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"In computer science, a data structure is a data organization, management, and storage format that enables efficient access and modification. More precisely, a data structure is a collection of data values, the relationships among them, and the functions or operations that can be applied to the data."

-- source: Wikipedia

Examples of data structures:

  • [61, 22, 53, 48, 27]
  • {"id": 324, "type": 4, "size": 19}

Python knows how to work with of several types of data structures without the need to import additional libraries. Sometimes you do need to import a library to provide support (e.g. json, csv, sql) but most of these are already available when you have python installed. In rare cases you may need to build or acquire a third-party library for data structure support.

In these pages we mainly look at the most common data structures in python:

Name Example Details
List [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] Values can be modified, added, deleted. Can be referenced with index.
Tuple ('January', 'February', 'March', 'April') Once set, values cannot be changed. Can be referenced with index.
Array arrayexample details
Tuple tuple example details