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sanjana narayanan
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Joined: Nov 25, 2003
Posts: 142
Can anyone explain the following statement on hashCode with an eg?
"Ideally, a hash funtion should distribute any reasonable collection of unequal instances uniformly across all possible hash values."
Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977
Hi Sanjana,
I think it's best to check the following article
it helped me understanding the necessary details.
Article on Equals and Hash Code
Gian Franco

"Eppur si muove!"
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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