Single Number in Python

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Suppose we have an array A. In this array there are many numbers that occur twice. Only one element can be found a single time. We have to find that element from that array. Suppose A = [1, 1, 5, 3, 2, 5, 2], then the output will be 3. As there is each number twice, we can perform XOR to cancel out that element. because we know y XOR y = 0

To solve this, we will follow these steps.

  • Take one variable res = 0
  • for each element e in array A, preform res = res XOR e
  • return res


Let us see the following implementation to get a better understanding −

 Live Demo

class Solution(object):
   def singleNumber(self, nums):
      :type nums: List[int]
      :rtype: int
      ans = nums[0]
      for i in range(1,len(nums)):
         ans ^=nums[i]
      return ans
ob1 = Solution()


nums = [1,1,5,3,2,5,2]


Updated on 28-Apr-2020 09:36:56