Internet Mathematics

Network Applications of Bloom Filters: A Survey

Andrei Broder and Michael Mitzenmacher

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A Bloom filter is a simple space-efficient randomized data structure for representing a set in order to support membership queries. Bloom filters allow false positives but the space savings often outweigh this drawback when the probability of an error is controlled. Bloom filters have been used in database applications since the 1970s, but only in recent years have they become popular in the networking literature. The aim of this paper is to survey the ways in which Bloom filters have been used and modified in a variety of network problems, with the aim of providing a unified mathematical and practical framework for understanding them and stimulating their use in future applications.

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Internet Math., Volume 1, Number 4 (2003), 485-509.

First available in Project Euclid: 23 February 2005

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Broder, Andrei; Mitzenmacher, Michael. Network Applications of Bloom Filters: A Survey. Internet Math. 1 (2003), no. 4, 485--509.

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