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Two papers give contradictory bounds on linear probing. How do I resolve the disparity?

I've been reading over two papers recently. The first, "Why Simple Hash Functions Work: Exploiting the Entropy in a Data Stream" proves that, assuming there is sufficient entropy in a data source, ...
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Locality Sensitive Hashing for similarity search : What is the link between hash tables and hash functions

Hashing is a technique for large- scale visual search and a variety of hashing-based method- s have been proposed Survey paper : Hashing for similarity search . The application of hashing to ...
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How much independence is required for separate chaining?

If $n$ balls are placed into $n$ bins uniformly at random, the heaviest loaded bin has $O(\lg n/\lg \lg n)$ balls in it with high probability. In "The Power of Simple Tabulation Hashing", Pătraşcu and ...
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What are alternatives to the random oracle model for modelling hash functions?

I was looking for more realistic alternatives to the ROM for describing hash functions in theoretical proofs. I came across the common reference string model (where hash functions can be modeled as ...
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Length Extension Attack with a fixed length message [closed]

It's well known that using a hash function as message authentication is vulnerable to length extension attacks. ie. H(key+message) is a bad idea. H(message+key), H(key+message+key) have their issues ...
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count number of i such that ( (a*i+b) mod p) mod k == l

How to determine the number of $i$'s as fast as possible such that $$1\le i \le L and ((ai+b)\mod p) \mod k = l$$ where $p$ is a prime number, $1\lt a, b\lt p-1$, and $l \lt k \lt L \lt p$. This ...
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fast range summable hash functions

I'm finding is there any range summable hash function. ADD: The hash function I refer to is the one that is typically used in tug-of-war sketch(AMS sketch). Please refer to The space complexity of ...
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Continuity vs Uniformity when designing Hash functions

Reading available literature (yep, including wikipedia), I see that hash functions should have (continuity) and map values that differ very little to similar/same hash codes, in particular for (hash ...
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Bloom filter hashes: more or bigger?

In implementing a Bloom filter, the traditional approach calls for multiple independent hash functions. Kirsch and Mitzenmacher showed that you actually only need two, and can generate the rest as ...
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How did Knuth derive A?

When interpreting keys as natural numbers we can use the following formula. $$h(k) = \lfloor m (kA\bmod{1}) \rfloor$$ What I am having trouble understanding is how we ...
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Why SHA-224 and SHA-256 use different initial values?

Wikipedia - SHA-2 says SHA-224 is identical to SHA-256, except that: the initial variable values h0 through h7 are different, and the output is constructed by omitting h7. RFC3874 - ...
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Zero knowledge proof for value of a hash function

Is there a zero knowledge proof which demonstrates that Peggy knows a value v whose hash-function is w? In my understanding of the general theorems on zero-k there EXISTS such a function if the has-...
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Reusing 5-independent hash functions for linear probing

In hash tables that resolve collisions by linear probing, in order to ensure $O(1)$ expected performance, it is both necessary and sufficient that the hash function be from a 5-independent family. (...
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Separation between existence of crypto primitives

I understand how one can build a crypto primitive from another crypto primitive to some extent. The constructions I know build the later primitive using the former primitive as a black box. My ...
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Can one reverse a hash with partial plaintext knowledge?

First off, please forgive my ignorance because I am not as well versed in cryptography and mathematics as I would like to be. I may say something obviously wrong/dumb; please point it out! Is there ...
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Minimal perfect hash function from sets of integers to integers

I would like to be able to map any subset of $S = \{0,..,m-1\}$ to an integer $k$. $m$ will probably be 32 because $|\mathcal{P}(S)| = 2^m$ and i want to use a variable with 32 bits to store this ...
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State of research on SHA-1 Collision Attacks

SHA-1 security has been discussed since an algorithm for finding collisions was first published at CRYPTO 2004 and has been subsequently improved. Wikipedia lists a couple of references, however it ...
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Is it possible to generate a collision free hash function from an equality function?

I'm wondering if it's possible to go from an arbitrary equality function: Eq :: (obj, obj) -> bool to an identity/collision-free hash function: ...
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How to compute Integer Hash of a string [closed]

Is it possible to convert a string to a unique number. Similar to any hashing algorithm (MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-2), I want to compute a unique integer value for an arbitrary length string, which should ...
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Usually to check password validity we used to create over given password it hash value and compare it with stored one. So password protection relies on strength of hashing function. Could it be used ...
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Getting started with Hashing for Information retrieval

I recently finished my bachelors and now work on Cross-lingual language search. I want to get started in hashing and see how they are useful in information retrieval. (Yes, I know what hashing is), ...
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Do 'reflexive' hash algorithms exist?

Is there a class of hash algorithms, whether theoretical or practical, such that an algorithm in the class might be considered 'reflexive' according a definition given below: hash1 = algo1 ( "input ...
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Collision Attacks, Message Digests and a Possible solution

I've been doing some preliminary research in the area of message digests. Specifically collision attacks of cryptographic hash functions such as MD5 and SHA-1, such as the Postscript example and X.509 ...
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How do I choose a functional dictionary data structure?

I've read a bit about the following data structures: Bagwell's Ideal Hash Tries Larson's Dynamic hash tables Red-Black trees Patricia trees ...and I'm sure there are a lot of others out there. I'...
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Is there a hash function for a collection (i.e., multi-set) of integers that has good theoretical guarantees?

I'm curious whether there is a way to store a hash of a multi-set of integers that has the following properties, ideally: It uses O(1) space It can be updated to reflect an insertion or deletion in ...
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What is the optimal data structure for a tree of maps.

I'm looking for a data structure, that is basically a tree of maps, where the map at each node contains some new elements, as well as the elements in its parent node's map. By map here I mean a ...
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How is DHT different than regular hash tables in context to data/node lookup?

How is DHT different than regular hash tables in context to data/node lookup? This (introduction, 3rd paragraph) paper says: First, in addition to the insertion and deletion of items, DHTs must ...
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Hashing sets of integers for inclusion testing

I'm looking for a hash function over sets H(.) and a relation R(.,.) such that if A is included in B then R(H(A), H(B)). Of course, R(.,.) must be easy to verify (constant time), and H(A) should be ...
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How is rebalancing of DHTs handled in case of failure or addition of new node?

I am reading about Dynamo-like DHT data storage applications like cassandra and project voldemort. I was curious, say: A new node is added to the cluster (since all the nodes are full) then the ...
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Associative hash mixing

Consider the lowly singly-linked list in a purely functional setting. Its praises have been sung from the mountain tops and will continue to be sung. Here I will address one among its many strengths ...
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What is the difference between a second preimage attack and a collision attack?

Wikipedia defines a second preimage attack as: given a fixed message m1, find a different message m2 such that hash(m2) = hash(m1). Wikipedia defines a collision attack as: find two ...
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Why is it important that the secret is at the end when signing with MD5?

it is often said that when using the MD5 algorithm to sign some arbitrary information, the shared secret has to be at the end. Why?