direct chaining

(data structure)

Definition: A collision resolution scheme in which the hash table is an array of links to lists. Each list holds all the items with the same hash value.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
separate chaining.

Aggregate parent (I am a part of or used in ...)
hash table.

See also linear search.

Note: The items in the list may be searched and maintained with any list search algorithms. Any searchable data structure may be used instead of a list.

After [GBY91, pages 71-74]

Author: PEB


insert (C), search (C). Duane A. Bailey's ChainedHashtable class documentation in the structure package (Java) from Java Structures: Data Structures in Java, for the Principled Programmer.
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