Bloom::Faster - Perl extension for the c library libbloom.




  use Bloom::Faster;
  # m = ideal vector size.  
  # k = # of hash functions to use. 

  my $bloom = new Bloom::Faster({m => 1000000,k => 5});

  # this gives us very tight control of memory usage (a function of m)
  # and performance (a function of k).  but in most applications, we won't
  # know the optimal values of either of these.  for these cases, it is 
  # much easier to supply:
  # n = number of expected elements to check for duplicates,
  # e = acceptable error rate (probability of false positive)
  # my $bloom = new Bloom::Faster({n => 1000000, e => 0.00001});

  while (<>) {
        # Bloom::Faster->add() returns true when the value is a duplicate.
        if ($bloom->add($_)) {
                print "DUP: $_\n";

  if ($bloom->check("foo")) {
    print " foo has been seen ";

  # for annoying backwards-compatibility reasons, we also provide a "test" method. 
  # this method is EQUIVALENT to the add() method and should not be used since it's
  # extremely confusing.  This method is now deprecated.

  # serialize to disk

  # read from disk
  my $another_bloom = new Bloom::Faster("/path/to/another/file");

  # manually free the data structures 


Bloom filters are a lightweight duplicate detection algorithm proposed by Burton Bloom (, with applications in stream data processing, among others. Bloom filters are a very cool thing. Where occasional false positives are acceptable, bloom filters give us the ability to detect duplicates in a fast and resource-friendly manner.

The allocation of memory for the bit vector is handled in the c layer, but perl's oo capability handles the garbage collection. when a Bloom::Faster object goes out of scope, the vector pointed to by the c structure will be free()d. to manually do this, the DESTROY builtin method can be called.

A bloom filter perl module is currently avaible on CPAN, but it is slow and cannot handle large vectors. This alternative uses a more efficient c library which can handle very large vectors. =head2 EXPORT

None by default.

Exportable constants




Peter Alvaro and Dmitriy Ryaboy, <> <>


Copyright (C) 2006-2009 by Peter Alvaro and Dmitriy Ryaboy

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.5 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.