hash collision

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hash collision definition

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(Or "hash clash") When two different keys hash to the same value, i.e. to the same location in a hash table.
ESR once asked a friend what he expected Berkeley to be like. The friend replied, "Well, I have this mental picture of naked women throwing Molotov cocktails, but I think that's just a collision in my hash tables."
[Jargon File]
(1995-01-23)

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