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What is the worst case search time of a hashing using separate chaining algorithm?

(a) O(N log N)

(b) O(N)

(c) O(N^2)

(d) O(N^3)

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Right answer is (b) O(N)

For explanation: The worst case search time of separate chaining algorithm using linked lists is mathematically found to be O(N).

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