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What are infix, postfix and prefix expressions?

Stacks can be used to implement algorithms involving Infix, postfix and prefix expressions. So let us learn about them:- INFIX:- An infix expression is a single letter, or an operator, proceeded by one infix string and followed by another infix string. A A + B (A + B) + (C – D) PREFIX:- A prefix expression is a… Read More »

What is a Stack?

A stack is a simple data structure for storing data (similar to Linked List). In stack, the order in which the data arrives is important. The pile of plates at a cafeteria is a good example of stacks. The plates are added to the stack as they are cleaned. They are placed on top of the previous plates.… Read More »

What is Segmentation Fault?

From Wikipedia: A segmentation fault occurs when a program attempts to access a memory location that it is not allowed to access, or attempts to access a memory location in a way that is not allowed (for example, attempting to write to a read-only location, or to overwrite part of the operating system). Segmentation is one approach to… Read More »

What is the difference between calloc() and malloc() ?

Question: What is the difference between doing:         ptr = (char **) malloc (MAXELEMS * sizeof(char *)); or:         ptr = (char **) calloc (MAXELEMS, sizeof(char*)); When is it a good idea to use calloc and when to use malloc ? There are two differences:- Firstly it is in the number of arguments, malloc() takes a single argument… Read More »

What is an unsigned char?

Question: In C, what is an unsigned char used for? How is this different from a regular char? In C, there are three distinct character types: char signed char unsigned char If you are using character types for text, use the unqualified char: it is the type of character literals like ‘a’ or ‘0’. it is the type… Read More »

What is the difference between i++ and ++i ?

Question: In C, what is the difference between using ++i and i++, and which should be used in the incrementation block of a for loop ? i++ is known as Post Increment whereas ++i is called Pre Increment. ++i will increment the value of i, and then return the incremented value. i++ will increment the value of i,… Read More »

What is Backtracking?

Backtracking is the method of exhaustive search using divide and conquer. Sometimes the best algorithm for a problem is to try all the possibilities. This is always slow, but there are standard tools that can be used for help. Tools: algorithms for generating basic objects, such as binary strings [2n possibilities for n-bit string], permutations [n!], combinations [n!/r!(n-r)!],… Read More »

Discuss the Tower Of Hanoi puzzle

The tower of Hanoi is a mathematical puzzle. It consists of three rods, and a number of disks of different sizes which can slide onto any rod. The puzzle starts with the disks on one rod in ascending order of size, the smallest at the top, thus making a conical shape. The objective of the puzzle is to… Read More »

Recursion and Memory (Vizualization)

Each recursive call makes a new copy of that method (more specifically speaking ‘the variables’) in memory. Once a method ends (i.e returns some data), the copy of that returning method is removed from the memory. The recursive solutions look simple but visualization and tracing takes time. For better understanding, let us see the following example. For this… Read More »