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# Find intersection point of two Linked Lists without finding the length

• Difficulty Level : Hard
• Last Updated : 13 Sep, 2021

There are two singly linked lists in a system. By some programming error, the end node of one of the linked lists got linked to the second list, forming an inverted Y shaped list. Write a program to get the point where both the linked lists merge.

Examples:

```Input: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6
^
|
7 -> 8 -> 9
Output: 4

Input:         13 -> 14 -> 5 -> 6
^
|
10 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4
Output: 14```

Approach: Take two pointers for the heads of both the linked lists. If one of them reaches the end earlier then use it by moving it to the beginning of the other list. Once both of them go through reassigning they will be equidistance from the collision point.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 `// C++ implementation of the approach` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `/* Link list node */` `class` `Node {` `public``:` `    ``int` `data;` `    ``Node* next;` `};`   `// Function to return the intersection point` `// of the two linked lists head1 and head2` `int` `getIntesectionNode(Node* head1, Node* head2)` `{` `    ``Node* current1 = head1;` `    ``Node* current2 = head2;`   `    ``// If one of the head is NULL` `    ``if` `(!current1 or !current2)` `        ``return` `-1;`   `    ``// Continue until we find intersection node` `    ``while` `(current1 and current2` `           ``and current1 != current2) {` `        ``current1 = current1->next;` `        ``current2 = current2->next;`   `        ``// If we get intersection node` `        ``if` `(current1 == current2)` `            ``return` `current1->data;`   `        ``// If one of them reaches end` `        ``if` `(!current1)` `            ``current1 = head2;` `        ``if` `(!current2)` `            ``current2 = head1;` `    ``}`   `    ``return` `current1->data;` `}`   `// Driver code` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``/* ` `        ``Create two linked lists ` `    `  `        ``1st 3->6->9->15->30 ` `        ``2nd 10->15->30 ` `    `  `        ``15 is the intersection point ` `    ``*/`   `    ``Node* newNode;`   `    ``// Addition of new nodes` `    ``Node* head1 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head1->data = 10;`   `    ``Node* head2 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head2->data = 3;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode->data = 6;` `    ``head2->next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode->data = 9;` `    ``head2->next->next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode->data = 15;` `    ``head1->next = newNode;` `    ``head2->next->next->next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode->data = 30;` `    ``head1->next->next = newNode;`   `    ``head1->next->next->next = NULL;`   `    ``cout << getIntesectionNode(head1, head2);`   `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// Java implementation of the approach` `class` `GFG` `{`   `/* Link list node */` `static` `class` `Node` `{`   `    ``int` `data;` `    ``Node next;` `};`   `// Function to return the intersection point` `// of the two linked lists head1 and head2` `static` `int` `getIntesectionNode(Node head1, Node head2)` `{` `    ``Node current1 = head1;` `    ``Node current2 = head2;`   `    ``// If one of the head is null` `    ``if` `(current1 == ``null` `|| current2 == ``null` `)` `        ``return` `-``1``;`   `    ``// Continue until we find intersection node` `    ``while` `(current1 != ``null` `&& current2 != ``null` `        ``&& current1 != current2)` `    ``{` `        ``current1 = current1.next;` `        ``current2 = current2.next;`   `        ``// If we get intersection node` `        ``if` `(current1 == current2)` `            ``return` `current1.data;`   `        ``// If one of them reaches end` `        ``if` `(current1 == ``null` `)` `            ``current1 = head2;` `        ``if` `(current2 == ``null` `)` `            ``current2 = head1;` `    ``}`   `    ``return` `current1.data;` `}`   `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` `{` `    ``/* ` `        ``Create two linked lists ` `    `  `        ``1st 3.6.9.15.30 ` `        ``2nd 10.15.30 ` `    `  `        ``15 is the intersection point ` `    ``*/`   `    ``Node newNode;`   `    ``// Addition of new nodes` `    ``Node head1 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head1.data = ``10``;`   `    ``Node head2 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head2.data = ``3``;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = ``6``;` `    ``head2.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = ``9``;` `    ``head2.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = ``15``;` `    ``head1.next = newNode;` `    ``head2.next.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = ``30``;` `    ``head1.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``head1.next.next.next = ``null``;`   `    ``System.out.print(getIntesectionNode(head1, head2));` `}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar`

## Python3

 `# Python3 implementation of the approach`   `''' Link list node '''` `class` `new_Node: ` `        `  `    ``# Constructor to initialize the node object ` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``, data): ` `        ``self``.data ``=` `data ` `        ``self``.``next` `=` `None`   `# Function to return the intersection point` `# of the two linked lists head1 and head2` `def` `getIntesectionNode(head1, head2):` `    `  `    ``current1 ``=` `head1` `    ``current2 ``=` `head2` `    `  `    ``# If one of the head is None` `    ``if` `(``not` `current1 ``or` `not` `current2 ):` `        ``return` `-``1` `        `  `    ``# Continue until we find intersection node` `    ``while` `(current1 ``and` `current2 ``and` `current1 !``=` `current2):` `        ``current1 ``=` `current1.``next` `        ``current2 ``=` `current2.``next` `        `  `        ``# If we get intersection node` `        ``if` `(current1 ``=``=` `current2):` `            ``return` `current1.data` `            `  `        ``# If one of them reaches end` `        ``if` `(``not` `current1):` `            ``current1 ``=` `head2` `        `  `        ``if` `(``not` `current2):` `            ``current2 ``=` `head1` `            `  `    ``return` `current1.data`   `# Driver code` `''' ` `    ``Create two linked lists `   `    ``1st 3.6.9.15.30 ` `    ``2nd 10.15.30 `   `    ``15 is the intersection po` `'''`   `# Addition of newNodes` `head1 ``=` `new_Node(``10``)`   `head2 ``=` `new_Node(``3``)`   `newNode ``=` `new_Node(``6``)` `head2.``next` `=` `newNode`   `newNode ``=` `new_Node(``9``)` `head2.``next``.``next` `=` `newNode`   `newNode ``=` `new_Node(``15``)` `head1.``next` `=` `newNode` `head2.``next``.``next``.``next` `=` `newNode`   `newNode ``=` `new_Node(``30``)` `head1.``next``.``next` `=` `newNode`   `head1.``next``.``next``.``next` `=` `None`   `print``(getIntesectionNode(head1, head2))`   `# This code is contributed by shubhamsingh10`

## C#

 `// C# implementation of the approach` `using` `System;`   `class` `GFG` `{`   `/* Link list node */` `class` `Node` `{`   `    ``public` `int` `data;` `    ``public` `Node next;` `};`   `// Function to return the intersection point` `// of the two linked lists head1 and head2` `static` `int` `getIntesectionNode(Node head1, Node head2)` `{` `    ``Node current1 = head1;` `    ``Node current2 = head2;`   `    ``// If one of the head is null` `    ``if` `(current1 == ``null` `|| current2 == ``null` `)` `        ``return` `-1;`   `    ``// Continue until we find intersection node` `    ``while` `(current1 != ``null` `&& current2 != ``null` `        ``&& current1 != current2)` `    ``{` `        ``current1 = current1.next;` `        ``current2 = current2.next;`   `        ``// If we get intersection node` `        ``if` `(current1 == current2)` `            ``return` `current1.data;`   `        ``// If one of them reaches end` `        ``if` `(current1 == ``null` `)` `            ``current1 = head2;` `        ``if` `(current2 == ``null` `)` `            ``current2 = head1;` `    ``}`   `    ``return` `current1.data;` `}`   `// Driver code` `public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)` `{` `    ``/* ` `        ``Create two linked lists ` `    `  `        ``1st 3.6.9.15.30 ` `        ``2nd 10.15.30 ` `    `  `        ``15 is the intersection point ` `    ``*/`   `    ``Node newNode;`   `    ``// Addition of new nodes` `    ``Node head1 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head1.data = 10;`   `    ``Node head2 = ``new` `Node();` `    ``head2.data = 3;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = 6;` `    ``head2.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = 9;` `    ``head2.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = 15;` `    ``head1.next = newNode;` `    ``head2.next.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``newNode = ``new` `Node();` `    ``newNode.data = 30;` `    ``head1.next.next = newNode;`   `    ``head1.next.next.next = ``null``;`   `    ``Console.Write(getIntesectionNode(head1, head2));` `}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by PrinciRaj1992`

## Javascript

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Output:

`15`

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