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Hello.

What does this code do?

And what is the purpose of the "for" while?

What does this code do?

And what is the purpose of the "for" while?

```
int hash(const char *str)
{
if (str != 0)
{
unsigned h = str [0];
for (int i = 1; str [i] != 0; ++i)
h = (h << 5) - h + str [i];
return h % HASH_SIZE; // remainder
}
else
{
return -1;
}
}
```

smss IR402

Comments

This seems to be the java string hashing algorithm[^]. It is a variant of the djb2[^] with different constants[^]. Here[^] you can find some explanation about the constants of djb2.

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Thanks my friend, but the djb2 algorithm is different from this. I wanna to know the this hash algorithm.

The djb2 formula is : hash = ((hash << 5) + hash) + c; /* hash * 33 + c */

but in this algorithm the code is different : h = (h << 5) - h + str [i];

but in this algorithm the code is different : h = (h << 5) - h + str [i];

Yes. Because it uses 31 instead of 33 thats why I told you its java.

(h<<5)-h == h*31

I think the above equation clarifies some things, the original shifted version is "manual optimization" for older C compilers.

(h<<5)-h == h*31

I think the above equation clarifies some things, the original shifted version is "manual optimization" for older C compilers.

Thank you my friend, but I still do not know the mean of the "hash", I think "hash" point to the count of the arguments in a string, is this true?

Please read these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_table

If you still have concenrs than search for hash-related tutorials with google, sooner or later you will get it. If you don't succeed then go on learning easier material until you reach a level to understand hashing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_table

If you still have concenrs than search for hash-related tutorials with google, sooner or later you will get it. If you don't succeed then go on learning easier material until you reach a level to understand hashing.

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I know "for" and "while", but I do not know the "hash" function target's ...

Hash function is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function

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Where from you picked the code that you have no idea on what is happening?

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