graphs) and algorithms (search, sorting, recursion, dynamic programming) in Python, designed to help you prepare for coding interviews and assessments.
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This course assumes very little background in programming and mathematics, and you can learn the required concepts here:
- Basic programming with Python (variables, data types, loops, functions etc.)
- Some high school mathematics (polynomials, vectors, matrices and probability)
- No prior knowledge of data structures or algorithms is required
We'll cover any additional mathematical and theoretical concepts we need as we go along.
How to Run the Code
The best way to learn the material is to execute the code and experiment with it yourself. This tutorial is an executable Jupyter notebook. You can run this tutorial and experiment with the code examples in a couple of ways: using free online resources (recommended) or on your computer.
Option 1: Running using free online resources (1-click, recommended)
The easiest way to start executing the code is to click the Run button at the top of this page and select Run on Binder. You can also select "Run on Colab" or "Run on Kaggle", but you'll need to create an account on Google Colab or Kaggle to use these platforms.
Option 2: Running on your computer locally
To run the code on your computer locally, you'll need to set up Python, download the notebook and install the required libraries. We recommend using the Conda distribution of Python. Click the Run button at the top of this page, select the Run Locally option, and follow the instructions.
Jupyter Notebooks: This notebook is made of cells. Each cell can contain code written in Python or explanations in plain English. You can execute code cells and view the results instantly within the notebook. Jupyter is a powerful platform for experimentation and analysis. Don't be afraid to mess around with the code & break things - you'll learn a lot by encountering and fixing errors. You can use the "Kernel > Restart & Clear Output" menu option to clear all outputs and start again from the top.
Try executing the cells below:
# Import a library module
# Use a function from the library