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Abstract Data Types

ADTs classify data structures based on usage and behavior, providing an understanding of the interface and responses.

Stacks

         

One impact that stacks have had in the area of computer organization is in the realization of so-called stack machines. Here, the entries in a stack are arithmetic operands and the machine instruction set contains arithmetic operators.

For example for a stack \(s\), MUL is equivalent to s.push(s.pop() * s.pop()). All other elementary operations (ADD, DIV, SUB) are defined in a similar way. What will POP return once the stack machine evaluates the operations below?

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
PUSH 5
PUSH 2
PUSH 10
PUSH 2
PUSH 9
MUL
ADD
DIV
SUB

The objective of Towers of Hanoi puzzle is to move all discs to stack three, obeying the following simple rules:

  • Only one disk can be moved at a time.
  • Each move consists of taking the upper disk from one of the stacks and placing it on top of another stack i.e. a disk can only be moved if it is the uppermost disk on a stack.
  • No disk may be placed on top of a smaller disk.

We can consider each stack as a stack object. For example moving the purple disk on the top of the second stack to the third stack would require the following two operations:

  • stack_2.pop()
  • stack_3.push(purple)

Consider the nearly complete puzzle below

dds

dds

How many operations are needed if the above puzzle is solved using the fewest number of stack operations?

Consider the standard algorithm for converting a decimal number (base 10) into a binary number (base 2). This algorithm makes use of a single stack and works by continually taking the modulo \(2\) of the number and also continually dividing it by two. This allows us to finally obtain the bits of the integer.

The number of times \(n\) a number has to be pushed to this stack in order to be fully converted can be expressed as a function \(f(n)\). What is \(f(n)\)?

The objective of Towers of Hanoi puzzle is to move all discs to stack three, obeying the following simple rules:

  • Only one disk can be moved at a time.
  • Each move consists of taking the upper disk from one of the stacks and placing it on top of another stack i.e. a disk can only be moved if it is the uppermost disk on a stack.
  • No disk may be placed on top of a smaller disk.

We can consider each stack as a stack object. For example moving the purple disk on the top of the second stack to the third stack would require the following two operations:

  • stack_2.pop()
  • stack_3.push(purple)

Consider the nearly complete puzzle below

dds

dds

How many operations are needed if the above puzzle is solved using the fewest number of stack operations?

One impact that stacks have had in the area of computer organization is in the realization of so-called stack machines. Here, the entries in a stack are arithmetic operands and the machine instruction set contains arithmetic operators.

For example for a stack \(s\), MUL is equivalent to s.push(s.pop() * s.pop()). All other elementary operations (ADD, DIV, SUB) are defined in a similar way. What will POP return once the stack machine evaluates the operations below?

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
PUSH 5
PUSH 2
PUSH 10
PUSH 2
PUSH 9
MUL
ADD
DIV
SUB
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