Sum of distances between the two nearest perfect squares to all the nodes of the given linked list

Given a linked list, the task is to find the sum of distances between the two nearest perfect squares for all the nodes of the given linked list.


Input: 3 -> 15 -> 7 -> NULL
Output: 15
For 3: closest left perfect square is 1 and closest right 4 i.e. 4-1 = 3
For 15: 16 – 9 = 7
For 7: 9 – 4 = 5
3 + 7 + 5 = 15

Input: 1 -> 5 -> 10 -> 78 -> 23 -> NULL
Output: 38

Approach: Initialise sum = 0 and for every node, if the current node’s value is a perfect square itself then the left and right closest perfect square will be the value itself and distance will be 0. Else, find the left and right closest perfect squares say leftPS and rightPS and update sum = sum + (rightPS – leftPS).

Below is the implementation of the above approach:





# Python3 implementation of the approach
import sys
import math
# Structure for a node
class Node:
    def __init__(self, data): = data = None
# Function to find the total distance sum
def distanceSum(head):
    # If head is null
    if not head:
    # To store the required sum
    tsum = 0
    temp = head
    # Traversing through all the nodes one by one
        sq_root = math.sqrt(
    # If current node is not a perfect square 
    # then find left perfect square and 
    # right perfect square
        if sq_root<
            left_ps = math.floor(sq_root)**2
            right_ps = math.ceil(sq_root)**2
            tsum+=(right_ps - left_ps)
        # Get to the next node
        temp =
    return tsum
# Driver code
if __name__=='__main__':
    head = Node(3) = Node(15) = Node(7) = Node(40) = Node(42)
    result = distanceSum(head)




Time Complexity: O(n)

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