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### How many bits are required to sample an almost pairwise independent hash function?

A family of functions $\mathcal{H} = \{ h\colon \{0,1\}^n \to \{0,1\}^m \}$ is said to be $\varepsilon$-almost pairwise independent if, for every distinct $x_1,x_2 \in \{0,1\}^n$ and (not necessarily ...
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### Are perceptual hashes connected to audio/video compression?

Without loss of generality, I'll only talk about video, but this should apply to any sort of signal. A perceptual hash function (WP) maps videos to fingerprints such that each fingerprint's preimage ...
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### Reference Request : Accessible reference for Randomised algorithms and Hashing for non-Computer Scientists?

My goal is to understand well a paper like ApproxMC. It discusses the use of Hash functions for Propositional Model Counting. In my understanding what they call hash functions are just random XOR's ...
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### Optimal random bits complexity for universal hashing

Let $Q_N:=\{0,1\}^N$ denote the $N$-dimensional Hamming cube. Let $a\in Q^N$ and $X\sim\mathrm{Unif}(Q^M)$ be input and random bits respectively, and function $f$ maps the the joint space to the $P$-...
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### "Fair" hash functions

Motivation. When I use a hash function, I would like my pre-images (original values) to a given output (hash) to be evenly distributed as it could be that an uneven distribution could make guessing / ...
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### What degree of hash function independence is needed for Bloom filters?

In the traditional analysis of Bloom filters, it's assumed that the hash functions are truly random functions, meaning that each hash function distributes each key uniformly and independently of each ...
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### Extended version of the paper "Consistent Hashing and Random Trees" with proofs

I've been reading the following paper: David Karger, Eric Lehman, Tom Leighton, Rina Panigrahy, Mathew Levine, Daniel Lewin, "Consistent Hashing and Random Trees: Distributed Caching Protocols for ...
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### Load factor of a hashtable: Why not resize based on number of actual buckets used? [closed]

From what I read, the load factor of a hashtable is defined as n/N where n=number of items N=Number of buckets in the hash table Its recommended you increase the size of your hashtable when load ...
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### Far point queries in high dimensions

Given a set of points $X\subset R^d$ and a number $r\in R$, create a data structure for queries of the form: "given a point $q\in R^d$ return a point $x\in X$ with $\text{dist}(q,x)\ge r$". This is ...
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### Example of pairwise independent random process with expected max load $\sqrt{n}$

This question was previously posted at https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1220292/example-of-pairwise-independent-random-process-with-expected-max-load-sqrtn where it has no answers. I now ...
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### Sketches, using ideal hash functions

I've been reading about sketches for processing streaming data (the CountMin sketch, the Count sketch, the tug-of-war sketch, FM sketches, etc.). They use hash functions that are required to be 2-...
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### What is the intuition behind simhash? [closed]

Why does simhash work? I understand how to implement the hash algorithm, mechanically, from the many articles such as http://matpalm.com/resemblance/simhash/. But is there a simple intuitive ...
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### Tuning Parameters of Locality Sensitive Hashing

We have given a set of $n$ binary vectors each of dimension $d$, i.e. a binary matrix of $d*n$. Our goal is to group vectors which are almost similar, $\forall v_i, v_j\in\{0,1\}^d$, we say $v_i$ ...
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### Entropy criterion of efficiency for (comparison using hashing)

I understand that hash is effective iff the "domain" size is smaller than the size of the "general set" - set of all possible objects. E.g., "domain" is the set of valid english phrases with length ...
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### Isn't weakly universal hashing even a stronger than truly random? [closed]

So as far as I know the weakly universal hashing is defined as: for any $x, y \subset U, Pr(h(x) = h(y)) \le \frac{1}{m}$ where m is a smaller number than the cardinality of $U$, and h are chosen ...
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### one-way functions vs. secret-coin CRHFs

Is there any paper which can be used to show that there can be no relativizing construction of a secret-coin Collision-Resistant Hash Family from a one-way function and unlike this paper, does not ... 228 views

### Ergodic Theory and Hash Functions

I was thinking about the old question regarding the existence of fixed points in hash functions (for instance, if we restrict the domain of MD5 to $S = \{0, 1\}^{128}$, making it a mapping $S \to S$, ...
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### Locality Sensitive Hashing - meaning of a block

I'm reading one of the early LSH papers and I'm a little confused by the meaning of a "block". In particular, in the proof of theorem 1 in section 3.2 (p 522), what are the blocks being pointed to? ...