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Introduction to Stacks and Queues (Data Structures & Algorithms #12)

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Here's my introduction to stacks, queues, and deques (double-ended queues)!
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To explain that, I think the best way to do that would be to give you a bunch of examples.', 'start': 929.242, 'duration': 7.626}, {'end': 944.223, 'text': 'This one is balanced because there are scar brackets inside and regular brackets outside.', 'start': 938.479, 'duration': 5.744}, {'end': 947.286, 'text': 'This is not balanced, obviously.', 'start': 944.243, 'duration': 3.043}, {'end': 952.53, 'text': "This is not balanced either because you're trying to close before you open.", 'start': 947.306, 'duration': 5.224}, {'end': 955.092, 'text': 'This one is not balanced.', 'start': 953.831, 'duration': 1.261}, {'end': 961.998, 'text': 'And this one is not balanced either because these two types of brackets are overlapping.', 'start': 956.554, 'duration': 5.444}, {'end': 970.585, 'text': 'Anyway, you should be able to solve this problem in O where n is the length of the string and O as well.', 'start': 962.399, 'duration': 8.186}, {'end': 973.708, 'text': 'Anyway, sorry about the delay 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