Amazon Interview Question for Software Engineer / Developers

Country: United States
Interview Type: Phone Interview

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1) Hash_map is a Hashed Associative Container that associates objects of type Key with objects of type Data.
Finding an element in a hash_map by its key is efficient, so hash_map is useful where the order of elements is irrelevant.
If order of elements is important we use STL Maps.

2) Elements in a hash map are organized in buckets. The value of a deterministic hash function with input as key, determines the location for storing a <key, value> pair.

3) STL hash maps can have only 1 value associated to a specific key. The original value for a key is over-written when you insert another value for the same key. If we wish to associate different values with same key, we should use STL MultiMaps.

4) Queues are FIFO (First in First Out) based Data structures.

5) priority queue: elements are pulled highest-priority-first

6) Priority need not be integral. There can be string comparisons as priority

- Anonymous November 06, 2011 | Flag Reply

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