# 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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### Why is it best to use a prime number as a mod in a hashing function?

If I have a list of key values from 1 to 100 and I want to organize them in an array of 11 buckets, I've been taught to form a mod function $$H = k \bmod \ 11$$ Now all the values will be placed ...
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### Is there an anti-Bloom filter?

A Bloom filter makes it possible to efficiently keep track of whether various values have already been encountered during processing. When there are many data items then a Bloom filter can result in ...
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### Could quantum computing eventually be used to make modern day hashing trivial to break?

Simply put, if one were to build a quantum computing device with the power of, say, 20 qubits, could such a computer be used to make any kind of modern hashing algorithm useless? Would it even be ...
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### How to avoid cascading resizes when resizing hash tables?

With conventional collision resolution methods like separate chaining and linear/quadratic probing, the probe sequence for a key can be arbitrarily long - it is simply kept short with high probability ...
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### Bloom filter and perfect hashing

A Bloom filter uses a hash function to test membership in a given set $S$, by checking if an item is present of not at the specified position. To mitigate the effect of hash collision, multiple ...
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### 1-to-1 cryptographically secure bit shuffling

Given an input item (N bytes), I'm looking for a function that will map this to an output (still N bytes). The function should have the following qualities: It should be 1-to-1 so that all inputs ...
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### Can proofs-of-work be probabilistically checkable?

I have been lurking for a while; this is my first post here. I’m sorry if my question is ill-formed or formatted poorly. This question came out of some ideas in another question from a sister site. ...
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### Is the codomain/range of a hash function always $\mathbb{Z}$ or $\mathbb{N}$?

From Wikipedia A hash function is any algorithm or subroutine that maps large data sets of variable length, called keys, to smaller data sets of a fixed length. For example, a person's name, ...
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### Is the following intuition valid for understanding $k$-wise independent hash functions?

I really enjoy reading up on algorithms and data structures and in the course of doing so often come across ones that rely on $k$-wise independent families of hash functions. I'm perfectly comfortable ...
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### Why does the Count-Min Sketch require pairwise independent hash functions?

The Count-Min Sketch is an awesome data structure for estimating the frequencies of different elements in a data stream. Intuitively, it works by picking a variety of hash functions, hashing each ...
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### How similar is the Goldwasser-Sipser Set Lower Bound Protocol to the Hashcash/Bitcoin Proof-of-Work?

Given a hash function $H:\{0,1\}^*\rightarrow\{0,1\}^n$, a difficulty $d\in\mathbb{N}$, and data $D\in\{0,1\}^*$, the framework of the Hashcash/Bitcoin Proof-of-Work entails finding a nonce $c$ such ...
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### Two definitions of universal hash functions

I have seen two definitions of universal hash functions in the literature. For any $i \geqslant 2$ let $[i]=\{1,\ldots,i\}$. Definition 1: A family $\mathcal H$ of hash functions from $[n]$ to ...
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### Is it known whether the MD5 algorithm is surjective?

Does MD5 map to all possible 128 bit numbers? To put it another way: For every 128 bit number y, does there exist at least one x ...
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### Find longest common substring using a rolling hash

The longest common substring (LCS) of two input strings $s,t$ is a common substring (in both of them) of maximum length. We can relax the constraints to generalize the problem: find a common substring ...
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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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### Double Hashing and Variations for Bloom Filters

I am reading a few papers on Bloom Filters – Bloom Filters in Probabilistic Verification (Dillinger and Manolios) suggests the following allocations for double and triple hashing respectively ...
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### What is the point in hashing a value?

I apologise if this is not the right place for this question... I didn't want to ask on Stackoverflow or CodeReview as it will closed in minutes as "too broad". A client of mine is writing an API ...
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### why not just use a random number generator as a hash function?

I guess at the heart of this is that I don't really understand hash functions. One article says any function mapping objects to an object of fixed size: A hash function usually means a function ...
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### Building static hash table with particular collisions

Is there efficient algorithm to encode keys in hash function with provided collisions? By efficient I mean with low-ish runtime of lookup operation (taking constants into account) and realistic time ...
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### How to find a 2-wise independent hash family that is not 3-wise independent?

I'm trying to find a family of hash functions mapping $\{1, 2, ..., 2^n\}$ to $\{0, 1\}$ that is 2-wise independent but not 3-wise independent. Any ideas on that? I know two 2-wise independent ...
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### Why does this particular hashCode function help decrease collisions?

I just read in Effective Java about the hashCode method: Store some constant nonzero value, say, 17, in an int variable called result. For each significant ...
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### Term for binary search tree using hashes?

I was looking for a way to easily store and access a symbol table using the least memory and code as possible and I went with a BST. Symbols, however, tend to be defined in order as in foo0, foo1, ...
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### What is the reasoning behind magic constancs in hash code calculations found in programming practice?

In real-world programming, we frequently need to compute hash codes for complicated objects. The main desired properties are that the values should be deterministic and have few collisions. Let's ...
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### Understanding of hash tables

I am currently studying hash tables in an introductory course to computer science. I was taught that hash table is a data structure that associates a key to an index (a hash table) and then to the ...
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### Efficient set data structure supporting insert and set equal

What's the best way to represent sets that support the following two operations: Insert(s, i) - adds nonnegative integer i to set s Equal(s1, s2) - Tests if s1 and s2 are the same set. In addition, ...
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### Why does appending permutations of servers at the end of hash table avoid bottlenecks?

I was reading the following FDS paper: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/osdi12/osdi12-final-75.pdf The paper has a TLT (tract locator table) for identifying where to write in each ...
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 ...