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Subject: Re: [PATCH] playlist and id3 fixes
From: Hardeep Sidhu (
Date: 2002-07-22

I apologize for my brief description.

The web page posted by Jeff gives a good explanation as to why the new
algorithm is "better" then the previous. It's minor and probably won't make
much of a difference but I figured it wouldn't hurt to correct it (it's one
of those little things that would annoy me if I didn't -- pretty sad eh?
:) )


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Waltzer" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 7:56 AM
Subject: RE: [PATCH] playlist and id3 fixes

    Did a little research with Google and found this link:,,12065_616221_2,00.html

It recommends using (quoting from article)
> for (i is 1 to 3)
> Swap i with random position between i and 3

Instead of
> for (i is 1 to n)
> Swap i with random position between 1 and n

(The change is the range starts with 'i' not '1')

   But then when all is said and done it probably doesn't make that much
of a difference.

--- "Nielsen Linus (ext)" <> wrote:
> > playlist:
> > - The shuffle algorithm wasn't quite correct
> What was wrong about it?
> The current version runs through the list, swapping the song at the
> 'count'
> position with a random candidate from the entire list of files.
> Your version takes a random candidate from the list of remaining files.
> Why
> is that better?
> /Linus

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