[daily algorithm / brush through leetcode] 2 Add two numbers (medium)


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Title Description

Give you two non empty linked lists to represent two non negative integers. They store each number in reverse order, and each node can store only one number.

Please add the two numbers and return a linked list representing sum in the same form.

You can assume that neither number starts with 0 except the number 0.

[daily algorithm / brush through leetcode] 2 Add two numbers (medium)

Example 1:

Input: L1 = [2,4,3], L2 = [5,6,4] output: [7,0,8]

Explanation: 342 + 465 = 807

Example 2:

Input: L1 = [0], L2 = [0] output: [0]

Example 3:

Input: L1 = [9,9,9,9,9,9,9], L2 = [9,9,9,9] output: [8,9,9,9,0,0,1]


  • The number of nodes in each linked list is within the range [1, 100]
  • 0 <= Node.val <= 9
  • The number represented in the title data guarantee list does not contain leading zeros

Simple solution (sentry skill)

This is a simulation problem, which simulates the process of manual vertical addition:

Add bit by bit from the lowest bit to the highest bit. If the sum is greater than or equal to 10, keep a digit number and advance 1 to the previous bit at the same time. If there is a carry in the highest bit, fill 1 in the front.

There is a common skill to do the problem of linked list: add a virtual head node (sentry) to help simplify the judgment of boundary conditions.

class Solution {
    public ListNode addTwoNumbers(ListNode l1, ListNode l2) {
        ListNode dummy = new ListNode(0);
        ListNode tmp = dummy;
        int t = 0;
        while (l1 != null || l2 != null) {
            int a = l1 != null ? l1.val : 0;
            int b = l2 != null ? l2.val : 0;
            t = a + b + t;
            tmp.next = new ListNode(t % 10);
            t /= 10;
            tmp = tmp.next;
            if (l1 != null) l1 = l1.next;
            if (l2 != null) l2 = l2.next;
        if (t > 0) tmp.next = new ListNode(t);
        return dummy.next;

Time complexity: m and N represent the length of two linked lists respectively, then the farthest position traversed is $max (m, n) $, and the complexity is $o (max (m, n))$

Space complexity: Max (m, n) + 1 node (including sentry) is created, and the complexity is $o (max (m, n)) $(ignoring constant)

Note: in fact, it is also possible to create $max (M + n) $+ 2 nodes, including the carry of the sentry and the last bit. But the complexity is still $o (max (m, n)) $.


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