Lab 2: Modular Hashing Lab


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Lab 2: Modular Hashing Lab
This is an INDIVIDUAL assignment. Due date is as indicated on BeachBoard. Follow ALL
instructions otherwise you will lose points. In this lab, you will be implementing two
functions from a class called hash_table. This will require the use of hashing functions
and linear probing.
Searching for a certain value in a large database or list can take a long time especially if that
value is stored in a space that is the last place that you look. See example below:
Index 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 … 20483958 20483959 20483960 20483961
Value # # # # # # # … 49842 428 32532 35246
If you tried to find 32532 in the array using traditional brute force, it would take a long
time because 32532 is at the end of the array. You would have to check around 20483960
memory addresses before finding it.
A hash function is a function that generates a key for a value. This key allows us to
1. Strategically place your data
2. Easily find your data when you need it
There are many types of hashing, but we will focus on modular hashing.
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• h(k): mapping
• k: key
• m: number of addresses
Another example:
Use the numbers on the left as our example. There are 8 numbers in
our array and we want to arrange them in a way that allows us to find
them as quickly as possible. Because there are 8 spots in the array, we
are going to use mod 8 to define these locations for us. For example:
293587: 293587 mod 8 = 3. So, we’ll put this number in index 3
85023840:85023840 mod 8 =0. We’ll put this number in index 0
Continue this pattern….
Finally we’ll have an array that looks like below. This is called a hash table:
Let’s say I want to find or have access to a certain number such as
If I wanted to use a brute force algorithm to find it in the array
above, it would take me 7 tries if I started from the beginning of the
array and 2 tries if I started at the end of the array.
However, if I want to find it in my hash table, I would plug it into
the hash function that I used to create the hash table x mod 8 and
I would get a remainder of 7. In 1 try, I can find the value I was
looking for.
0 85023840
1 39482905
2 54234914
3 293587
4 209524
5 9850293
6 98520398
7 623407
In real life, we can have collisions. To deal with collisions, there are multiple strategies that
programmers use, but we will cover linear probing ONLY. We won’t talk about chaining,
quadratic probing, or clustering in this class. You can learn that in cecs328
Collision: When a hash function maps two different keys to the same address
Linear probing: A technique used to overcome collision where the key is re-hashed by
placing the value in the next available slot in the table.
2 10 / 66
If you try to insert 10, you would put it in address 2 because 10 mod 8 = 2
If you try to insert 66, that would also give you address 2 because 66 mod 8 = 2
This is what we call a collision.
How to circumvent the issue (linear probing)
• Re-hash the value by placing it in the next available slot in the table
2 10
3 66
If you try to insert 83, you would put it in address 4 because 83 mod 8 = 3, but slots 3
is already taken. The next available position would be 4
If you try to insert 42, you would put it in address 5 because 42 mod 8 = 2, but slots 2,
3, 4 are already taken. The next available position would be 5
2 10
3 66
4 83
5 42
In the case that you reach the end of the hash table during linear probing, you want to loop
back around and continue checking from index 0.

1. Take a close look at the file. There are some functions that have
already been implemented. In addition, there are two empty functions:
linear_probe(value, start_index) and hash(value). Read through both of
their descriptions carefully. Remember, you will lose points if you do not follow the
instructions. We are using a grading script.
Linear_probe(value, start_index)
input • value- value to be inserted
• start_index- where linear probing starts
output • returns the index of the hash_table that the
value should be inserted after linear probing
restrictions • Although you can implement this function with
just one input, DO NOT alter the function
assumptions • value will always be an integer
• your table will always be big enough
input • value- value to be inserted
output • Do not return anything. Just insert value into
the proper position in self.table. Utilize
linear_probe and insert in this function
restrictions •
assumptions • value will always be an integer
• your table will always be big enough
2. Please note that a few functions are already completed: insert(value, index)
get_table() and __str__(). You are required to use the insert() function
in your hash() function. However, the other two functions get_table() and
__str__() are provided for debugging purposes (if you’re having issues with your
code) and do not have to be used in any of your functions. Do NOT alter the already
implemented functions in ANY significant way.
3. Your job is to implement both linear_probe() and hash() so that it passes any
test case. There are two sample test cases provided for you, but these are not the
only cases that we will test. We will be testing other test cases in the same way the
test cases are presented.
Note: The grading script will test linear_probe() and hash() separately!
Although you can implement hash() without linear_probe(), not
implementing linear_probe() will result in lost points.
Another note: For linear_probe(), you do not have to use both inputs. If you
think that you can implement this function with just one of the inputs, then you can
do that. Two inputs were provided for testing purposes.
4. After completing these functions, comment out the test cases (or delete them) or
else the grading script will pick it up and mark your program as incorrect. At the
minimum, the test cases must be commented/deleted. It is up to you if you want to
remove the checker() function.
5. Convert your file to a .txt file. Submit your file and
your .txt file on BeachBoard. Do NOT submit it in compressed folder.
6. Do not email us your code asking us to verify it. We will answer general questions,
but we will not debug your code over email.
Grading rubric
Points Requirement
15 Implemented linear_probe() correctly
15 Implemented hash() correctly
5 Passes 2 original test cases (also commented out or deleted the test
*** Note: If your program has an error, you will automatically get a 0 on the lab! Double
check to make sure that you do not have any errors!!!
** If we find that you have significantly altered insert() or get_table(), then you will
get an automatic 0! Regardless of your other functions being correct or not.

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