First time here? Checkout the FAQ!
+2 votes
Write a constant time algorithm to insert a node with data $D$ just before the node with address $p$ of a singly linked list.
asked in DS by Veteran (273k points)   | 50 views
// node is a struct containing an int and next pointer
void insert(int D, node* p){
	node* temp = (node*)malloc(sizeof(node));
	temp->next = p->next; // make temp point to the node where p was pointing
	p->next = temp; // attach node temp next to node p 
	/*till this point it is simialr to inserting node after a node
	whose pointer p is given. Now change the data of both nodes p and temp to get desired result*/
	temp->data = p->data; // copy the data of current node to new node
	p->data = D;

1 Answer

+8 votes
Best answer
let A,B,C,D,E,F be the data ..
A---> B ----> C----> E ---->F
let pointer to E be p..
a node with data D has to be inserted before E..
i ll do one thing , add D just after node E .. it ll take constant time..
Pnext --->Address_of_D> Address_of_F

A---> B ----> C----> E -----> D---->F

take a temporary variable and swap the value E and D..
temp = temp
now linked list wil look like ..
A---> B ----> C----> D-----> E ---->F
still one more work left.. now pointer p pointing to D so increment pointer p to point data E..
p= p--->next
answered by Veteran (43.7k points)  
selected by
Your logic is awesome ! Try for part a too !
Top Users Jan 2017
  1. Debashish Deka

    8968 Points

  2. sudsho

    5326 Points

  3. Habibkhan

    4798 Points

  4. Bikram

    4532 Points

  5. Vijay Thakur

    4486 Points

  6. saurabh rai

    4222 Points

  7. Arjun

    4196 Points

  8. santhoshdevulapally

    3808 Points

  9. Sushant Gokhale

    3596 Points

  10. Kapil

    3486 Points

Monthly Topper: Rs. 500 gift card

19,212 questions
24,104 answers
20,319 users