Is there a difference between PRF and a hash function?
For example: Creation of a secret key is using PRF and creating a secret key is using hash function.
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No, the two primitives are definitely not the same.
A pseudorandom function is a keyed function that is (computationally) indistinguishable from a function chosen at random from all functions with matching domain and range as long as the key remains secret.
On the other hand, a cryptographic hash function is a function with either a publicly known key (in theory) or no key at all (in practice) that is compressing and collision resistant. That means, it maps long inputs to outputs of a fixed length and it is hard to find two inputs that map to the same output.