# Questions tagged [hash]

Mathematical function that maps arbitrarily-sized data to fixed-size integers, often used as keys in hash tables or to help ensure data integrity

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### Bad data for hash function

Is it possible to choose such a nontrivial set of queries so that the amortized running time for a hash table with a public key and a function like $(a_{N − 1}k^{N − 1} +... + A_{1}k + a_0) (mod \: p)$...
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### Why is this implementation of the hash function bad?

I have a task of hashing DNA sequences. Let the DNA be long sequences of four amino acids, which we will denote by the letters $A, T, G$ and $C$. My hash function $h$ take DNA as an input and return ...
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### Store a n-bit string using only O(log n) space

Is it possible to somehow store a $n$ bit string using only $\mathcal{O}(\log{n})$ space? I am thinking if the string could be stored using a hash function, but I am not sure if it is even possible.
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### Is there a standard name for this property of hash functions?

A hash function $H$ operating on strings can have the following property: Let $x$ be a string and $c$ a character. Given $H(x \cdot c)$ and $c$, $H(x)$ can be determined uniquely (where $\cdot$ stands ...
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### Choosing the right function

I'm trying to hash integers n = 4k(0,4,8,12,16...) into an array of linked lists of size 4 (chaining). What is a good hasing function that guarantees a good ...
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### oone exmple in hash topics?

Example: Suppose $H:${$1,...,n$} $\rightarrow${$1,..,n$} be a uniform hash function. for input $x$, $z$ is equal to number of trailing zero in the right side of $H(x)$. for $0 \leq c \leq 1$ what is ...
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### Minimal perfect hash function for set of integers

This might be a trivial question, but I have the following problem: I want to (perfectly) hash a number of lists of integers of length $n$, with all entries between $k_{min}$ and $k_{max}$. How can I ...
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### Proving that the two definitions of Universal Class of Hash Function are equivalent (as dealt with in CLRS)

I was going throught the text Introduction to Algorithm by Cormen et. al. where I came across the two alternative definitions of Universal Class of Hash Function. The versions are as follows: ...
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### In Hashing-collison resolved by chaining: Intuition behind $O(1) + \alpha= \Theta(1+\alpha)=O(1)+1+\frac{\alpha}{2}-\frac{\alpha}{2n}$

Hashing-collison resolved by chaining: $O(1) + \alpha= \Theta(1+\alpha)=O(1)+1+\frac{\alpha}{2}-\frac{\alpha}{2n}$ I was going through the text Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et. al. and in the ...
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### Double Hashing with Strings as key

How would you choose the second hash function with for double hashing with string as key? My first hash function is the scalar product of a random int array with the 16 bit number of each char. Is ...
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### Variance of chain length in hashtable

I have a hashtable with length $m$. Initially it's empty. Next, $n/2$ unique random numbers $\in [0, n]$ are added to it. What would be variance of chain length when such $n/2$ numbers are being added ...
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### Is this example in Skiena's Algorithm Design Manual correct?

i think the above is incorrect; specifically, i think H isn't bijective. say our alphabet is the lowercase letters [a-z] and ...
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### Calculating efficiency?

A program must construct and then use a set $S$ of 1000 integers. ...
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### Size of order-preserving minimal perfect hash family

Suppose we have a universe of $u=|U|$ elements. We called a set of $H$ function $(U,m)$ order-preserving minimal perfect hash family (OPMPHF) if for every subset $M\subset U$ of size $m$ has at ...
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### What is the best hash functions for millions of String keys?

I have a situation where there are a million Keys of type String and I want to use the Symbol table to store the key and the value. The problem that the retrieval process is too slow and I want to ...
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### Theoretical question about Zobrist hashing and chances of collision with slight modification

I have a hash table that uses zobrist hashing to calculate the hash for various positions. The hash table is used to look up various transpositions. For some positions I do not want to allow any ...
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### Hashing algorithm which minimizes distribution

Consider applications A1, A2 .. AN having properties P11, P12,... PN1, PN2.. Also consider buckets ...
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### How to generate, validate, and invalidate a set/list of numbers in O(1) time and space?

Imagine my server is generating "tokens" of some sort for a client on a regular basis. When a client asks for a token, the server responds with a new value (and any other supplemental information it ...
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### Rolling hash hacking

The hash value of a string $s$ is given by $$h(s) = \sum^{|s|}_{i = 1} s_i \cdot p^{|s| - i} \mod m; \text{ m is prime, m < 10^{12}}.$$ The string $s$, $p$, $m$ is given, $|s| \le 14$, ...
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### Separate Chaining hashing: time complexity of successful search

In a simple uniform hashing with chaining collision, the time complexity of a successful search is: $Θ(1 + (1 + \frac{α}{2} - \frac{α}{2n}))$ where $α=\frac{n}{m}$, but I don't understand how to ...
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### Formal definition of hash function

I was reading through the classic CLRS with the intention of reviewing the hash tables theory, more specifically the hash function definition I just wanted a reference to quote. I cannot find a ...
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### How to generate unique keys for different two dimensional matrices having different sizes?

No. of rows in the table (as given in image) is not known beforehand . The problem I am dealing with generates different 2-D matrices based on the input data given. As soon as a matrix generates it ...
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### Protecting a specific sized message with some limitations

So I make a research on my own. I have a device it allows a 64bit message. I wanted to secure it but I 64bits arent just enough to hash it and encrypt it. Is there really any good Hash function out ...
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### Hashfunction for unique character distributions

The original problem is given a large input file, with n input lines of random string, find the number of pairs-> meaning same number and type of characters, in the file. Constraint on type of ...
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### generalizing ball-bin problem to k-universal family

I am trying to solve a question in the book on Probability and Computing by Michael Mitzenmacher, Eli Upfal. The question asks to generalize ball-bin problem for 2-universal hashing to $k$-universal ...
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### Primary clusting in linear probing coliision resolution: there can only be one cluster/block, right?

I believe primary clustering is a problem with the linear probing method of hash collision resolution. But the description makes it sound like there can be multiple clusters of contiguous blocks. I ...
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### Looking for memory-efficient way to detect hash collisions

Given a hash function H, it's possible that H(a) = H(b) = c Let's assume we have a big data set [N1 ... Nk], with K items and we hash each item in this set After operation is done, we'd get a set of ...
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### Computing hash of a compound key

Why is the initial value of hash 17 and not 0? ...
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### Hash function to return only positive number from integer

What would be a good hash function that will return a positive integer value, even if the key is an negative integer value? How do I pick a hash function? So what I would want is to associate negative ...
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### Are hash functions one-way?

I have heard that we can convert any text to hash code , but hash code can't be converted back to text without brute force. Suppose we consider the text "mal". The hash codes of the ...
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### How can I create 10-character, unique codes with no collisions, but without being predictable?

If we are using numbers and letters, there are $36^{10}$ unique combinations. Collision is already unlikely, but I need it to be impossible, so using hashing is out of the picture(?). The use-case is ...
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### How do you find a hash function that respects a custom equality function?

I've been tasked with hashing arbitrary types in C++, with the caveat that A == B implies hash(A) == hash(B) even if equality of ...
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### String to small integer mapping without collision

Is there any good approach to devise a mapping of limited number of strings $N_1 << 2^{15}$ to integers less than $2^{15}$ without conflicts? Strings are quite often of the form of prefix + ...
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### vector hashing function having collisions for permutations

let's consider vectors in space dim=3 and values {0,1,2,...,99} on each dimension I would like to create hash function but with special trait: collisions only for ...
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### How can I choose good hash function for PCY algorithm

As far as I understand from PCY (Park, Chen, and Yu) algo is that the algo uses hashing during the first pass to reduce the number of CANDIDATE pairs that are considered in the second pass. I have 2 ...
In a lecture video the instructor introduced the quadratic probing method for hash tables. The formula he gave was the following: $h(k,i) = (h'(k) + c_1 + c_2i^2)$ $\% M$ where $h'$ was h "prime". ...