# Find the Second Largest Element in a Linked List

Given a Linked list of integer data. The task is to write a program that efficiently finds the second largest element present in the Linked List.

**Examples**:

Input : List = 12 -> 35 -> 1 -> 10 -> 34 -> 1 Output : The second largest element is 34. Input : List = 10 -> 5 -> 10 Output : The second largest element is 5.

A **Simple Solution** will be to first sort the linked list in descending order and then print the second element from the sorted linked list. The time complexity of this solution is O(nlogn).

A **Better Solution** is to traverse the Linked list twice. In the first traversal find the maximum element. In the second traversal find the greatest element less than the element obtained in first traversal. The time complexity of this solution is O(n).

A more **Efficient Solution** can be to find the second largest element in a single traversal.

Below is the complete algorithm for doing this:

1) Initialize two variables first and second to INT_MIN as, first = second = INT_MIN 2) Start traversing the Linked List, a) If the current element in Linked List say list[i] is greater than first. Then update first and second as, second = first first = list[i] b) If the current element is in between first and second, then update second to store the value of current variable as second = list[i] 3) Return the value stored in second node.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

`// C++ program to print second largest ` `// value in a linked list ` `#include <climits> ` `#include <iostream> ` ` ` `using` `namespace` `std; ` ` ` `// A linked list node ` `struct` `Node { ` ` ` `int` `data; ` ` ` `struct` `Node* next; ` `}; ` ` ` `// Function to add a node at the ` `// begining of Linked List ` `void` `push(` `struct` `Node** head_ref, ` `int` `new_data) ` `{ ` ` ` `/* allocate node */` ` ` `struct` `Node* new_node = (` `struct` `Node*)` `malloc` `(` `sizeof` `(` `struct` `Node)); ` ` ` ` ` `/* put in the data */` ` ` `new_node->data = new_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; ` `} ` ` ` `// Function to count size of list ` `int` `listSize(` `struct` `Node* node) ` `{ ` ` ` `int` `count = 0; ` ` ` ` ` `while` `(node != NULL) { ` ` ` `count++; ` ` ` ` ` `node = node->next; ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `return` `count; ` `} ` ` ` `// Function to print the second ` `// largest element ` `void` `print2largest(` `struct` `Node* head) ` `{ ` ` ` `int` `i, first, second; ` ` ` ` ` `int` `list_size = listSize(head); ` ` ` ` ` `/* There should be atleast two elements */` ` ` `if` `(list_size < 2) { ` ` ` `cout << ` `"Invalid Input"` `; ` ` ` `return` `; ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `first = second = INT_MIN; ` ` ` ` ` `struct` `Node* temp = head; ` ` ` ` ` `while` `(temp != NULL) { ` ` ` `if` `(temp->data > first) { ` ` ` `second = first; ` ` ` `first = temp->data; ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `// If current node's data is in between ` ` ` `// first and second then update second ` ` ` `else` `if` `(temp->data > second && temp->data != first) ` ` ` `second = temp->data; ` ` ` ` ` `temp = temp->next; ` ` ` `} ` ` ` ` ` `if` `(second == INT_MIN) ` ` ` `cout << ` `"There is no second largest element\n"` `; ` ` ` `else` ` ` `cout << ` `"The second largest element is "` `<< second; ` `} ` ` ` `// Driver program to test above function ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` ` ` `struct` `Node* start = NULL; ` ` ` ` ` `/* The constructed linked list is: ` ` ` `12 -> 35 -> 1 -> 10 -> 34 -> 1 */` ` ` `push(&start, 1); ` ` ` `push(&start, 34); ` ` ` `push(&start, 10); ` ` ` `push(&start, 1); ` ` ` `push(&start, 35); ` ` ` `push(&start, 12); ` ` ` ` ` `print2largest(start); ` ` ` ` ` `return` `0; ` `} ` |

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**Output:**

The second largest element is 34

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