 All Implemented Interfaces:
Splittable<Initializer<IntegerVector>>
,Initializer<IntegerVector>
,IntegerCostOptimizationProblem<IntegerVector>
,Problem<IntegerVector>
The BoundMax class is an implementation of a generalization of the wellknown OneMax problem, often used in benchmarking genetic algorithms and other metaheuristics.
In the OneMax problem, the metaheuristic is searching the space of bitstrings of length n for the bitstring with the most bits equal to a 1. It originated as a test problem for genetic algorithms, where the standard form of a genetic algorithm represents solutions to the problem with a string of bits. The OneMax problem offers a test problem with a known optimal solution, a bitstring of all 1s. For example, if n=8, then the optimal solution is: 11111111.
BoundMax generalizes OneMax to vectors of integers such that each integer is bound in the interval [0,B] for some B ≥ 1. The problem is to find the vector of length n with maximum number of integers equal to B. The optimal solution is thus n copies of B. For example, if n is 8, the optimal solution is [B, B, B, B, B, B, B, B]. The OneMax problem is the special case when B=1.
The value
method simply counts the number
of components equal to B. The problem is to maximize this count. Thus, as
a cost function, the cost
method counts the number
of components not equal to B, where the minimum cost is thus 0.
The BoundMax class extends IntegerVectorInitializer
to ensure that metaheuristics solving an instance have access to a correct means
of generating valid vectors within the search space (correct length and components
in the interval [0,B].
Although technically you can use the BoundMax class, which evaluates IntegerVector objects,
using a bound B=1, to define the OneMax problem, you should instead use the
OneMax
class for the original OneMax problem.
The OneMax
class
evaluates BitVector
objects,
which is a proper implementation
of an indexable vector of bits.

Constructor Summary

Method Summary
Modifier and TypeMethodDescriptionint
cost
(IntegerVector candidate) Computes the cost of a candidate solution to the problem instance.boolean
boolean
isMinCost
(int cost) Checks if a given cost value is equal to the minimum theoretical cost across all possible solutions to the problem instance, where lower cost implies better solution.int
minCost()
A lower bound on the minimum theoretical cost across all possible solutions to the problem instance, where lower cost implies better solution.int
value
(IntegerVector candidate) Computes the value of the candidate solution within the usual constraints and interpretation of the problem.Methods inherited from class org.cicirello.search.operators.integers.IntegerVectorInitializer
createCandidateSolution, hashCode, split
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
Methods inherited from interface org.cicirello.search.problems.IntegerCostOptimizationProblem
costAsDouble, getSolutionCostPair

Constructor Details

BoundMax
public BoundMax(int n, int bound) Constructs an instance of the BoundMax problem. Parameters:
n
 The length of the instance (length of the array under optimization).bound
 The maximum value allowed for each integer. Throws:
IllegalArgumentException
 if bound is negativeNegativeArraySizeException
 if n is negative


Method Details

cost
Description copied from interface:IntegerCostOptimizationProblem
Computes the cost of a candidate solution to the problem instance. The lower the cost, the more optimal the candidate solution. Specified by:
cost
in interfaceIntegerCostOptimizationProblem<IntegerVector>
 Parameters:
candidate
 The candidate solution to evaluate. Returns:
 The cost of the candidate solution. Lower cost means better solution.

value
Description copied from interface:IntegerCostOptimizationProblem
Computes the value of the candidate solution within the usual constraints and interpretation of the problem. Specified by:
value
in interfaceIntegerCostOptimizationProblem<IntegerVector>
 Parameters:
candidate
 The candidate solution to evaluate. Returns:
 The actual optimization value of the candidate solution.

minCost
public int minCost()Description copied from interface:IntegerCostOptimizationProblem
A lower bound on the minimum theoretical cost across all possible solutions to the problem instance, where lower cost implies better solution. The default implementation returns Integer.MIN_VALUE. Specified by:
minCost
in interfaceIntegerCostOptimizationProblem<IntegerVector>
 Returns:
 A lower bound on the minimum theoretical cost of the problem instance.

isMinCost
public boolean isMinCost(int cost) Description copied from interface:IntegerCostOptimizationProblem
Checks if a given cost value is equal to the minimum theoretical cost across all possible solutions to the problem instance, where lower cost implies better solution. Specified by:
isMinCost
in interfaceIntegerCostOptimizationProblem<IntegerVector>
 Parameters:
cost
 The cost to check. Returns:
 true if cost is equal to the minimum theoretical cost,

equals
 Overrides:
equals
in classIntegerVectorInitializer
