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Simple Bloom Filter implmentation in Python

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Bloom Filter

Implemented in Python 3.

  • The price we pay for efficiency through bloom filters is that it is probabilistic in nature that means, there might be some False Positive results. False positive means, it might tell that given username is already taken but actually it’s not.
  • Not being False Negative such that telling that username doesn't exist while it is there, i.e., if exists it reports it's existenece in terms of maybe, else if not present it is 100% confident to report the same.
  • Deleting elements from filter is not possible because, if we delete a single element by clearing bits at indices generated by k hash functions, it might cause deletion of few other elements.


pip install bloomf==0.2

Distributed as a PyPi Package.


You can use this bloom filter as follows -

from bloomf import BloomFilter

n = 10  # number of items to be added
p = 0.04  # FP Probablity

filter = BloomFilter(n, p)

print("Size of bit array: {}" . format(filter.size))
print("False positive Probability: {}" . format(filter.fp_prob))
print("Number of hash functions: {}" . format(filter.hash_count))

word_present = ['abound', 'abounds', 'abundance', 'abundant', 'accessable', 'bloom', 'blossom', 'bolster', 'bonny', 'bonus', 'bonuses']
word_absent = ['bluff', 'cheater', 'hate', 'war', 'humanity', 'racism', 'hurt', 'facebook', 'sambhav', 'twitter']

for i in word_present:

test_words = word_present[:5] + word_absent

for word in test_words:
    if filter.check(word):
        if word in word_absent:
            print("'{}' is a false positive!" . format(word))
            print("'{}' is a probably present!" . format(word))
        print("'{}' is 100% not present!" . format(word))


  • bitarray
  • mmh3

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