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A second look at bloom filters

This note deals with a paper by Gremillion demonstrating the simulation approach to the design of a Bloom filter. It is shown that an analytical approach can yield insights into competing filter design and give expected values for the goodness-of-hash transformations not available with simulation. On the other hand, simulation gives insight into what can be expected with available hash transformation not available from an analytic approach.

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