# Interview Practice 07 - Determine if Two Linked Lists Intersect

### Question

Given 2 linked list head pointers, determine whether they intersect at some point.

### Solution

First of all, linked list can have loop or not, and this gives 3 possible situations.

1. For the 2 loops head pointer 1 and head pointer 2, move pointer 1 at normal speed, and pointer 2 at double speed. If they intersect, node will be the same at some point. Otherwise infinity loop occurs. (need to be fixed)

2. For 2 straight linked list, they would have the same tails if they intersect.

3. For a loop and a straight list, use the first algorithm and let the loop to move at double speed. If they don’t intersect, tail of the straight list will end the checking.

So one of the key idea is to check if a linked list is loop. Since loop may start not at the head, we can not use head pointer as the checking reference. We could instead use the algorithm 1 against itself, if it has loop the 2 moving pointer will meet at some point.