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From aherb...@apache.org
Subject [commons-collections] 02/03: Document the HashFunctionIdentity Signedness
Date Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:48:20 GMT
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commit 24ad759b3100ef2026381fcb4065613a9dff6117
Author: Alex Herbert <aherbert@apache.org>
AuthorDate: Mon Feb 24 23:27:55 2020 +0000

    Document the HashFunctionIdentity Signedness
---
 .../bloomfilter/hasher/HashFunctionIdentity.java   | 28 +++++++++++++++++++++-
 1 file changed, 27 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/src/main/java/org/apache/commons/collections4/bloomfilter/hasher/HashFunctionIdentity.java
b/src/main/java/org/apache/commons/collections4/bloomfilter/hasher/HashFunctionIdentity.java
index 0047ad1..83f2f90 100644
--- a/src/main/java/org/apache/commons/collections4/bloomfilter/hasher/HashFunctionIdentity.java
+++ b/src/main/java/org/apache/commons/collections4/bloomfilter/hasher/HashFunctionIdentity.java
@@ -56,9 +56,35 @@ public interface HashFunctionIdentity {
 
     /**
      * Identifies the signedness of the calculations for this function.
+     * <p>
+     * When the hash function executes it typically returns an array of bytes.
+     * That array is converted into one or more numerical values which will be provided
+     * as a {@code long} primitive type.
+     * The signedness identifies if those {@code long} values are signed or unsigned.
+     * For example a hash function that outputs only 32-bits can be unsigned if converted
+     * using {@link Integer#toUnsignedLong(int)}. A hash function that outputs more than
+     * 64-bits is typically signed.
+     * </p>
      */
     enum Signedness {
-        SIGNED, UNSIGNED
+        /**
+         * The result of {@link HashFunction#apply(byte[], int)} is signed,
+         * thus the sign bit may be set.
+         *
+         * <p>The result can be used with {@code Math.floorMod(x, y)} to generate a
positive
+         * value if y is positive.
+         *
+         * @see Math#floorMod(int, int)
+         */
+        SIGNED,
+        /**
+         * The result of {@link HashFunction#apply(byte[], int)} is unsigned,
+         * thus the sign bit is never set.
+         *
+         * <p>The result can be used with {@code x % y} to generate a positive
+         * value if y is positive.
+         */
+        UNSIGNED
     }
 
     /**


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