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Re: Unusual idea..

On Fri, 2003-08-08 at 11:22, Craig Tinson wrote:
> Guys...
> I've had an idea for a "play project" I can work on at home in my spare
> time.. but before I start on it I need a few ideas..
> Can anyone come up with a theory on how to "convert an mp3 into a
> number"? I know that sounds weird so I'll explain what I mean...
> Imagine converting an mp3 into a wav and loading it into a wav editor..
> you will see a waveform.. there must be a mathematical way of converting
> that waveform into a unique number that will represent that waveform..
> the number would be huge to hold all the information for the waveform...
> When I say "number" I don't mean as in integer, long etc.. I mean as in
> a huge set of individual integers..
> Hope that all makes sense.. anyone any ideas on how this could be done?
> Cheers
> Craig

You can never convert it into a single unique number. That can be proved
to be impossible. You can convert it into a different set of numbers if
you fill like it.
Look into the theory of wavelets or fourier transforms if you really
fill like it.

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