Given a doubly linked list containing n nodes, where each node is at most k away from its target position in the list. The problem is to sort the given doubly linked list.
For example, let us consider k is 2, a node at position 7 in the sorted doubly linked list, can be at positions 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 in the given doubly linked list.
Naive Approach: Sort the given doubly linked list using insertion sort technique.
Time Complexity: O(nk)
Auxiliary Space: O(1)
Efficient Approach: We can sort the list using the MIN HEAP data structure. The approach has been explained in Sort a nearly sorted (or K sorted) array. We only have to be careful while traversing the input doubly linked list and adjusting the required next and previous links in the final sorted list.
Original Doubly linked list: 3 6 2 12 56 8 Doubly linked list after sorting: 2 3 6 8 12 56
Time Complexity: O(nLogk)
Auxiliary Space: O(k)
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