Jimmy Tan Jimmy Tan - 9 days ago 4
Java Question

Confusing about calculating the probe sequence in double hashing

I know that in Double Hashing,

h1(key) = key mod 11
h2(key) = 7 - (key mod 7)


The
h1
represents starting at location h1(key),
h2
represents the size of the step taken.

But I do not know how to solve for the probe sequence.

For example, if key is
14
.

Can you explain to me why the answer is
3,10,6,2,9,5,1,8,4,0
.

Answer

In your example, the size of the table is 11 (positions numbered 0 to 10). The size of the step is the number to add to the current position to get the next position (modulus the size of the table).

h1 = 14 mod 11 = 3
h2 = 7 - (14 mod 7) = 7 - 0 = 7

So, the first position, call it p, is 3, as given by h1. Each subsequent position, p' is given by --

p' = (p + h2) mod table_size

for this example,

p' = (p + 7) mod 11

so, the second position is --

(3 + 7) mod 11 = 10 mod 11 = 10

and the third is --

(10 + 7) mod 11 = 17 mod 11 = 6

and so on.

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