
Data.HashTable  Portability  portable  Stability  provisional  Maintainer  libraries@haskell.org 




Contents 
 Basic hash table operations
 Converting to and from lists
 Hash functions
 Diagnostics


Description 
An implementation of extensible hash tables, as described in
PerAke Larson, Dynamic Hash Tables, CACM 31(4), April 1988,
pp. 446457. The implementation is also derived from the one
in GHC's runtime system (ghc/rts/Hash.{c,h}).


Synopsis 




Basic hash table operations 

data HashTable key val 
A hash table mapping keys of type key to values of type val. The implementation will grow the hash table as necessary, trying to
maintain a reasonable average load per bucket in the table.



new 
:: (key > key > Bool)  An equality comparison on keys  > (key > Int32)  A hash function on keys  > IO (HashTable key val)  Returns: an empty hash table  Creates a new hash table 


insert :: HashTable key val > key > val > IO () 
Inserts an key/value mapping into the hash table. 

delete :: HashTable key val > key > IO () 
Remove an entry from the hash table. 

lookup :: HashTable key val > key > IO (Maybe val) 
Looks up the value of a key in the hash table. 

Converting to and from lists 

fromList :: (Eq key) => (key > Int32) > [(key, val)] > IO (HashTable key val) 
Convert a list of key/value pairs into a hash table. Equality on keys
is taken from the Eq instance for the key type.


toList :: HashTable key val > IO [(key, val)] 
Converts a hash table to a list of key/value pairs.


Hash functions 

This implementation of hash tables uses the loworder n bits of the hash
value for a key, where n varies as the hash table grows. A good hash
function therefore will give an even distribution regardless of n. If your keyspace is integrals such that the loworder bits between
keys are highly variable, then you could get away with using id
as the hash function. We provide some sample hash functions for Int and String below. 

hashInt :: Int > Int32 
A sample hash function for Int, implemented as simply (x mod P)
where P is a suitable prime (currently 1500007). Should give
reasonable results for most distributions of Int values, except
when the keys are all multiples of the prime!


hashString :: String > Int32 
A sample hash function for Strings. The implementation is: hashString = fromIntegral . foldr f 0
where f c m = ord c + (m * 128) `rem` 1500007 which seems to give reasonable results.


Diagnostics 

longestChain :: HashTable key val > IO [(key, val)] 
This function is useful for determining whether your hash function
is working well for your data set. It returns the longest chain
of key/value pairs in the hash table for which all the keys hash to
the same bucket. If this chain is particularly long (say, longer
than 10 elements), then it might be a good idea to try a different
hash function.


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