First non-repeating in a linked list

Given a linked list, find its first non-repeating integer element.


Input : 10->20->30->10->20->40->30->NULL
Output :First Non-repeating element is 40.

Input :1->1->2->2->3->4->3->4->5->NULL
Output :First Non-repeating element is 5.

Input :1->1->2->2->3->4->3->4->NULL
Output :No NOn-repeating element is found.

1) Create a hash table and marked all element as zero.
2) Traverse the linked list and count the frequency of all the element in hashtable.
3) Traverse the linked list again and see the element who’s frequency is 1 in hashtable.





// C++ program to find first non-repeating 
// element in a linked list
using namespace std;
/* Link list node */
struct Node
    int data;
    struct Node* next;
/* Function to find the first non-repeating
 element in  the linked list */
int firstNonRepeating(struct Node *head)
    // Create an empty map and insert all linked
    // list elements into hash table
    unordered_map<int, int> mp;
    for (Node *temp=head; temp!=NULL; temp=temp->next)
    // Traverse the linked list again and return
    // the first node whose count is 1
    for (Node *temp=head; temp!=NULL; temp=temp->next)
       if (mp[temp->data] == 1)
           return temp->data;
    return -1;
/* Function to push a node */
void push(struct Node** head_ref, int new_data)
    struct Node* new_node =
            (struct Node*) malloc(sizeof(struct Node));
    new_node->data  = new_data;
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);    
    (*head_ref)    = new_node;
/* Driver program to test above function*/
int main()
     // Let us create below linked list.
     // 85->15->18->20->85->35->4->20->NULL 
     struct Node* head = NULL;
     push(&head, 20);
     push(&head, 4);
     push(&head, 35); 
     push(&head, 85);  
     push(&head, 20);
     push(&head, 18);
     push(&head, 15); 
     push(&head, 85);     
     cout << firstNonRepeating(head);                          
     return 0;




Further Optimizations:
The above solution requires two traversals of linked list. In case we have many repeating elements, we can save one traversal by storing positions also in hash table. Please refer last method of Given a string, find its first non-repeating character for details.

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