Shared memory with Persistent data structures

The Clojure data structures are immutable, so they initially seem similar to constants rather than variables. Once a collection is created, it cannot be changed. Any functions that run on a collection do not change the collection, instead they return a new collection with the respective changes.

Creating a new collection each time may seem inefficient, however, the persistent collections use a sharing model. When a new collection is created, it links to all the relevant elements of the original collection and adds any new elements.

Persistent data structures

Hint Read the InfoQ article on An In-Depth Look at Clojure Collections.

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