d-k-min-wise independent family of hash functions

Guy Feigenblat, Ely Porat, Ariel Shiftan

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In this paper we introduce a general framework that exponentially improves the space, degree of independence, and time needed by min-wise-based algorithms. The authors, in SODA '11 [1], introduced an exponential time improvement for min-wise-based algorithms. Here we develop an alternative approach that achieves both exponential time and exponential space improvement. The new approach relaxes the need for approximately min-wise hash functions, hence getting around the Ω(log⁡1ϵ) independence lower bound, by defining and constructing a d-k-min-wise independent family of hash functions; surprisingly, for most cases, only 8-wise independence is needed for the additional improvement. Furthermore, we discuss how this construction can be used to improve many min-wise-based algorithms. To our knowledge such definitions, for hash functions, were never previously studied or constructed. Finally, we show how to apply it for similarity and rarity estimation over data streams; other min-wise-based algorithms can be adjusted in the same way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Computer and System Sciences
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017

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  • Data streams
  • Rarity
  • Similarity
  • Windowed data streams
  • min-wise hash functions


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