Scripting and framework integration in heuristic optimization environments

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Abstract

Rapid prototyping and testing of new ideas has been a major argument for evolutionary computation frameworks. These frameworks facilitate the application of evolutionary computation and allow experimenting with new and modified algorithms and problems by building on existing, well tested code. However, one could argue, that despite the many frameworks of the metaheuristics community, software packages such as MATLAB, GNU Octave, Scilab, or RStudio are quite popular. These software packages however are associated more closely with numerical analysis rather than evolutionary computation. In contrast to typical evolutionary computation frameworks which provide standard implementations of algorithms and problems, these popular frameworks provide a direct programming environment for the user and several helpful functions and mathematical operations. The user does not need to use traditional development tools such as a compiler or linker, but can implement, execute, and visualize his ideas directly within the environment. HeuristicLab has become a popular environment for heuristic optimization over the years, but has not been recognized as a programming environment so far. In this article we will describe new scripting capabilities created in HeuristicLab and give information on technical details of the implementation. Additionally, we show how the programming interface can be used to integrate further metaheuristic optimization frameworks in HeuristicLab.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGECCO 2014 - Companion Publication of the 2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1109-1116
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450328814
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2014 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 12 Jul 201416 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameGECCO 2014 - Companion Publication of the 2014 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

Conference

Conference16th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2014
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period12.07.201416.07.2014

Keywords

  • Evolutionary computation frameworks
  • HeuristicLab
  • Metaheuristic optimization frameworks
  • Scripting

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