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sandeep Talari
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Joined: Dec 24, 2007
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what is the load factor? which comes in linked hashmap's constructor .. one thing i knew was its default value is 0.75 what does it mean how i can make use of the load factor efficiently can anybody explain please.
Ilja Preuss
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There is a good description of what it does in the general class description of the JavaDoc to HashMap. Did you read it?


The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
 
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