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XOR Linked List – Find the middle node
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 17 Dec, 2020
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Given an XOR linked list, the task is to find the middle node of the given XOR linked list.

Examples:

Input: 4 –> 7 –> 5
Output: 7
Explanation:
The middle node of the given XOR list is 7.

Input: 4 –> 7 –> 5 –> 1
Output: 7 5
Explanation:
The two middle nodes of the XOR linked list with even number of nodes are 7 and 5.

Approach: Follow the steps below to solve the problem:



  • Traverse to (Length / 2)th node of the Linked List.
  • If the number of nodes is found to be odd, then print (Length + 1) / 2 th node as the only middle node.
  • If the number of nodes is found to be even, then print both Length / 2 th node and (Length / 2) + 1 th node as the middle nodes.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

C




// C program to implement
// the above approach
  
#include <inttypes.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
  
// Structure of a node
// in XOR linked list
struct Node {
  
    // Stores data value
    // of a node
    int data;
  
    // Stores XOR of previous
    // pointer and next pointer
    struct Node* nxp;
};
  
// Function to find the XOR of two nodes
struct Node* XOR(struct Node* a,
                 struct Node* b)
{
    return (struct Node*)((uintptr_t)(a)
                          ^ (uintptr_t)(b));
}
  
// Function to insert a node with
// given value at given position
struct Node* insert(struct Node** head,
                    int value)
{
  
    // If XOR linked list is empty
    if (*head == NULL) {
  
        // Initialize a new Node
        struct Node* node
            = (struct Node*)malloc(
                sizeof(struct Node));
  
        // Stores data value in
        // the node
        node->data = value;
  
        // Stores XOR of previous
        // and next pointer
        node->nxp = XOR(NULL, NULL);
  
        // Update pointer of head node
        *head = node;
    }
  
    // If the XOR linked list
    // is not empty
    else {
  
        // Stores the address
        // of current node
        struct Node* curr = *head;
  
        // Stores the address
        // of previous node
        struct Node* prev = NULL;
  
        // Initialize a new Node
        struct Node* node
            = (struct Node*)malloc(
                sizeof(struct Node));
  
        // Update curr node address
        curr->nxp = XOR(
            node, XOR(NULL, curr->nxp));
  
        // Update new node address
        node->nxp = XOR(NULL, curr);
  
        // Update head
        *head = node;
  
        // Update data value of
        // current node
        node->data = value;
    }
    return *head;
}
  
// Function to print the middle node
int printMiddle(struct Node** head, int len)
{
    int count = 0;
  
    // Stores XOR pointer
    // in current node
    struct Node* curr = *head;
  
    // Stores XOR pointer of
    // in previous Node
    struct Node* prev = NULL;
  
    // Stores XOR pointer of
    // in next node
    struct Node* next;
  
    int middle = (int)len / 2;
  
    // Traverse XOR linked list
    while (count != middle) {
  
        // Forward traversal
        next = XOR(prev, curr->nxp);
  
        // Update prev
        prev = curr;
  
        // Update curr
        curr = next;
  
        count++;
    }
  
    // If the length of the
    // linked list is odd
    if (len & 1) {
        printf("%d", curr->data);
    }
  
    // If the length of the
    // linked list is even
    else {
        printf("%d %d", prev->data,
               curr->data);
    }
}
  
// Driver Code
int main()
{
    /* Create following XOR Linked List
    head --> 4 –> 7 –> 5 */
    struct Node* head = NULL;
    insert(&head, 4);
    insert(&head, 7);
    insert(&head, 5);
  
    printMiddle(&head, 3);
  
    return (0);
  
}
Output:
7

Time Complexity: O(N)
Auiliary Space: O(1)

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