Class Hash

java.lang.Object
  extended by Hash

public class Hash
extends java.lang.Object

Fast, well distributed, cross-platform hash functions.

Development background: I was surprised to discovered that there isn't a good cross-platform hash function defined for strings. MD5, SHA, FVN, etc, all define hash functions over bytes, meaning that it's under-specified for strings.

So I set out to create a standard 32 bit string hash that would be well defined for implementation in all languages, have very high performance, and have very good hash properties such as distribution. After evaluating all the options, I settled on using Bob Jenkins' lookup3 as a base. It's a well studied and very fast hash function, and the hashword variant can work with 32 bits at a time (perfect for hashing unicode code points). It's also even faster on the latest JVMs which can translate pairs of shifts into native rotate instructions.

The only problem with using lookup3 hashword is that it includes a length in the initial value. This would suck some performance out since directly hashing a UTF8 or UTF16 string (Java) would require a pre-scan to get the actual number of unicode code points. The solution was to simply remove the length factor, which is equivalent to biasing initVal by -(numCodePoints*4). This slightly modified lookup3 I define as lookup3ycs.

So the definition of the cross-platform string hash lookup3ycs is as follows:

The hash value of a character sequence (a string) is defined to be the hash of its unicode code points, according to lookup3 hashword, with the initval biased by -(length*4).

So by definition

 lookup3ycs(k,offset,length,initval) == lookup3(k,offset,length,initval-(length*4))

 AND

 lookup3ycs(k,offset,length,initval+(length*4)) == lookup3(k,offset,length,initval)
 

An obvious advantage of this relationship is that you can use lookup3 if you don't have an implementation of lookup3ycs.


Constructor Summary
Hash()
           
 
Method Summary
static int lookup3(int[] k, int offset, int length, int initval)
          A Java implementation of hashword from lookup3.c by Bob Jenkins (original source).
static int lookup3ycs(java.lang.CharSequence s, int start, int end, int initval)
          The hash value of a character sequence is defined to be the hash of it's unicode code points, according to lookup3ycs(int[] k, int offset, int length, int initval)
static int lookup3ycs(int[] k, int offset, int length, int initval)
          Identical to lookup3, except initval is biased by -(length<<2).
static long lookup3ycs64(java.lang.CharSequence s, int start, int end, long initval)
          This is the 64 bit version of lookup3ycs, corresponding to Bob Jenkin's lookup3 hashlittle2 with initval biased by -(numCodePoints<<2).
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

Hash

public Hash()
Method Detail

lookup3

public static int lookup3(int[] k,
                          int offset,
                          int length,
                          int initval)
A Java implementation of hashword from lookup3.c by Bob Jenkins (original source).

Parameters:
k - the key to hash
offset - offset of the start of the key
length - length of the key
initval - initial value to fold into the hash
Returns:
the 32 bit hash code

lookup3ycs

public static int lookup3ycs(int[] k,
                             int offset,
                             int length,
                             int initval)
Identical to lookup3, except initval is biased by -(length<<2). This is equivalent to leaving out the length factor in the initial state. lookup3ycs(k,offset,length,initval) == lookup3(k,offset,length,initval-(length<<2)) and lookup3ycs(k,offset,length,initval+(length<<2)) == lookup3(k,offset,length,initval)


lookup3ycs

public static int lookup3ycs(java.lang.CharSequence s,
                             int start,
                             int end,
                             int initval)

The hash value of a character sequence is defined to be the hash of it's unicode code points, according to lookup3ycs(int[] k, int offset, int length, int initval)

If you know the number of code points in the CharSequence, you can generate the same hash as the original lookup3 via lookup3ycs(s, start, end, initval+(numCodePoints<<2))


lookup3ycs64

public static long lookup3ycs64(java.lang.CharSequence s,
                                int start,
                                int end,
                                long initval)

This is the 64 bit version of lookup3ycs, corresponding to Bob Jenkin's lookup3 hashlittle2 with initval biased by (numCodePoints<<2). It is equivalent to lookup3ycs in that if the high bits of initval==0, then the low bits of the result will be the same as lookup3ycs.