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Comment tell us what is different about it (Score 1) 195

"Schneider and colleagues' algorithm allows for occasional reverse steps that can unlock better solutions" ... "The algorithm uses backward moves often at the start of a packing process but they become less frequent as it closes in on the final solution"

That could describe just about every packing algorithm ever tried, ever. Can't we get a well-written article that actually says why it's different?

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