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Single Number - InterviewBit Solution

Problem: Single Number

Problem Description

Given an array of integers A, every element appears twice except for one. Find that single one. NOTE: Your algorithm should have a linear runtime complexity. Could you implement it without using extra memory?

Problem Constraints

  • 2 <= |A| <= 2000000

  • 0 <= A[i] <= INTMAX

Input Format

The first and only argument of input contains an integer array A.

Output Format

Return a single integer denoting the single element.

Example Input

Input 1: A = [1, 2, 2, 3, 1] Input 2: A = [1, 2, 2]

Example Output

Output 1: 3 Output 2: 1

Example Explanation

Explanation 1:
3 occurs once. 

Explanation 2:
1 occurs once.

Solution Approach:

  • If we Xor a number with itself it returns 0. That means a^a = 0

  • If we Xor any number with zero we get that number itself. That means a^0 = a.

Considering the above two points we can get the unique number if we xor all the elements of the given array.


Code in C++:

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