Re: Merging Linked Lists

Patricia Shanahan <>
Wed, 20 Dec 2006 13:35:01 GMT
Damo wrote:

Thanks for the words of advice. I think i'll put some more thought into
which one I use as I need some of the advantages of several of them.
With Linked lists it takes O(1) to insert into a list at an arbirtrary
position, right?

If you do anything with a specified index, LinkedList scans from the
nearer end of the list to find the place. Finding the next element from
an iterator should be faster.

My plan was to iterate through the lists , if the first list contains
the current item in the second list,skip it or else insert it into the
corrsponding position in the first list.
this should I think return one List with no duplicates

That sounds like an O(n*n) method for merging two lists, each containing
n elements, even if you use iterators.

Sort-and-merge is O(n log n). You only have to look at the head elements
of each list, move the smaller to the result, dropping any duplicates
from either list.

Dumping all the data into a HashSet is O(n). It is also VERY simple to
code, using addAll.


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