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Personally, I would be more inclined to hire a person picking the "throw it in a hash and look it up" solution over any more complex solution. My reasoning is that bad programmers tend to get lost in nuance, or don't understand a problem. Good programmers tend to reason through the proportionate value of a problem. I'm not saying nuance is always a bad thing, but it's probably not what your company is developing unless you work for a math department.

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