16bit hash

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Thu Jun 28 15:35:37 CEST 2007

Thomas Jollans wrote:
> Robin Becker wrote:
>> I'm not sure my postscript is really good enough to do the latter so I
>> hoped to pursue a python based approach which has a low probability of
>> busting. Originally I thought the range was a 16bit number which is why
>> I started with 16bit hashes.
> For identifying something, I suggest you use a hash function like sha1
> truncating it to as much as you can use, similarly to what Jon Ribbens
> suggested.

that is in fact what I'm doing; my function looks like this


whether it's any better than using the lowest bits I have no real idea. I 
suppose (sha being flavour of the month) I should really use


Robin Becker

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