For example: private HashMap<Integer, HashSet> variableName;
I understand that HashMap implements Map and doesn’t allow duplicate keys and HashSet implements Set and doesn’t allow for duplicate values, but what is the purpose of placing a HashSet inside of a HashMap? Do they not achieve similar tasks by themselves (though in different ways and with different performance)? What functionality does doing this provide that a HashMap by itself couldn’t?
You do this when you want to map a key to more than one thing. A Map can only map a key to a single thing, but that single thing can be a Set which holds multiple things.