Questions regarding efficient storing and representing data within a software application.

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What is the underlying mechanism behind va_list and where is it defined?

http://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cstdarg/va_list/ According to the above link, va_list is an argument or parameter used in some macros - va_start, va_arg, va_end. These macros are present in the ...
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Data structures VS Classes and what happens if they merge? [closed]

Alright so I've learned this: Classes have public methods that perform operations on the class's data and they hide away their implementations. Data structures on the other hand, completely expose ...
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Most efficient data structure for implementing inheritance structure without classes

I have a number of types that all relate to each other in terms of them being 'derived' from one another. I'd need a way to do is relationships, which made me initially think of classes, but I ...
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Testing the Consumers of Subclassed Data Structures

PHP's SplQueue does not include a clear() or reset() function to wipe data out of the data structure. My application requires that functionality. This leaves two options: A) Create a subclass of ...
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fast n-gram access data structure

TL;DR Is there a data structure that'd quickly let me match words at any point (e.g., 'foo' matches 'foobar' and 'zoofoo'), and, ideally, returns a list of "characters that show up after the needle" ...
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Chained ruleset parsing and evaluation code: recommendations?

So I have to write a filtering system, which may apply preprocessed ruleset to data - and trigger some actions defined in the ruleset while continuing its evaluation. <ruleset name="1"> ...
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What is the difference between a Splay Tree and an Optimal Binary Search Tree?

Both these trees try to keep the most frequently accessed element at the top. Is there any difference between these two trees?
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Minimize touching the already-working code when a radical change is required

I have a code that highly relies on an Array structure like the following: $array['customer'][$customer_id]['details'][..]; // it goes to about 10 levels deep However, after almost two years ...
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Method to store some site content data, allowing reusability

(Don't believe this is a "best practice" question as I believe there will be a single better choice). I need to choose a data storage option to store specific site data to allow easy management and ...
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Designing storage service data structure for decoupled models sharing same data

Surely most of you remember the Norton Commander application where similar (sometimes the same) data is displayed in separate decoupled views. I'm building a web application that follows the same ...
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How do purely functional programming languages deal with fast changing data?

What data structures can you use so you can get O(1) removal and replacement? Or how can you avoid situations when you need said structures?
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Choice between 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional array

I'm implementing the Chessboard class to represent the chessboard. I've to implement the transformations (reflections and rotations) on the chess board possible. The possible transformations includes ...
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Data retrieval and indexing

I have around 800,000 rows of data stored in the boost shared memory from the database. The data are in the form: Id Color Length Size 1 1 2 ...
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Graph data structures and journal format for mini-IDE

Background: I am writing a small/partial IDE. Code is internally converted/parsed into a graph data structure (for fast navigation, syntax-check etc). Functionality to undo/redo (also between ...
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Find possible variations of one item out of multiple baskets.

I have three baskets of balls and each of them has 10 balls which have the following numbers: Basket 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Basket 2: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 ...
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How to organize points on a sphere in bins and navigate between bins?

I'm having trouble coming up with a suitable way to navigate through a set of star coordinates in the Equatorial Coordinate System. My goal is to display those which are within a given range of ...
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Is there already a “Binder” data-structure?

I was thinking of a data structure that I cannot describe better than with the word "book", or more exactly "binder". I was wondering if this had already been implemented in libraries like Boost or ...
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Implementation/Representation of Symmetries in Chessboards

In a 8X8 chessboard, I was wondering how to implement the symmetry of the board. A lot of positions are just mirrors or rotations of one another (with no pawns or castling capabilities left the ...
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Documenting/defining data structures in Python

What is the preferred way to document the contents of and logic behind dynamically generated data structures in Python? E.g. a dict which contains the mapping of a string to a list of lists of ...
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Replacing static classes with global state to a series of POJOs, beginning to feel like an anti-pattern

I'm trying to refactor some code, and one of the major changes is to remove the (ab)use of static classes to give global state. I've tried to split up some of the 'global state' functionality with ...
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Bloom filters or similar, but with no false positive

To improve some lookups, I am considering the use of Bloom Filters. But in my use-case, the most probable outcome is that the element do exists in the target set. Bloom filters can have false ...
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Compound container for storing output from a parser

Consider a hierarchical structure like this directory [ [item_0;item_1;...;item_n] [item_0;item_1;inner_directory[...];item_m] other_directory [...] ] ...
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Is a tree with nodes that have reference to parent still a tree?

If we make reference to the parent for each node in a tree, do we still have a tree (by definition) anymore? Wikipedia definition is: In computer science, a tree is a widely used abstract data ...
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Is my understanding of abstract datatypes correct?

After reading lots of pages on various sites, I came to the conclusion that abstract datatype helps to separate the use of datastructure from its implementation. We can easily map the data into a ...
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Critique the Structure of my Horse Racing Betting Platform

I am creating a program (mostly just for fun) that displays live prices for horse racing markets and the prices that several models predict they should be. I am very interested in the optimal way to ...
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Designing online exam [duplicate]

I need to design an online exam server for an exam like GRE in which question difficulty increases if you answer correctly and decreases if you answer wrong. Questions are multiple choice ...
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Designing online exam

I need to design an online exam server for an exam like GRE in which question difficulty increases if you answer correctly and decreases if you answer wrong. Questions are multiple choice ...
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Is there any practical algorithm / data-structure that can't be done with non-recursive Lambda Calculus augmented with foldl?

In my search for a practical non-turing complete programming language, I've been paying attention to lambda-calculus with disallowed self-application - that is, x x forbidden. After taking that ...
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Why it is `(cons 1 (cons 2 (cons 3 nil)))` and not `(cons 3 (cons 2 (cons 1 nil)))` for [1,2,3]?

Is there any special reason that to construct list in Scheme you use (cons 1 (cons 2 (cons 3 nil))) instead of (cons 3 (cons 2 (cons 1 nil))) ? While the first seems more obvious because it ...
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Is there any particular reason for the use of lists over queues in functional programming languages?

Most functional programming languages such as Scheme and Haskell use lists as their main data structure. Queues are identical to lists, except for the fact appending to the end - not to the begin - ...
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Random access (read/write) in datastructures

Certain datastructures, like Python's Dictionary, are unordered/random read/written. As programming in python is iterative (and programming in general is?), how do these unordered datastructures ...
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Faster reads, on an infinite grid plane, than using a hash table?

In the past, I've had alot of success just using a .NET Dictionary, with a TKey consisting of the X,Y coordinates merged together. However its read performance, despite being amortized constant time, ...
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How necessary is it to follow defensive programming practices for code that will never be made publicly available?

I'm writing a Java implementation of a card game, so I created a special type of Collection I'm calling a Zone. All modification methods of Java's Collection are unsupported, but there's a method in ...
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Most suitable data structure for in-memory string -> int conversion for variable length strings

My project involves validating and normalising email addresses in this format [userpart]@[domainpart].[tld] After syntactic validation of the address, [tld] is checked to exist, otherwise the ...
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PHP SplFixedArray How To Deal With billions of indexes?

I've built a flatfile db system that will work like mini-noSQL system and it split db to smaller files, and I did a SplFixedArray wrapper for it with a method for searching usage built on preg_grep. ...
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Which data structure for representing possible navigations between a game's screens?

I am trying to find an appropriate data structure for representing available navigations between a game's screens. Using a linked list, a node can only have one node after it : inappropriate. Using ...
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How do we keep dependent data structures up to date?

Suppose you have a parse tree, an abstract syntax tree, and a control flow graph, each one logically derived from the one before. In principle it is easy to construct each graph given the parse tree, ...
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Can anyone explain to me what problem Core Data solves? [closed]

Core Data seems to add a needless layer of complexity. If you want to save data created natively by the user in an app why not just use an object and then write the data all to SQLite or back to a ...
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Data structure supporting the following operations

I'm looking for a data structure for working with a set of data which is most efficient to do the following : Check whether an item has been categorized or not. (The categorized and uncategorized ...
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what would be the best data structure for my situation [closed]

I have a list of unique string. I don't want to destroy this string i need it.I only need to find out weather an given string S exist in this unique list.What would be the best data structure for this ...
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How should I structure my database to gain maximum efficiently in this scenario?

I'm developing a PHP script that analyzes the web traffic of my clients websites. By placing a link to a javascript on the clients website (think of Google Analyses), my script harvests information ...
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I need to create an employee schedule/appointments program, but I don't know how to set it up [closed]

I work for a gym. I am the programmer, its just me, nobody else! Gets really frustrating when there's nobody to bounce conceptual ideas off of. I'm getting rid of our archaic paper binder systems for ...
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Is it wise to store a big lump of json on a database row

I have this project which stores product details from amazon into the database. Just to give you an idea on how big it is: [{"title":"Genetic Engineering (Opposing ...
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Data Structure for Small Number of Agents in a Relatively Big 2D World

I'm working on a project where we will implement a kind of world simulation where there is a square 2D world. Agents live on this world and make decisions like moving or replicating themselves based ...
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How does Google store its PageRank matrix?

I'm curious to know how Google stores the matrix that's used in the PageRank algorithm; and am looking for a data-structure for storing a very-large (not fitting in memory of any one computer) sparse ...
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Reconstructing a tree from depth information

I have a data structure that describes a tree. Nodes are ordered, with "depth" information, and knowing the order and the depth the tree can be reconstructed. I'm not entirely sure how to describe it ...
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Implementing basic data structures in programming interviews [closed]

I have been preparing to do my first technical interview in a month, and I have a question about implementing common data structures like stacks or linked lists. I plan to do the interview in either ...
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Is there a data structure for this type of list/map?

Perhaps there's a name for what I want, but I'm not aware of it. I need something similar to a LinkedHashMap in Java, but where it returns the 'previous' value if there's no value at the specified ...
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Treating a 1D data structure as 2D grid

I am working with a native class that represents a 2D image as a 1D array. If you want to change one pixel, for example, you need to now how to derive the index from the x,y coordinates. So, let's ...
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Why are algorithms and data structures important? [duplicate]

It seems like a lot of university-level computer science programs and programmer job interviews focus heavily on algorithms and data structures. I'm curious as to why universities and employers put so ...