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A finite map data structure that addresses stored values using a function that maps many values to few addresses.

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Perfect Hash Function: How does it cope with lookups outside the set of keys?

I'm currently looking at perfect hash functions. One thing I miss from the texts I've read so far is, how they cope when attempting to look up with a key that is outside of the set from which the ...
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Internal vs External Hashing in dbms context

I've studied the external hashing in the context of a dbms and it seems clear to me. What i've understood is that, in the external hashing the hash table is called a directory and it composed of pages ...
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Data structure for identifying elements while keeping track of relation

I'm looking for a data structure representing a finite set $I$ and a $d$-relation $R \subseteq I^d$ such that the following operations can be implemented efficiently: Add a new element $i$ to $I$. ...
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When to apply a probe sequence when inserting an element to a hash table

So, if we start out with an empty table with M elements. Do we always need to have a specified hash function say $h(x) = x \% 8$ as well as a specific probing sequence to use when inserting a ...
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What does “prime” mean in this context?

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". ...
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Linear probing and tabulation hashing

I'm currently reading the paper "The Power of Simple Tabulation Hashing" by Mihai Patrascu and Mikkel Thorup [1] because I want to adapt the proof of the constant time complexity of linear probing for ...
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Cuckoo hashing with a stash: how tight are the bounds on the failure probability?

I was reading this very good summary of Cuckoo hashing. It includes a result (page 5) that: A stash of constant sizes reduces the probability of any failure to fall from $\Theta(1/n)$ to $\Theta(...
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Simple Uniform Hashing Assumption and worst-case complexity for hash tables

My question: Is the Simple Uniform Hashing Assumption (SUHA) sufficient to show that the worst-case time complexity of hash table lookups is O(1)? It says in the Wikipedia article that this ...
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Construction of hash function with a given distribution

Two questions about the construction of a hash function: Let $U = \{u_1,...,u_n\}$ be a set of size $n$, and suppose that one is interested in a function $h\colon U \rightarrow [0,1]$ such that $h$ "...
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Time complexity of website access analysis using Hash Tables

I would like to calculate the time complexity of an algorithm which returns the number of accesses of a website and the number of different users who entered. Each user is represented by a unique ...
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Bin packing first-fit problem in $O(n \log n)$ time

Suppose we have $n$ objects with weights $w_i \in (0,1]$ and we must insert them into bins with the constraint that every bin must contain objects which weight less than $1 \, kg$. The first-...
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How to count in linear time worst-case?

This question and this question got me thinking a little bit. For sorting an array of length $n$ with $k$ unique elements in $O(n + k \log k)$, we need to be able to store counts of values in the ...
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Implementing a symbol table with a hash table and a stack

I was in class today, in a Language Translations course, thinking about the best way to write a symbol table for a compiler. My professor showed us a hash-table with linked-lists connecting different ...
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Hash function orders ships from closest to furthest from the origin

Suppose we have a circular radar that scans for ships in an area enclosed by $x^2+y^2 \leq z^2$ (a circle). We wish to design a hash function $h$ such that, we can order the $n$ ships from closest to ...
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Index matching algorithm without hash-based data structures?

I am programming in C, so I do not want to implement a hash-based datastructure such as a hashset or hashmap/dictionary. However, I need to solve the following task in linear time. Given two arrays $...
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Search operation in hash table

Suppose that we have a hash table of some size $s$ and we have a set of keys $K$. We decide to hash the keys using chaining. Now assume that we randomly select $k \in \mathbb{N}$ keys from $K$ and ...
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Small space hash functions that are weakly but not strongly universal

This is a follow up to this this question about weakly universal hash functions A family of hash functions $H_w$ is said to be weakly universal if for all $x \ne y$ : $$P_{h \in H_w}(h(x) = h(y)) \...
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What is an example of a weakly universal hash function that is not pairwise independent?

A family of hash functions $H_w$ is said to be weakly universal if for all $x \ne y$ : $$P_{h \in H_w}(h(x) = h(y)) \leq 1/m$$ Here the function $h:U \rightarrow [m]$ is chosen uniformly from the ...
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Hash table open addressing without dummy

If a hash table is using open addressing as the collision resolution strategy, then during deletion, we mark that slot as dummy. I understand the reason behind ...
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Can hash tables handle variable sized entries?

Let's say I have a hash table of 10 buckets where each bucket is of a number of bits. However each bucket doesn't have to have the same number of bits. Is it possible to achieve this? Or does it ...
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Dynamic perfect hashing, FKS Scheme

The FKS scheme uses a 2-level hash function. The first hash function is to partition the elements of the universe $\mathcal{U}$ into the dictionary $\mathcal{S}$. Obviously many elements of $\mathcal{...
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My professor claims that inserting the same key into a hash table again will lead to a collision … – Is he really right?

My whole life I thought a collision is a situation that occurs when two distinct pieces of data have the same hash value. Everything looks a little bit different now: A few days ago we had to ...
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How does hashed inverted page table work?

I understand hash function and inverted page table, but then the book I read describes something called hashed inverted page table (use hash to accelerate the finding because IPT is large), with TLB ...
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Is it possible for a hash table's load factor to exceed 100%?

Using probing, is it possible for for a hash table's load factor to exceed 100%? I don't too much about Hash Tables. Is this possible?
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Determining an appropriate number of buckets for a hash function

I would like to select an appropriate number of buckets in my hash table for this scenario: A hash table with collision resolved is required to hold about 10000 records. Each record is to be indexed ...
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Calculate the average length of the linked lists in a hash table

I am learning hash tables, and I would like to know how to determine the average length of the linked lists. For example: A hash table holds about 10,000 employee records. Each record is indexed by ...
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Direct addressing on a huge array

A Question from CLRS book: (CLRS 11.1-4) We wish to implement a dictionary by using direct addressing on a huge array. At the start, the array entries may contain garbage, and initializing the ...
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Most efficient way to check if key exist on a table

Imagine a person called Albert. Albert lives in Europe and would love to move to America. One day he got his wish come true. A person called Margareta gave him a key. The value of the key is the same ...
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How hash-table and hash-map are different?

In the context of CS, how the hash-table and hash-map are different? I was watching a part of "Algorithm with Swift" video in Udacity, and I discovered the terms "hash-table" and "hash-map" are ...
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Is it possible to add every word in a file to a set in $\mathrm{O}(n)$ time?

The Problem: I am currently analyzing a simple program that takes a file of length $n$, splits it into its individual words (seperated by white space) and adds those words to a set: ...
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When retrieving values from a hash table with linear probing, how do we know if the wanted value had not been shifted?

So, after a collision, a piece of information gets stored in the next bucket. When retrieving the value later with a key, how do we know it has not been shifted due to a collision and that we are in ...
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challenge: Closing hash, linear probing, probe length 1

The challenge says that there is a hash algorithm with a bug, the bug is given if it reaches the end of the array and did not find space to save the element, it discards it directly (that is, it does ...
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BST representation of Hash Tables

I'm reading this book Cracking Coding Interview. In this book author is speaking about BST representation of Hash Tables. I googled a lot for BST Representation of Hash Table. Code in C++ but didn't ...
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Does this excerpt from the linear probing Wikipedia page make an assumption?

Here is the excerpt from the linear probing page at Wikipedia. To search for a given key x, the cells of T are examined, beginning with the cell at index h(x) (where h is the hash function) and ...
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How does hash table search scales with number of keys?

Say, I have one of the standard implementations of a hash table: chaining or open addressing, and my hash key is a pair of strings. Instead of using the hash table with the pair as a key, I can use ...
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Is the capacity of a hash table a constant value?

In this paper, page 4, it is said: "...there is always a constant expected number of elements that map to the same slot" Assume we have a set $S$ of $n$ values, and we want to insert them into a ...
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Most space-efficient lossy dictionary?

Short version: What is the most space-efficient lossy dictionary (with given false positive and false negative rates)? Long version: A lossy dictionary is a data structure $D$ that encodes a set $S$ ...
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How to chose the condition for expand in hash-table?

How can I chose the condition for expanding of the array in chain-hashing if I want that given some cell (that contains elements) , the number of cells that I need to move about them is O(1) until the ...
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Bounds on probe lengths and number of rehashes with universal hashing

Say I have a family of hash functions that are weakly universal, i.e. the probability of two non-identical keys $x\neq y$ are mapped to the same hash-value is bounded by $k/m$ when I have $m$ bins and ...
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Perfect (or almost perfect) Hash function for n bit integers with exactly k bits set

I have a a data set with 2598960 elements of of unsigned integers of (at most) 52-bit length. The data set has a property that exactly 5 bits set. This is only 1 data sets – I have similar data sets ...
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how many hash table sequences will produce a given table

given the following hash table with linear probing when the hash function is: $$k mod 10$$ how many different sequences will produce the given table? (starting from an empty table)
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Has the problem of finding the most profitable transactions given a set of discrete time series been well-studied?

Overview and Problem Description Suppose I have a set of N discrete time-series (represented as a map from time-interval-index to value/utility), and I would like to identify a sequence of actions in ...
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How to actually implement universal hashing?

I sort of get what it is, but I don't understand how its actually supposed to be used in algorithms. Suppose the hash function is $h_{ab}(x) = ((ax+b) \mod p ) \mod m$ where $a$ not equal to 0. If I ...
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is hash table a magic?

I have no cs background (algorithm and data structure), but need to find a data analysis related job since my major is math / statistics. However, (I am trying to avoid software engineering related ...
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Why is the module of the second function in double hashing a prime number?

When using double hashing, the second hash function is defined as $$h_2(x)=A-x\mod A,$$ where $A$ is a prime number less than the capacity of the hash table. But why must $A$ be a prime number? (This ...
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Why use binary search trees when hash tables exist?

Hash tables perform lookup, insertion, and deletion in O(1) time (expected and amortized) while the different variants of binary search tree (BST) - treap, splay, AVL, red-black - offer at best O(log ...
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Open hashing vs closed hashing

What are advantages of closed hashing over open hashing? I know the difference between those two but can't figure out why would closed hashing be better in any way. Thanks.
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Can Double Hashing return the same value 2 times?

$h(i,k)=(h^{}_{1}(k)+i * h^{}_{2}(k)) mod |T|$ as it defined in wikipedia I would like to know if it possible that Double Hashing return the same value for given $k$ when $i=1$ and $i=2$. Or from ...
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why does message authentication using 2-universal family of hash functions require a prime number of possible hash values?

I am self-studying the book Intro to Algorithms 3ed by CLRS. One of the problems seems to give a piece of information that is not necessary, Problem 11-4 in the book states Let H be class of hash ...
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hash-table subsets

Having trouble figuring this out. If I have 2 sets of integers how would I use a hash table to test if set A is a subset of set B (in pseudocode). I think I understand that basically I would need to ...