# Charlie 0.5.0 Released - A genetic algorithms library

Hi all,

I’m pleased to announce the first public release of charlie, a genetic
algorithms library for Ruby.

## FEATURES:

• Quickly develop GAs by combining several parts (genotype, selection,
crossover, mutation) provided by the library.
• Sensible defaults are provided with any genotype, so often you only
need to define a fitness function.
• Easily replace any of the parts by your own code.
• Test different strategies in GA, and generate reports comparing them.

## EXAMPLE: (also at Parked at Loopia with better

formatting)
This example finds the binary representation of the number 512.

require ‘rubygems’
require ‘charlie’
class Find512 < BitStringGenotype(10) # choose a genotype, in this
case a list of 10 bits represents a solution

# Define a fitness function. This one returns minus the offset to

the best solution, so a higher number is better.

# Usually, you won’t know the best solution, and will define this

as some value that needs to be maximized.
def fitness
# Use the ‘genes’ function to retrieve the array of bits
representing this solution.
-(genes.map(&:to_s).join.to_i(2) - 512).abs
end
end

# Finally, create an instance of a population (with the default size

of 20) and let it run for the default number of 100 generations.
Population.new(Find512).evolve_on_console

## RUBYQUIZ #142 SOLUTION:

I know, it’s a bit late.

require ‘rubygems’
require ‘charlie’
N=5
CITIES = (0…N).map{|i| (0…N).map{|j| [i,j] } }.inject{|a,b|a+b}
class TSP < PermutationGenotype(CITIES.size)
def fitness
d=0
(genes + [genes[0]]).each_cons(2){|a,b|
a,b=CITIES[a],CITIES[b]
d += Math.sqrt( (a[0]-b[0])**2 + (a[1]-b[1])**2 )
}
-d # lower distance → higher fitness.
end
end
pop = Population.new(TSP,20).evolve_on_console(50)

Several other simple examples are included in the gem/tarball.

## INSTALLATION:

• sudo gem install charlie

Excellent, I’ve been wanting such a library for a while now. Cheers!

On Dec 19, 2007 11:22 PM, Sander L. [email protected] wrote:

• Easily replace any of the parts by your own code.
the best solution, so a higher number is better.
Population.new(Find512).evolve_on_console
d=0

## INSTALLATION:

• sudo gem install charlie