Module org.cicirello.chips_n_salsa
Package org.cicirello.search.operators
Class WeightedHybridMutation<T>
java.lang.Object
org.cicirello.search.operators.WeightedHybridMutation<T>
 Type Parameters:
T
 The type of object used to represent candidate solutions to the problem.
 All Implemented Interfaces:
Splittable<MutationOperator<T>>
,MutationOperator<T>
A WeightedHybridMutation enables using multiple mutation operators for the search, such that each
time the
mutate(T)
method is called, a randomly chosen mutation operator is applied to the
candidate solution. The random choice of mutation operator is weighted proportionately based on
an array of weights passed upon construction.
Consider the following weights: w = [ 1, 2, 3]. In this example, the first mutation operator will be used with probability 0.167, the second mutation operator will be used with probability 2/6 = 0.333, and the third mutation operator will be used with probability 3/6 = 0.5.

Constructor Summary
ConstructorDescriptionWeightedHybridMutation
(Collection<? extends MutationOperator<T>> mutationOps, int[] weights) Constructs a WeightedHybridMutation from a Collection of MutationOperators. 
Method Summary
Modifier and TypeMethodDescriptionvoid
Mutates a candidate solution to a problem, by randomly modifying its state.split()
Generates a functionally identical copy of this object, for use in multithreaded implementations of search algorithms.

Constructor Details

WeightedHybridMutation
Constructs a WeightedHybridMutation from a Collection of MutationOperators. Parameters:
mutationOps
 A Collection of MutationOperators.weights
 The array of weights, whose length must be equal to mutationOps.size(). Every element of weights must be greater than 0. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if mutationOps doesn't contain any MutationOperators.IllegalArgumentException
 if mutationOps.size() is not equal to weights.length.IllegalArgumentException
 if any weights are nonpositive.


Method Details

mutate
Description copied from interface:MutationOperator
Mutates a candidate solution to a problem, by randomly modifying its state. The mutant that is produced is in the local neighborhood of the original candidate solution. Specified by:
mutate
in interfaceMutationOperator<T>
 Parameters:
c
 The candidate solution subject to the mutation. This method changes the state of c.

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 interfaceSplittable<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.
