Hashing is a technique of mapping a large set of arbitrary data to tabular indexes using a hash function. It is a method for representing dictionaries for large datasets.
It allows lookups, updating and retrieval operation to occur in a constant time i.e.
Why Hashing is Needed?
After storing a large amount of data, we need to perform various operations on these data. Lookups are inevitable for the datasets. Linear search and binary search perform lookups/search with time complexity of
O(log n) respectively. As the size of the dataset increases, these complexities also become significantly high which is not acceptable.
We need a technique that does not depend on the size of data. Hashing allows lookups to occur in constant time i.e.
A hash function is used for mapping each element of a dataset to indexes in the table.
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