From charlesreid1

Definitions and Variations


hash table - data structure that uses key or value based lookup system

dictionary problem - searching for an item in a structure; if item is not found, you learn nothing new

hash function - a mapping from input objects to a hash table entry

bucket array - array of data used to store hash table entries, indexed by hash codes (key space)

collision - when two or more elements that are distinct/different have the same hash code

compression function - maps the output of the hash code to an integer in the range 0 to N-1

hash code - an integer that is uniquely determined by the input key

polynomial hash code - accounts for positions (not just presence) of various bits, each bit is the coefficient of a polynomial (use Horner's Rule to evaluate):

cyclic shift hash code - shifts the bits of the 32-bit key representation by X bits (left or right)

immutable - unable to be changed after construction/instantiation; keys must be immutable, or their hash value will change!

division method (compression) - turns the hash code into an integer between 0 and N-1 via the rather unimaginative

MAD (multiply and divide) method (a.k.a. universal hashing) (compression) - use the following compression function:

where p > N and p is prime

collision resolution - rule used to determine what happens when a collision is found

separate chaining - using linked lists as buckets, instead of storing elements in an array directly

load factor - alpha - ratio of number of items N to number of buckets M, cost is proportional to load factor

open addressing - requires load factor is 1, stores elements directly instead of in buckets

linear probing - used with open addressing, collision handling technique in which a full element leads to a neighbor search (deletion becomes tricky, mark removed nodes)

quadratic probing - alternative that provides more desirable properties than linear probing

double hashing - if we hash a key h(k) and the position is occupied, we can use a second hash function to find a new key/position

ADTs and Interfaces

Hash Table ADT

Hash Tables provide the following methods:

  • hashFunction (turns key into index 0 to N-1)
  • get
  • set
  • del
  • getBucket (deletes an item from a particular bucket)
  • setBucket (sets the value of an item in a particular bucket)
  • delBucket (removes an item from a particular bucket)
  • size
  • empty
  • clear
  • clone
  • iterators, etc.


Hash Table fields/members:

  • table for data
  • number of entries
  • hash function coefficients
    • prime p
    • scale a
    • shift b

Hash Table methods:

  • hash function (universal/MAD function)
  • get/set/del methods
  • getBucket/setBucket/delBucket methods
  • resize method

Chaining Hash Table methods:

  • overrides getBucket/setBucket/delBucket to use "chained" linked lists for buckets

Probing Hash Table methods:

  • overrides getBucket/setBucket/delBucket to use linear/quadratic probing to find open slots
  • implements non-empty AVAILABLE sentinel

Algorithms for Operations

Hash Map base class

get(k) method:

  • j = hashFunction(k)
  • return getBucket(j,k)

set(k,v) method:

  • j = hashFunction(k)
  • setBucket(j,k,v)
  • update size

delete(k) method:

  • j = hashFunction(k)
  • delBucket(j,k)
  • update size

get, set, and delete methods are all public

hashFunction method varies depending on hash function chosen

getBucket, setBucket, delBucket are private and depend on the concrete implementation

Chained Hash Map

get bucket(j,k) method:

  • bucket_j = buckets[j]
  • return bucket_j[k]

set bucket(j,k,v)

  • bucket_j = buckets[j]
  • bucket_j[k] = v

remove bucket(j,k) method:

  • bucket_j = buckets[j]
  • del bucket_j[k]

Linear Probing Hash Table

findBucketSlot(j,k) method:

  • Find key k in bucket j
  • if true, found match, returning location
  • if false, not match, returning 1st available slot

getBucket(j,k) method:

  • findBucketSlot(j,k)
  • if found:
    • return table value

setBucket(j,k,v) method:

  • findBucketSlot(j,k)
  • if found:
    • bucket_j[k] = v
  • else:
    • new item(k,v)
    • bucket_j insert new item
    • update size

removeBucket(j,k) method:

  • findBucketSlot(j,k)
  • if found:
    • mark as vacated using AVAIL constant

Complexity and Cost

Note: alpha is the loading factor, N/M, where N is the nubmer of elements in the hash table, and M is the number of buckets.

Big-O Complexity of Lists

Unsorted List Hash Map (expected)

Unsorted List Hash Map (worst)

Chained Hash Map

get O(1) O(n) O(alpha)
set O(1) O(n) O(alpha)
remove O(1) O(n) O(alpha)
size O(1) O(n) O(1)
empty O(1) O(n) O(1)
iteration over structure O(n) O(n) O(n)

OOP Principles

Object hash codes

  • Java and Python both provide methods for modifying/directly implementing a custom object hash code method

Private utility methods:

  • Pack your functionality into general, protected utility methods, as with chained probing hash table implementations