SimpleEA-0.1.1: Simple evolutionary algorithm framework.





A framework for simple evolutionary algorithms. Provided with a function for evaluating a genome's fitness, a function for probabilistic selection among a pool of genomes, and recombination and mutation operators, runEA will run an EA that lazily produces an infinite list of generations.

AI.SimpleEA.Utils contains utilitify functions that makes it easier to write the genetic operators.



runEA :: [Genome a] -> FitnessFunc a -> SelectionFunction a -> RecombinationOp a -> MutationOp a -> StdGen -> [[(Genome a, Fitness)]]Source

Runs the evolutionary algorithm with the given start population. This will produce an infinite list of generations and take or takeWhile should be used to decide how many generations should be computed. To run a specific number of generations, use take:

 let generations = take 50 $ runEA myFF mySF myROp myMOp myStdGen

To run until a criterion is met, e.g. that an individual with a fitness of at least 19 is found, takeWhile can be used:

 let criterion   = any id . map (\i -> snd i >= 19.0)
 let generations = takeWhile (not . criterion) $ runEA myFF mySF myROp myMOp myStdGen

type FitnessFunc a = Genome a -> [Genome a] -> FitnessSource

A fitness functions assigns a fitness score to a genome. The rest of the individuals of that generation is also provided in case the fitness is in proportion to its neighbours.

type SelectionFunction a = [(Genome a, Fitness)] -> Rand StdGen [Genome a]Source

A selection function is responsible for selection. It takes pairs of genomes and their fitness and is responsible for returning one or more individuals.

type RecombinationOp a = (Genome a, Genome a) -> Rand StdGen (Genome a, Genome a)Source

A recombination operator takes two parent genomes and returns two children.

type MutationOp a = Genome a -> Rand StdGen (Genome a)Source

A mutation operator takes a genome and returns an altered copy of it.

type Genome a = [a]Source

Example Program

The aim of this OneMax EA is to maximize the number of 1's in a bitstring. The fitness of a bitstring i simply s defined to be the number of 1's it contains.

import AI.SimpleEA
import AI.SimpleEA.Utils

import Control.Monad.Random
import Data.List
import System.Environment (getArgs)
import Control.Monad (unless)

The numOnes function will function as our FitnessFunc and simply returns the number of 1's in the string.

numOnes :: FitnessFunc Char
numOnes g _ = (fromIntegral . length . filter (=='1')) g

The select function is our SelectionFunction. It uses sigma-scaled, fitness-proportionate selection. sigmaScale is defined in SimpleEA.Utils. By first taking the four best genomes (by using the elite function) we get elitism, making sure that maximum fitness never decreases.

select :: SelectionFunction Char
select gs = select' (take 4 $ elite gs)
    where scaled = zip (map fst gs) (sigmaScale (map snd gs))
          select' gs' =
              if length gs' >= length gs
                 then return gs'
                 else do
                     p1 <- fitPropSelect scaled
                     p2 <- fitPropSelect scaled
                     let newPop = p1:p2:gs'
                     select' newPop

Crossover consists of finding a crossover point along the length of the genomes and swapping what comes after between the two genomes. The parameter p determines the likelihood of crossover taking place.

crossOver :: Double -> RecombinationOp Char
crossOver p (g1,g2) = do
    t <- getRandomR (0.0, 1.0)
    if t < p
       then do
           r <- getRandomR (0, length g1-1)
           return (take r g1 ++ drop r g2, take r g2 ++ drop r g1)
       else return (g1,g2)

Mutation flips a random bit along the length of the genome with probability p.

mutate :: Double -> MutationOp Char
mutate p g = do
    t <- getRandomR (0.0, 1.0)
    if t < p
       then do
           r <- getRandomR (0, length g-1)
           return (take r g ++ flipBit (g !! r) : drop (r+1) g)
       else return g
              flipBit '0' = '1'
              flipBit '1' = '0'

The main function creates a list of 100 random genomes (bit-strings) of length 20 and then runs the EA for 100 generations (101 generations including the random starting population). Average and maximum fitness values and standard deviation is then calculated for each generation and written to a file if a file name was provided as a parameter. This data can then be plotted with, e.g. gnuplot (

main = do
    args <- getArgs
    g <- newStdGen
    let (g1,g2) = split g
    let p = take 100 $ randomGenomes 20 '0' '1' g1
    let gs = take 101 $ runEA p numOnes select (crossOver 0.75) (mutate 0.01) g2
    let fs = avgFitnesses gs
    let ms = maxFitnesses gs
    let ds = stdDeviations gs
    mapM_ print $ zip5 gs [1..] fs ms ds
    unless (null args) $ writeFile (head args) $ getPlottingData gs