# Static Data Structure vs Dynamic Data Structure

Data structure is a way of storing and organising data efficiently such that the required operations on them can be performed be efficient with respect to time as well as memory. Simply, Data Structure are used to reduce complexity (mostly the time complexity) of the code.

Data structures can be two types :

1. Static Data Structure

2. Dynamic Data Structure

**What is a Static Data structure?**

In Static data structure the size of the structure is fixed. The content of the data structure can be modified but without changing the memory space allocated to it.

Example of Static Data Structures: Array

**What is Dynamic Data Structure?**

In Dynamic data structure the size of the structure in not fixed and can be modified during the operations performed on it. Dynamic data structures are designed to facilitate change of data structures in the run time.

Example of Dynamic Data Structures: Linked List

**Static Data Structure vs Dynamic Data Structure**

Static Data structure has fixed memory size whereas in Dynamic Data Structure, the size can be randomly updated during run time which may be considered efficient with respect to memory complexity of the code. Static Data Structure provides more easier access to elements with respect to dynamic data structure. Unlike static data structures, dynamic data structures are flexible.

**Use of Dynamic Data Structure in Competitive Programming**

In competitive programming the constraints on memory limit is not much high and we cannot exceed the memory limit. Given higher value of the constraints we cannot allocate a static data structure of that size so Dynamic Data Structures can be useful.

Also, please refer Linked List vs Array for more information.

## Recommended Posts:

- Applications of Graph Data Structure
- A data structure for n elements and O(1) operations
- Stack Data Structure (Introduction and Program)
- Remove duplicates from unsorted array using Set data structure
- Remove duplicates from unsorted array using Map data structure
- Introduction to Data Structures | 10 most commonly used Data Structures
- Structure Sorting (By Multiple Rules) in C++
- Abstract Data Types
- Skewness of statistical data
- Data Structures | Misc | Question 5
- How can one become good at Data structures and Algorithms easily?
- Difference between Stack and Queue Data Structures
- Why Data Structures and Algorithms Are Important to Learn?
- Data Structures and Algorithms Online Courses : Free and Paid
- Build Binary Tree from BST such that it's level order traversal prints sorted data

If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article using contribute.geeksforgeeks.org or mail your article to contribute@geeksforgeeks.org. See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks.

Please Improve this article if you find anything incorrect by clicking on the "Improve Article" button below.