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Bidirectional serialization of Bloom filters #3

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ocharles opened this Issue Feb 24, 2013 · 3 comments

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@ocharles

I'd like to use bloomfilter in order to let clients filter a large set on the server, while making efficient use of bandwidth. As such, clients will construct a Bloom filter themselves, transmit it over the network, and the server will use this Bloom filter against a local set it maintains. The result will then be transmitted over the network back to the client.

While I can get access to the underlying representation of a filter, I do not appear to be able to recreate the filter from it.

@kim
kim commented Apr 30, 2014

This is actually possible, though not too obvious from just looking at the API:

let (bits,nh) = suggestSizing 3 0.1
     hfam     = cheapHashes nh
     filt     = fromList hfam bits ["foo", "bar", "quux"]
     arr      = bitArray filt -- warnings about endianness and word size apply
     filt'    = empty hfam bits -- must use the same parameters when re-creating the filter
 in filt' { bitArray = arr } 

(note: the hackage version exposes a slightly different API)

@bgamari
bgamari commented May 27, 2014

Can this be closed?

@gibiansky

It would be nice to get official support for this in the API.

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