Find Intersection Point in Two Linked List

Objective: Given Two linked lists, check whether both lists intersect each other, if yes then find the starting node of the intersection.

An intersection point means the end of one linked list is linked with some node in another linked list and it forms a Y shape.

Input: Two Linked List

Output: Intersection Node or point

Example:

Find Intersection Point in Two Linked List
Find Intersection Point in Two Linked List

Approach:

  • Find the length of both the linked lists say : a_len and b_len
  • Find the lenDiff = (a_len ~ b_len)
  • Traverse the longer linked list by lenDiff
  • Now traverse both the lists at the same time
  • Check whether nodes are same, if yes then we have found the intersection point
  • If we reach the end of the link lists then there is no intersection point.

Trick Solution:

Code:

List A :
->1->10->20->30->40->50->60
List B :
->5->15->30->40->50->60
Intersection found at 30