I am not sure if this question is odd topic or too broad, but I have been wondering about this for a long time, and I would very much appreciate any valuable inputs.
As a new grad student working on data structures (in this case, related to pattern matching literature), how would someone get through the huge amount of literature that needs to be covered? I have a reasonable understanding of basic data structures, but each time I open a research paper, there are heaps of new terms that I haven't heard before. In an effort to broaden my knowledge, I have been reading a few textbooks. For instance:
- Advanced data structures by Peter Brass
- Compact Data Structures A Practical Approach by Gonzalo Navarro (which is quite hard to get through)
Still, getting through the research papers seems like a never ending battle. What is a really good approach to get an overview of such huge volume of works done in the area?