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Questions tagged [hash-function]

For questions about hash functions: functions from a big set to a smaller one such that the same output $f(x_1)=f(x_2)$ for different input $x_1\ne x_2$ is unlikely, especially if $x_2$ differs from $x_1$ by a random error or is crafted by an adversary.

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An efficient way to find anagrams

Consider a set of words where you want to divide the set into subsets of words, where all members of each subset are anagrams (same letters, different arrangement). You can do this computationally in ...
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Finding a path in a graph by its hash value

Assume there is a graph $G = (V, E)$ and a hash function $H: V^n \rightarrow \{0,1\}^m$. Given a path $p = (v_1, v_2, ..., v_n)$ from the graph $G$, compute its hash value $H(p) = h_p$. Question: ...
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general hash function question

The question: let it be two data structures that are represented by hash tables $T_1,T_2$ with chaining ($T_1,T_2$ are arrays of linked lists), and hash functions h1,h2 accordingly. Suppose that the ...
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Hashing: Quadratic Probing

I have the following to prove, unfortunately I am not able to do so. Let h, h' be hash functions: $h(k,i) = (h'(k) + c_{1}i + c_{2}i^2)$ mod $m$. Show the following: if m is prime and $c_{2} \neq 0$ ...
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Average operations on a hashtable

Suppose we are given an empty hash table of size $n$, where collisions are resolved by re-hashing (open addressing). Next, $n/2$ items are randomly inserted into the table using a hash function that ...
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How to attack universal hash function based on finite-field arithmetic?

As per the Recursive n-gram hashing is pairwise independent, at best paper, I want to use the algorithm described in chapter 6 and 7 (page 7 - 10). The hash works as follows: Define a random function ...
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Are there any applications of checksums and/or cryptographic hash functions in pure mathematics?

Are there any applications of checksums and/or cryptographic hash functions in pure mathematics? I've tried Googling this and haven't found anything. If you've got any other application of ...
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Math behind perfect hash

I am reading material on cryptographic hash functions and it says "Collision resistant property : for a hash of length L, a perfect hash would take $2^{L/2}$ attempts." Can someone explain why? ...
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Minimal perfect hash function

If I have list of $n$ unbounded different random integers, is it always possible to find such integers $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$, that function $$f(x)=((\alpha\times x+\beta)\mod\gamma)\mod n$$ ...
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Find all groups that meets the condition

I have $n$ elements, each of them have two unsigned int attributes $x$ and $y$. Now I'd like to find out all the groups that fit the following condition: $A.x \geq B.y$ and $B.x \geq A.y$. The ...
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Exponentiation for hash function & associativity

Some cryptographic papers use $H^n(x)$ to mean $H(H^{n-1}(x))$ where $H^0(x) = x$ and $H$ is a cryptographic hash. So $H^3(x)$ would be $H(H(H(x)))$. Is this definition formally correct? It seems to ...
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Elgamal signature scheme

Suppose that $(m, r, s)$ is a message signed with an Elgamal signature scheme. Choose $h$ with $(h, p − 1) = 1$, and let $r_1 ≡ r^h\pmod p$, $s_1 ≡ sr_1h^{−1}r^{−1}\pmod {p − 1}$, and $m_1 ≡ mr_1r^{−1}...
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Hashing Probability

I have just started to learn about the topic of hashing. I understand how it works and the difference between closed address and open address, but do not know how to calculate the probability of a ...
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Hash with Chaining Problems

I ran into an example in Computer Science Course. suppose we use Hashing with chanining and use table of size m. the hash function map record with key ...
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Probability of $k$ collisions

Say we have $m$ buckets. We select a random bucket and put a ball in it, we repeat this $n$ times. In the end what is the probability of having at least one bucket with exactly $k$ balls? I have ...
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provably secure hash function

I have the following question related to proving a hash function is secure if discrete log in group $\mathbb{G}$ is hard. The hash function (Gen,H) goes as follows: Gen: on input $1^n$, run to obtain ...
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Universal hash function when size of hash is p^m

Can we define universal hash function from $U \rightarrow T$ when $T=\{0,1,2,..,m-1\}$ and $m=p^a$? (where $p$ is a prime and a is an integer) I know that we can define universal hash funciton when $...
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Number of uniform hash functions

how many uniform hash function I can create when I want to hash elements from $U$ where $|U|=m \cdot r$ , $m,r$ are integers. a hash function $h:U \rightarrow T $ , $|T|=n$ is uniform if $Prob(h(x)=i)...
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Is MD5 hash a bijection for input length < $2^{128}$ bits

The MD5 hashes have a length of 128 bits. It seems therefore obvious that if we could get all hashes from MD5 for more than $2^{128}$ inputs, at least 2 hashes would be identical. But what if we ...
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Consistent hashing using modulo

Following my answer here: Suppose I have n servers, and I want to distribute files evenly between them (same number of files on each server). Initially n=2 and I use the following function to map a ...
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Probability of probing $t$ locations in a Cuckoo hash is $O(\frac{1}{2^{t/2}})$ locations in the worst case

Prove that the probability that an insertion into a cuckoo hash table probes $t$ array locations is $O(\frac{1}{2^{t/2}})$. Keep in mind that there are two tables, each with size $s \ge 2n$, where $...
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Probability of 8 or 9 digit sequence colliding in the same place in two 65 digit numbers

I have two numbers: 3032643431333337636238613038343231383364303731376566303037663231 3861663464383131656131653461343961343364303737663565356561653361 36430373 ...
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Toy cryptographic hash function for education purposes?

I'm teaching some high school students about number theory and cryptography, and I'd like a hash function (or ideally, a family of hash functions) that I can use as simple demonstration for ...
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Find a function that maps x,y to $[0, n ( n + 1) / 2)$

Can you find me a bijective function that maps positive integers $x, y$ such that $0 \leq x < y \leq n$ to integers in $[0, n(n+1)/2)$ to use as a hash function?
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Hashing With Chaining Collision

We have $1000$ elements with key=1 to 1000, and a hashing function $$ h(i)=i^3 \mbox{ mod } 10 $$ for an array with length $10$ (array index from $0$ to $9$) with chaining method. What is the ...
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Hashing function probability of collision, is this solution wrong?

We hash n keys into k=1000 memory locations one by one. What is the probability that the first i records do not produce a collision. Assume each key is independently and uniformly hashed into the ...
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How Jaccard similarity can be approximated with minhash similarity?

In Page 81 of this book, Mining of Massive Data Sets. It says the following: Now, consider the probability that $h(S_1) = h(S_2)$. If we imagine the rows permuted randomly, and we proceed from the ...
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Hide my invoice number

I'm not a mathematician, so please forgive any ignorance. I have a small business - I'm generating invoices incrementally. I'm currently on about invoice number 4000. I guess I don't want my ...
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hash function not using bitwise operations

I have a need for implementing an algorithm to validate that a given message is not altered after some operations (for instance after transmission over a medium). A typical way of doing this kind of ...
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Slot size bound for chaining

This is a question from CLRS Q) Suppose that we have a hash table with n slots, with collisions resolved by chain-ing, and suppose that $n$ keys are inserted into the table. Each key is equally ...
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Hash functions for unordered data

I am interested in stream hash functions for unordered data: Hash functions $g$ on lists which, given a two lists of integers $L_1, L_2$ where $L_2$ is a permutation of $L_1$, $g(L_1)=g(L_2)$. I can ...
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An “additive” cryptographic hash-function that allows calculating the hash of some data from the hashes of the parts of that data.

I want to use a cryptographic hash-function that allows calculating the hash of some data from the hashes of the parts of that data. This question was already asked on SO - "Additive" hash ...
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Is there a hashing algorithm that can be done on paper?

I often want to explain to non-computer literates about MD5, or why any sort of hashing is done. Is there any type of simple hashing algorithm that can be done with a pen and piece of paper (possibly ...
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describe a vector with a single unique number

Is there a way to uniquely describe a vector with a single ( = easy to store) value? e.g. have a function $H(\vec{v}): \mathbb{R}^{130} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $ I have a lot of vectors in $\mathbb{R}^...
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Does reducing 512-bit blocks to 128-bit hashes lead to 1/4 chance of collision?

This is a quote from a cryptography book called Implementing SSL / TLS Using Cryptography and PKI By Joshua Davies. MD5 operates on 512-bit(64 byte) blocks of input. Each block is reduced to a ...
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Number of combinations of balls in slots

Assume there are 9 identical balls, and each can be placed in one of 10 numbered slots. All balls must be placed in exactly one slot (i.e., you can't leave a ball out). How many combinations are ...
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Distinguishing between hash function digest and message corruption

As an initial disclaimer, I know virtually nothing about coding theory. I apologize in advice for incorrect or inappropriate terminology. The problem space I'm exploring is ensuring the integrity of ...
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Identity based encryption

I am implementing ID based encryption in c# right now i am having problem at the following mathematics $$H_1: \{0,1 \}^n \times \{0,1 \}^n \to \mathbb{Z}^*_p, \text{ what does this expression mean?}$...
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“Unique” number from several values

I'm trying to create a unique unsigned "long" number (64 bits) from a list of 4 other numerical values. Some function f(n1, n2, n3, n4) = x. The order of the values ...
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Calculate people needed to have all birthdays

for n people where n > 365, how can you calculate how many people you would need to expect that each of every distinct possible birthday would be had by at least one person at a given probability p? ...
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Polynomial division with reference to CRC32

The polynomials we're using will always have coefficients of either 1 or 0. We have a divisor polynomial which will always remain the same, we'll call this polynomial $D$. We have a dividend ...
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Calculate entropy of modified base32 hash

I am trying to develop a scheme for generating unique (probable within bounds) ids in a distributed application. I want the id to be easily remembered, easily spoken, and easily read. I chose base32 ...
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Searching for random items in a set of lists

This is a programming question, but I'm interested in the math behind it so I think it's better asked here. Say I have a list of items and I'm looking for one item in the list that satisfies a ...
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Calculate unique Integer representing a pair of integers

I have a pair of positive integers $(x, y)$, with $(x, y)$ being different from $(y, x)$, and I'd like to calculate an integer "key" representing them in order that for a unique $(x, y)$ there is an ...
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Finding collision for a hash function

Is there a way to find a collision for a given hash function without brute forcing? The particular hash function I'm talking about is the one used by Python (simplified version given below). It ...
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How can one gurantees the intersection of two set is empty with respect to its hash value?

Let's say we have sets A = {1,2,3} and B = {1,3,10} and our hash function is h(x) = 2x + 1(mod9) therefore H(A) = {3,5,7} H(B) = {3,7} Therefore if there is no intersection between the elements ...
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Probability of a slot having exactly $K$ elements

From this question asked in an interview: Consider a hash table with $M$ slots. Suppose hash value is uniformly distributed between $1$ to $M$. Suppose we put $N$ keys into this $M$-slotted ...
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Chance that first 6 characters of a SHA-1 hash matching another SHA-1 hash?

Just what the question says -- what is the chance that the first six characters of a SHA-1 hash will match the first six characters of any given SHA-1 hash?
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Is Hash(bG) equal to b(Hash(G))?

Assume b is an integer, G is a basepoint in an elliptic curve, and Hash is a one-way hash function. Is Hash(bG) equal to b(Hash(G)) ? or not? Note: A hash function is any algorithm or subroutine ...
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Bit permutations and collisions of compression function

I'm having trouble finding a good method for solving the following problem: If $n$ is a positive integer, let $S_n$ denote the group of permutations of the set $\{1,2,\dots, n\}$. For a permutation $\...