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How would you solve this question about Hash Codes?

How would you solve this question about Hash Codes? Provide the expected numerical answer along with your explanation. A hash code of a given message is a code that is created out of the message in accordance with a certain set of rules, or in accordance with a certain algorithm. Often serving as a message signature. For example, in a ten alpha-numeric character message system, the hash code may be decided to be five characters, and created out of the odd numbered characters. That is, if the message is: GOODNIGHT8, the respective hash code will be GONGT, as shown below: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 G O O D N I G H T 8 Ten character message G O N G T Five character hash code How many wrong messages can produce the hash code of the correct message?

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