Leetcode 23: Merge k sorted lists

Here are my whiteboard notes for solving this problem:

And here is my c++ source code for the solution:


Initially I started off with what I thought was a simple inefficient way of finding the next smallest node but the implementation was actually a little complicated. The multimap version is more time efficient and possibly has less complicated edge cases. I think an even more efficient way to keep track of the smallest node would be to use a priority queue.

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