# Thread: Hashing - Linear Probing

1. ## Hashing - Linear Probing

Help....I'm hoping someone can do a better job explaining 'hashing - linear probing' than this book I'm reading. I'm just looking for the explaination, not any code. I'm trying to insert 'EASYQUTION' into an initally empty hash table witha size of M = 16. I'm using the hash function 11k mod M to transform the kth letter into a table index. If anyone can explain the process or send me a link it would be greatly appreciated.

2. A hashing algoritm is just an expression to create a unique value for given data(most hashing algorithms i have seen only produce a limited amount of unique values).

an example of a hashing algorithm I have uses vehicle registrations as its data:

say you had the reg number B123BCD:

the algorithm is, take the integer value of the first letter 'B' and subtract 'A' from it, then multiply the result by 1000. So far we have a value of 1000. Next we add the next 3 digits 123, so now we have a value of 1123. This is our unique value(actually this method only produces 26000 different values). So you would store the registration number in position 1123 of the array/file.

You need to make sure your data is in the correct format and if data already exists in the position 1123, i would write the new data to an error file or just tell the user, i wouldn't try to store it elsewhere because retriving it using the same algorithm would get the wrong data.

Hope this helps.

3. I'm not sure whether the link will work or not...... sorry.

4. unable to get to that site...anyone else have any ideas??