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What should be the load factor for separate chaining hashing?

(a) 0.5

(b) 1

(c) 1.5

(d) 2

The question is from Hash Tables topic in chapter Hash Tables of Data Structures & Algorithms I

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Right option is (b) 1

To explain: For hashing using separate chaining method, the load factor should be maintained as 1. For open addressing method, it should not exceed 0.5.

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