Interface Metaheuristic<T extends Copyable<T>>

    • Method Detail

      • optimize

        SolutionCostPair<T> optimize​(int runLength)

        Executes a run of the metaheuristic beginning at a randomly generated solution. If this method is called multiple times, each call begins at a new randomly generated starting solution, and reinitializes any control parameters of the metaheuristic that may have changed during the previous call to optimize to start of run state.

        Implementing classes should provide more specific documentation of this method to define in particular what run length means in the context of the given metaheuristic. It is also recommended that implementing classes rename the parameter to be a more meaningful name within the context of that metaheuristic.

        Parameters:
        runLength - The length of a run of this metaheuristic.
        Returns:
        The current solution at the end of this run and its cost, which may or may not be the best of run solution, and which may or may not be the same as the solution contained in this metaheuristic's ProgressTracker, which contains the best of all runs. Returns null if the run did not execute, such as if the ProgressTracker already contains the theoretical best solution.
      • split

        Metaheuristic<T> 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 the Copyable 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 interface Splittable<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.