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An implementation of Coromode and Muthukrishnan's Count-Min sketch data structure for JavaScript. The count-min sketch is basically a high powered generalization of the bloom filter. While a bloom filter gives an efficient way to approximate membership of a set, a count-min sketch can give approximate data about the relative frequency of items in the set.

For more information see the following references:


//Import library 
var createCountMinSketch = require("count-min-sketch")
//Create data structure 
var sketch = createCountMinSketch()
//Increment counters 
sketch.update("foo", 1)
sketch.update(1515, 104)
//Query results 
console.log(sketch.query(1515))  //Prints 104 
console.log(sketch.query("foo")) //Prints 1 


npm install count-min-sketch


module.exports is a constructor for the data structure, and you import it like so:

var createCountMinSketch = require("count-min-sketch")

var sketch = createCountMinSketch(epsilon, probError[, hashFunc])

Creates a count-min sketch data structure.

  • epsilon is the accuracy of the data structure (ie the size of bins that we are computing frequencies of)

  • probError is the probability of incorrectly computing a value

  • hashFunc(key, hashes) is a hash function for the data structure. (optional) the parameters to this function are as follows:

    • key is the item that is being hashed
    • hashes is an array of k hashes which are required to be pairwise independent.

Returns A count-min sketch data structure

sketch.update(key, v)

Adds v to key

  • key is the item in the table to increment.
  • v is the amount to add to it


Returns the frequency of the item key

  • key is the item whose frequency we are counting

Returns An estimate of the frequency of key


Returns a serializable JSON representation of the table.


Converts a JSON object into a deserialized sketch. The hash function is reused from the current sketch.

Note In order for this to be successful both the serialized hash table and the current hash table have to have the same hash function.


(c) 2013 Mikola Lysenko. MIT License