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Manual Reference Pages  -  ALGORITHM::EVOLUTIONARY::UTILS (3)

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Algorithm::Evolutionary::Utils - Container module with a hodgepodge of functions



  use Algorithm::Evolutionary::Utils qw(entropy genotypic_entropy hamming consensus average random_bitstring random_number_array decode_string vector_compare );

  my $this_entropy = entropy( $population );

  #Computes consensus sequence (for binary chromosomes
  my $this_consensus = consensus( $population);


Miscellaneous class that contains functions that might be useful
somewhere else, especially when computing EA statistics.


entropy( CW$population)

Computes the entropy using the well known Shannon’s formula: <> ’to avoid botching highlighting

genotypic_entropy( CW$population)

Computes the entropy using the well known Shannon’s formula: <> ’to avoid botching highlighting; in this case we use chromosome frequencies instead of fitness.

hamming( CW$string_a, CW$string_b )

Computes the number of positions that are different among two strings, the well known Hamming distance.

consensus( CW$population, CW$rough = 0 )

Consensus sequence representing the majoritary value for each bit; returns the consensus binary string. If rough, then the bit is set only if the difference is bigger than 0.4 (60/40 proportion).

average( CW$population )

Computes an average of population fitness

random_bitstring( CW$bits )

Returns a random bitstring with the stated number of bits. Useful for testing,mainly

random_number_array( CW$dimensions [, CW$min = -1] [, CW$range = 2] )

Returns a random number array with the stated length. Useful for testing, mainly.

parse_xml( CW$string )

Parses the string and returns an XML tree

decode_string( CW$chromosome, CW$gene_size, CW$min, CW$range )

Decodes to a vector, each one of whose components ranges between $min and $max. Returns that vector.

It does not work for $gene_size too big. Certainly not for 64, maybe for 32.

vector_compare( CW$vector_1, CW$vector_2 )

Compares vectors, returns 1 if 1 dominates 2, -1 if it’s the other way round, and 0 if neither dominates the other. Both vectors are supposed to be numeric. Returns undef if neither is bigger, and they are not equal. Fails if the length is not the same.


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