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Thursday Code Puzzler: Playlist Shuffle Algorithm

Thursday is code puzzler day here at DZone. The idea is simple: solve the coding problem as efficiently as you can, in any language or framework that you find suitable.

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A Reliable Playlist Shuffle Algorithm

One thing I hate is when an implementation of shuffle on a media player results in a song repeating sooner than I would like, or earlier than it should. The challenge today is to write a method that takes a list of Song objects (with title, album and artist fields) and ensures that the space between a song repeating is as much as possible without having the same pattern used if the shuffle goes into a second (or third) run. 

Catch up on all our previous puzzlers here.

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