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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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### Can hash functions speed up quantum simulation? (Generalizing May and Schlieper's idea) [closed]

To conform with the CS Theory SE crossposting rules, I've created a separate post for dequantizing Shor's algorithm (discussion on the Quantum Computing Stack Exchange was mostly about Shor's ...
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### Sampling from a family of hash functions, not uniformly at random?

Many algorithms and data structures assume access to a family of hash functions satisfying some nice property (say, $k$-independence or $k$-universality). In these cases, we usually assume that we ...
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### Can a result of (any) hash algorithm contain the hash result itself? [closed]

Suppose you have a file of 240 lines. Any lines, any content. You then calculate the hash of that file, let's say MD5, and the result is something in the following structure: ...
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### Zero Knowledge proofs of knowledge

Is there Zero Knowledge Proof of Knowledge protocol for Hash function? (If h(v)=w) without revealing v to the anyone can we prove that we know 'v')
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### Complexity of solving systems of linear equations with hash preimages

Introduction: I'm researching a decision problem that I thought was in NP because there are certificates for its instances that have a polynomial number of elements. However, I realized that there are ...
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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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### Improving Bloom filter - can we distinguish elements of a database using less than 2.33275 bits/element?

While we usually use large e.g. 64 bit hashes, there are many techniques to reduce this size, e.g. for savings in storage and transmission. Popular Bloom filter instead of marking just 1 hash ...
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### Why do k min-hashes, instead of one hash where we find the k minimum elements?

Traditionally if one wants to sketch streams for Jaccard similarity hashing, one finds the minimum element in each of $k$ permutation for comparison purposes, and then takes number_of_collisions / $k$ ...
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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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### Hash-containing Binary Tree?

I saw the question somewhere "Binary tree vs hash table, which one is better?" And then I thought - "Why not both? Why not combine the two and create a binary tree where each node contains a 'number' ...
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### Does this pairwise independent random process have expected max load $\sqrt{n}$?

This is an extension to the question about balls into bins: Example of pairwise independent random process with expected max load $\sqrt{n}$ . There the following question is asked and answered in ...
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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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### is Zero knowledge Proof same as commitment schemes? [closed]

I am studying about the zero knowledge proofs and I am looking for a practical (example based) approach to undrestand its process. I have studied the theory a little bit and I find it interesting yet ...
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### “Linear” hashing function

Say we have two chunks of data $X$ and $Y$, which may be of different sizes, is there a non-trivial function $hash$, and operation $*$, such that: $$hash(X+Y) = hash(X) * hash(Y)$$ ...where $+$ is ...
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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 O(...
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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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### Notion similar to k-wise independence

I want to construct a family of functions $H:\{0,1\}^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}$ with a property that is similar to k-wise independence. Specifically, I want $H$ to satisfy the following property. Let $k$ ...
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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 - 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? ...