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Assignment 10 - Indexes

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Assignment 10 - Indexes




We are going to learn to create an index. In our example the index will be in the form of a sorted array with pointers to a List





The first step of this assignment will be to create a List. You may use any List that you have already created. For the purposes of this assignment it does not matter if your list is a doubly linked list of a singly linked list. I recommend that if you created a good useful list in the previous lists assignment use this list.


Your list will be a little different in that it will have 2 content properties. I recommend calling them contentA and contentB.


The next step will be to fill the contentA and contentB list with actual content. ContentA will be filled with a random string or number. You may select a string of any length. ContentB will be filled with a Hash of ContentA. You may choose any simple hash function and apply it.


You can select from a list of Hash Function - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hash_functions , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hash_function - I would recommend a function that is 8 bits or more to avoid collisions. An incredibly good description of some hash function and their use is given at the Stack Overflow Article at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14409466/simple-hash-functions 


You must document the name and source of your hash function in the comments of your code. This should be relatively easy once you implement your hash function. (Hint: Google simple Hash functions, you will find plenty)


ContentB = HashFunction(ContentA);   (note that some Hash function accept additional "seed" parameters)


Your List should contain 10 nodes. Use a loop to create it.


Sample Node with Hashed values - You will make a linked list of these. You will not sort or modify the original list

function Node(_content) {

  this.contentA = _content;

  this.contentB = HashValue(_content);

  this.next = null;




Once you have filled in all the ContentA and ContentB values you will create an object (similar to a Node) that contains (1) ContentB - the hashed value and (2) A pointer to the node it came from for each of the 10 nodes in the list. These objects will be placed into an array. This is your index. You will sort the array on these values (you may use the built-in array functions).


function IndexNode(_sourceNode) {

  this.source = _sourceNode;

  this.content = _sourceNode.contentB;



After you create the IndexNodes (there will be one for every Node in the original list) you can place them into an array or a list. You will then sort THIS list by the hash values.


Here is the sample input and output.



The output of Create List would look something like this (horizontal or vertical)





The output of the Adler 32 bit hash for the input values would be as shown

009b0069 00ab0071




Each value of the Hash function maintains a pointer to the value that created it. You do this by simply having a specific pointer in your construction of the List when you created it (you could call the pointer source). The results of sorting the Hash list and then the output could look something like this.


You final output will be a print of the Sorted Array's Hash values and the value of the content of the Source Node the Index Nodes point to.




This may be complex - but it is the basis of a lot of different indexing schemes. Please note that in this sample the Hash values are larger than the content - but in most cases the content will be VERY big and the hash values much smaller.



Quizzes (Quiz Submission Instructions )


You quiz this week is the Miscellaneous quiz - http://quiz.geeksforgeeks.org/data-structure/misc-3/ 

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