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Remove Nth Node From End of List

Given a linked list, remove the n-th node from the end of list and return its head.

Example:

Given linked list: 1->2->3->4->5, and n = 2.

After removing the second node from the end, the linked list becomes 1->2->3->5.

Note:

Given n will always be valid.

Solution One

class Solution {
    public ListNode removeNthFromEnd(ListNode head, int n) {
        ListNode p = head;
        ListNode temp = head;
        int len = 1;

        if (p == null)
            return null;

        while (p.next != null) {
            len++;
            p = p.next;
        }

        int loc = len - n;
        
        if (loc == 0) {
            return head.next;
        }

        for (int i = 1; i < loc; i++) {
            temp = temp.next;
        }

        temp.next = temp.next.next;

        return head;
    }
}

Pass one time and get the length of LinkedList, so just count length - n - 1 times we can find the pre pointer. All we need to do is point pre pointer.next equal the next of which pointer we should delete.

Solution Two

class Solution {
    public ListNode removeNthFromEnd(ListNode head, int n) {
        List<ListNode> stack = new LinkedList<>();
        ListNode temp = head;

        while (temp != null) {
            stack.add(temp);
            temp = temp.next;
        }

        ListNode[] list = stack.toArray(new ListNode[stack.size()]);

        if ((list.length - n - 1) < 0) return head.next;

        list[list.length - n - 1].next = list[list.length - n].next;

        return head;
    }
}

Just let the List structure give a help, we can transfer a LinkedList to an Array. So all we need to do is let list[list.length - n - 1].next equals list[list.length - n].next.

Base case: if delete the head node we just need to return head.next.

Reference
https://leetcode-cn.com/problems/remove-nth-node-from-end-of-list