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Re^5: "Just use a hash": An overworked mantra?

by vkon (Curate)
on Dec 24, 2011 at 21:20 UTC ( #945040=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: "Just use a hash": An overworked mantra?
in thread "Just use a hash": An overworked mantra?

yes, they are O(n x log n)

how do the hashes work.

ok, hash is computed (some say these are O(log n) i do not know but this time I trust the links provided to me by davido) and then - based on computed hash - it could be hash hit or miss: either "luck" - (this is what usually happens) - this was different on all previous values.
or - otherwise - hash sum equality with earlier cases of that hash (rare in practice, but this is what is used on hash complexity attack)

in that latter case - insertion/search happens (based on exact operation), which is O(n)

otherwise this hunk of hv.c code is what for:

* The "hash seed" feature was added in Perl 5.8.1 to perturb the resu +lts * to avoid "algorithmic complexity attacks". * * If USE_HASH_SEED is defined, hash randomisation is done by default * If USE_HASH_SEED_EXPLICIT is defined, hash randomisation is done * only if the environment variable PERL_HASH_SEED is set. * For maximal control, one can define PERL_HASH_SEED. * (see also perl.c:perl_parse()). */

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Re^6: "Just use a hash": An overworked mantra?
by JavaFan (Canon) on Dec 25, 2011 at 09:58 UTC
    Even if you manage to construct an insert sequence that, with a particular hash seed, results in Ω(N2) time to insert N keys, that still doesn't prove insertion isn't O(1) amortized time, with the amortization taken over all insert sequences, and/or all hash seeds.
Re^6: "Just use a hash": An overworked mantra?
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Dec 24, 2011 at 22:08 UTC
    I'd like to see you demonstrate that Perl's hashes are O(log N), let alone "worse than that"

    That is not a demonstration.

    Just you expounding your own theory based upon your misunderstanding of a) what you've read; b) what O(N) & O(N log N) mean.

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