data structure


Definition of data structure

: any of various methods or formats (such as an array, file, or record) for organizing data in a computer

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Recent Examples on the Web The data structure allows developers and translators to retrieve and process visual user interface components such as buttons, automatically extracting their labels and captions for translation in bulk. Lohit Sarma, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 As an acquisitive company, Stanley Black & Decker operates in a complex IT and data structure environment. Forbes, 10 May 2021 When needed, shaders can use GeometryIndex() to index into the app's own data structures. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 19 Mar. 2020 Other data structures in the processor, such as the branch predictor, can also be probed and have their performance measured, which can similarly be used to reveal sensitive information. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2018 Spectre 2 relied on a part called the Branch Target Buffer (BTB)—the data structure within the processor that records the branch target. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 26 Mar. 2018 As a defense in-depth measure, WebKit has also started using obfuscated memory addresses in certain data structures. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 11 Jan. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Data structure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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