## Abstract

Let A be a set of order n and B be a set of order m. An (n, m, w)-perfect hash family is a set H of functions from A to B such that for any X⊆A with X=w, there exists an element h∈H such that h is one-to-one when restricted to X. Perfect hash families have many applications to computer science, such as database management, circuit complexity theory and cryptography. In this paper, we provide explicit constructions of perfect hash families based on algebraic curves over finite fields. In particular, using the Garcia-Stichtenoth curves, we obtain infinite classes of (n, m, w)-perfect hash families with H=O(logn) for fixed m and w, which are among the most efficient explicit constructions for perfect hash families known in the literature. We also exhibit examples to show the efficiency of the new constructions and their applications to the constructions of cover-free families.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 112-124 |

Number of pages | 13 |

Journal | Journal of Combinatorial Theory: Series A |

Volume | 93 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jan 2001 |

## Keywords

- Algebraic curves
- Cover-free family
- Perfect hash family