# Reverse Given Linked List in Groups of K Problem

Given a linked list, reverse every group of k nodes. If there is a reminder (a group of less than k nodes) in the end, reverse that last group too.

##### Example One

Input: list: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6 -> NULL

k: 3.

Output: 3 -> 2 -> 1 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> NULL

Input list consists of two whole groups of three. In the output list the first three and last three nodes are reversed.

##### Example Two

Input: list: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6 -> 7 -> 8 -> NULL

k: 3.

Output: 3 -> 2 -> 1 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 8 -> 7 -> NULL

There are two whole groups of three and one partial group (a remainder that consists of just two nodes). Each of the three groups is reversed in the output.

##### Notes

The function has two parameters: head of the given linked list and k.

Return the head of the linked list after reversing the groups of nodes in it.

##### Constraints:

● 1

● -2 * 10^9

● 1

● Cannot use more than constant extra space.

#### Solution

The “constant extra space” constraint rules out using recursion because recursion uses the call stack space (up to O(n) if k=n).

We are forced to use an iterative approach.

iterative_solution.cpp demonstrates how it can be done. The code has comments and is easy to follow.

O(n).

O(1).

##### Space Complexity:

O(n) because of input and output size.

``````
// -------- START --------

// Helper function: Reverse singly linked list in O(length) time and O(1) extra space.
{
while (cur)
{
next = cur->next;
cur->next = prev;
prev = cur;
cur = next;
}
}

{
/*
Input:
list: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6 -> 7 -> 8 -> NULL
k: 3
Output:
3 -> 2 -> 1 -> 6 -> 5 -> 4 -> 8 -> 7-> NULL
Groups to be reversed are (1 -> 2 -> 3), (4 -> 5 -> 6) and (7 -> 8).
We will call reverse_linked_list function when (start = 1 and stop = 3),
(start = 4 and stop = 6) and (start = 7 and stop = 8).
*/
// Points to previous start node.
int count = 0;
while (stop)
{
count++;
/*
If we have covered k nodes in between start
and stop (inclusive) or we are at the last node.
*/
if (count == k || stop->next == NULL)
{
// Points to next node of start.
/*
We want to reverse start to stop nodes,
set stop->next = NULL so we know where to stop.
*/
stop->next = NULL;
// Reverse start to stop nodes.
if (prev_of_start == NULL)
{
// Head will change when we are reversing the linked list first time.
}
else
{
/*
We have reversed start to stop nodes, hence now stop will be next node of
prev_of_start.
*/
prev_of_start->next = stop;
}
/*
We have reversed start to stop nodes, hence next_of_stop will be next node of start.
*/
start->next = next_of_stop;
/*
In the above example, after we have reversed first k nodes list will be:
3 -> 2 -> 1 -> 4 -> 5 -> 6 -> 7 -> 8 -> NULL,
start will point to 1, next_of_stop will point to 4.

Now we will set start and stop to point at 4.
And prev_of_start should be previous of 4 that is 1.
*/
prev_of_start = start;
start = next_of_stop;
stop = next_of_stop;
// Reset counter.
count = 0;
}
else
{
stop = stop->next;
}
}