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From: Steve Litt <>

> From a data processing and table normalization viewpoint, I think
> you'd want the key to be a meaningless unique value, with the value
> to be a table containing all of that entities data, in this case first
> and last name, birthday, etc. So your entire table might look
> something like this academic example:


you misunderstood my example. I want composed unique keys with
constant access time, i.e. not running through the elements in a 'pairs'
loop, as you propose. My proposal is not 'academic', but well thought