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A hash table is a data structure that associates keys with values. The primary operation it supports efficiently is a lookup, where for a given identifier (key) is used to find the corresponding value. Hashes work by transforming the key using a hash function into a unique identifier used to locate the desired value.

Although associative arrays may seem at odds with Erlang's single-assignment nature, Erlang in fact provides several comparable data structures, including dictionaries (see the 'dict' module), hash tables (see the 'ets' module), and a variety of other implementations.

Consequently, Erlang can provide efficient (and safe) mechanisms for associative arrays.

See Category:HashRecipes for more on this topic.

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