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Simple Summaries for Hashing with Multiple Choices

By Adam Kirsch and Michael Mitzenmacher


In a multiple-choice hashing scheme, each item is stored in one of d> = 2 possible hash tablebuckets. The availability of these multiple choices allows for a substantial reduction in the maximum load of the buckets. However, a lookup may now require examining each of the d locations. Forapplications where this cost is undesirable, Song et al. propose keeping a summary that allows one to determine which of the d locations is appropriate for each item, where the summary may allowfalse positives for items not in hash table. We propose alternative, simple constructions of such summaries that use less space for both the summary and the underlying hash table. Moreover, ourconstructions are easily analyzable and tunable

Year: 2009
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