Class GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Type Parameters:
T
 The type of object under optimization.
 All Implemented Interfaces:
Splittable<TrackableSearch<T>>
,Metaheuristic<T>
,ReoptimizableMetaheuristic<T>
,TrackableSearch<T>
 Direct Known Subclasses:
GeneticAlgorithm
The crossover, mutation, and selection operators are completely configurable by passing
instances of classes that implement the CrossoverOperator
, MutationOperator
, and
SelectionOperator
classes to one of the constructors. The EA implemented by this class
can also be configured to use elitism, if desired, such that a specified number of the best
solutions in the population survive the generation unaltered.
The library also includes a class for mutationonly generational EAs (see GenerationalMutationOnlyEvolutionaryAlgorithm
). It also includes a variation of the generation
structure in the class GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithmMutuallyExclusiveOperators
, where
crossover and mutation are treated as mutually exclusive operators such that a child in a
generation may be the result of crossover, or mutation, or an identical copy, but never the
result of both crossover and mutation.

Constructor Summary
ConstructorDescriptionGenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm.GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. 
Method Summary
Modifier and TypeMethodDescriptionGets a reference to the problem that this search is solving.final ProgressTracker<T>
Gets theProgressTracker
object that is in use for tracking search progress.long
Gets the total run length in number of fitness evaluations.final SolutionCostPair<T>
optimize
(int numGenerations) Runs the evolutionary algorithm beginning from a randomly generated population.final SolutionCostPair<T>
reoptimize
(int numGenerations) Runs the evolutionary algorithm continuing from the final population from the most recent call to eitherMetaheuristic.optimize(int)
orReoptimizableMetaheuristic.reoptimize(int)
, or from a random population if this is the first call to either method.final void
setProgressTracker
(ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Sets theProgressTracker
object that is in use for tracking search progress.split()
Generates a functionally identical copy of this object, for use in multithreaded implementations of search algorithms.

Constructor Details

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type double, theFitnessFunction.Double
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.eliteCount
 The number of elite population members. Pass 0 for no elitism. eliteCount must be less than n.tracker
 A ProgressTracker. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.IllegalArgumentException
 if eliteCount is greater than or equal to n.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, selection, or tracker are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type int, theFitnessFunction.Integer
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.eliteCount
 The number of elite population members. Pass 0 for no elitism. eliteCount must be less than n.tracker
 A ProgressTracker. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.IllegalArgumentException
 if eliteCount is greater than or equal to n.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, selection, or tracker are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type double, theFitnessFunction.Double
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.tracker
 A ProgressTracker. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, selection, or tracker are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, ProgressTracker<T> tracker) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type int, theFitnessFunction.Integer
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.tracker
 A ProgressTracker. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, selection, or tracker are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type double, theFitnessFunction.Double
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.eliteCount
 The number of elite population members. Pass 0 for no elitism. eliteCount must be less than n. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.IllegalArgumentException
 if eliteCount is greater than or equal to n.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, or selection are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection, int eliteCount) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type int, theFitnessFunction.Integer
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator.eliteCount
 The number of elite population members. Pass 0 for no elitism. eliteCount must be less than n. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.IllegalArgumentException
 if eliteCount is greater than or equal to n.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, or selection are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Double<T> f, SelectionOperator selection) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type double, theFitnessFunction.Double
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, or selection are null.

GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm
public GenerationalEvolutionaryAlgorithm(int n, MutationOperator<T> mutation, double mutationRate, CrossoverOperator<T> crossover, double crossoverRate, Initializer<T> initializer, FitnessFunction.Integer<T> f, SelectionOperator selection) Constructs and initializes the evolutionary algorithm. This constructor supports fitness functions with fitnesses of type int, theFitnessFunction.Integer
interface. Parameters:
n
 The population size.mutation
 The mutation operator.mutationRate
 The probability that a member of the population is mutated once during a generation. Note that this is not a perbit rate since this class is generalized to evolution of anyCopyable
object type. ForBitVector
optimization and traditional genetic algorithm interpretation of mutation rate, configure your mutation operator with the perbit mutation rate, and then pass 1.0 for this parameter.crossover
 The crossover operator.crossoverRate
 The probability that a pair of parents undergo crossover.initializer
 An initializer for generating random initial population members.f
 The fitness function.selection
 The selection operator. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if n is less than 1.IllegalArgumentException
 if either mutationRate or crossoverRate are less than 0.NullPointerException
 if any of mutation, crossover, initializer, f, or selection are null.


Method Details

split
Description copied from interface:Splittable
Generates a functionally identical copy of this object, for use in multithreaded implementations of search algorithms. The state of the object that is returned may or may not be identical to that of the original. Thus, this is a distinct concept from the functionality of theCopyable
interface. Classes that implement this interface must ensure that the object returned performs the same functionality, and that it does not share any state data that would be either unsafe or inefficient for concurrent access by multiple threads. The split method is allowed to simply return the this reference, provided that it is both safe and efficient for multiple threads to share a single copy of the Splittable object. The intention is to provide a multithreaded search with the capability to provide spawned threads with their own distinct search operators. Such multithreaded algorithms can call the split method for each thread it spawns to generate a functionally identical copy of the operator, but with independent state. Specified by:
split
in interfaceMetaheuristic<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Specified by:
split
in interfaceReoptimizableMetaheuristic<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Specified by:
split
in interfaceSplittable<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Returns:
 A functionally identical copy of the object, or a reference to this if it is both safe and efficient for multiple threads to share a single instance of this Splittable object.

optimize
Runs the evolutionary algorithm beginning from a randomly generated population. If this method is called multiple times, each call begins at a new randomly generated population. Specified by:
optimize
in interfaceMetaheuristic<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Parameters:
numGenerations
 The number of generations to run. Returns:
 The best solution found during this set of generations, which may or may not be the
same as the solution contained in the
ProgressTracker
, which contains the best across all calls to optimize as well asReoptimizableMetaheuristic.reoptimize(int)
. Returns null if the run did not execute, such as if the ProgressTracker already contains the theoretical best solution.

reoptimize
Runs the evolutionary algorithm continuing from the final population from the most recent call to eitherMetaheuristic.optimize(int)
orReoptimizableMetaheuristic.reoptimize(int)
, or from a random population if this is the first call to either method. Specified by:
reoptimize
in interfaceReoptimizableMetaheuristic<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Parameters:
numGenerations
 The number of generations to run. Returns:
 The best solution found during this set of generations, which may or may not be the
same as the solution contained in the
ProgressTracker
, which contains the best across all calls to optimize as well asMetaheuristic.optimize(int)
. Returns null if the run did not execute, such as if the ProgressTracker already contains the theoretical best solution.

getProgressTracker
Description copied from interface:TrackableSearch
Gets theProgressTracker
object that is in use for tracking search progress. The object returned by this method contains the best solution found during the search (including across multiple concurrent runs if the search is multithreaded, or across multiple restarts if the run methods were called multiple times), as well as cost of that solution, among other information. See theProgressTracker
documentation for more information about the search data tracked by this object. Specified by:
getProgressTracker
in interfaceTrackableSearch<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Returns:
 the
ProgressTracker
in use by this metaheuristic.

setProgressTracker
Description copied from interface:TrackableSearch
Sets theProgressTracker
object that is in use for tracking search progress. Any previously set ProgressTracker is replaced by this one. Specified by:
setProgressTracker
in interfaceTrackableSearch<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Parameters:
tracker
 The new ProgressTracker to set. The tracker must not be null. This method does nothing if tracker is null.

getProblem
Description copied from interface:TrackableSearch
Gets a reference to the problem that this search is solving. Specified by:
getProblem
in interfaceTrackableSearch<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Returns:
 a reference to the problem.

getTotalRunLength
public long getTotalRunLength()Gets the total run length in number of fitness evaluations. This is the total run length across all calls toMetaheuristic.optimize(int)
andReoptimizableMetaheuristic.reoptimize(int)
. This may differ from what may be expected based on run lengths. For example, the search terminates if it finds the theoretical best solution, and also immediately returns if a prior call found the theoretical best. In such cases, the total run length may be less than the requested run length. Specified by:
getTotalRunLength
in interfaceTrackableSearch<T extends Copyable<T>>
 Returns:
 The total number of generations completed across all calls to
Metaheuristic.optimize(int)
andReoptimizableMetaheuristic.reoptimize(int)
.
