Count of Nodes in a LinkedList whose value is equal to their frequency

Given a Singly linked list, the task is to count the number of nodes whose data value is equal to its frequency.

Input: Linked list = 2 -> 3 -> 3 -> 3 -> 4 -> 2
Output: 2
Frequency of element 2 is 2
Frequency of element 3 is 3
Frequency of element 4 is 1
So, 2 and 3 are elements which have same frequency as it’s value

Input: Linked list = 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6
Output: 1

Recommended: Please try your approach on {IDE} first, before moving on to the solution.

Approach to solve this problem is as following

  • Iterate over the linked list and store the frequency of every element of the array using a map
  • Iterate over the map and count the number of elements whose frequency is equal to their value

Below is the implementation of the above approach:





/* Link list node */
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
class Node {
    int data;
    Node* next;
// Function to add a node at the 
// beginning of List
void push(Node** head_ref, int data)  
    /* allocate node */
    Node* new_node =new Node(); 
    /* put in the data */
    new_node->data = data;  
    // link the old list off the new
    // node
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);  
    // move the head to point to the
    // new node
    (*head_ref) = new_node;  
// Counts the no. of occurences of a
// node in a linked list
int countValuesWithSameFreq(Node* start)
    map<int, int> mpp;
    Node* current = start;
    int count = 0;
    while (current != NULL) {
        mpp[current->data] += 1;
        current = current->next;
    int ans = 0;
    for (auto x : mpp) {
        int value = x.first;
        int freq = x.second;
        // Check if value equls to frequency
        // and increment the count
        if (value == freq) {
    return ans;
// main program
int main()
    Node* head = NULL;
    push(&head, 3);
    push(&head, 4);
    push(&head, 3);
    push(&head, 2);
    push(&head, 2);
    push(&head, 3);
    cout << countValuesWithSameFreq(head);
    return 0;




Complexity Analysis:
Time Complexity: For a given linked list of size n, we are iterating over it once. So the time complexity of this solution is O(n)
Space Complexity: For a given linked list of size n, we are using an extra map which can have maximum of n key-values, so space complexity of this solution is O(n)

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