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Bloom Filter

A space-efficient data structure to represent large sets.


context create  <name> bloom-filter --capacity <capacity> --fp-probability <probability>
context update <name> --key <field>
context delete <name>
context reset <name>
context save <name>
context load <name>
context inspect <name>
enrich <name>
lookup <name>


The bloom-filter context is a Bloom filter that stores large sets data in a compact way, at the cost of false positives during lookup.

The Bloom filter has two tuning knobs:

  1. Capacity: the maximum number of items in the filter.
  2. False-positive probability: the chance of reporting an indicator not in the filter.

These two parameters dictate the space usage of the Bloom filter. Consult Thomas Hurst's Bloom Filter Calculator for finding the optimal configuration for your use case.

Bloom filter terminology commonly uses the following parameter abbreviations:

nCapacityThe maximum number of unique elements that guarantee the configured false-positive probability
mSizeThe number of bits that the Bloom filter occupies
pFalse positive probabilityThe probability of erroneously reporting an element to be in the set

The Bloom filter implementation is a C++ rebuild of DCSO's bloom library. It is binary-compatible and uses the exact same method for FNV1 hashing and parameter calculation, making it a drop-in replacement for bloom users.

--capacity <capacity>

The maximum number of unique items the Bloom filter can hold while guaranteeing the configured false-positive probability.

--fp-probability <probability>

The probability of a false positive when looking up an item in the Bloom filter.

Must be within 0.0 and 1.0.

--key <field>

The field in the input to be inserted into the Bloom filter.

If an element exists already in the Bloom filter, the update operation is a no-op.