Algorithm::Evolutionary::Op::Base - Base class for OPEAL operators; operators are any object with the "apply"
             method, which does things to individuals or populations.


    my $op = new Algorithm::Evolutionary::Op::Base; #Creates empty op, with rate
    my $xmlStr=<<EOC;
    <op name='Mutation' type='unary' rate='2'>
      <param name='probability' value='0.5' />
    my $ref = XMLin($xmlStr);
    my $op = Algorithm::Evolutionary::Op::Base->fromXML( $ref ); #Takes a hash of parsed XML and turns it into an operator
    print $op->asXML(); #print its back in XML shape
    print $op->rate();  #application rate; relative number of times it must be applied
    print "Yes" if $op->check( 'BinaryIndi' ); #Prints Yes, it can be applied to BinaryIndi
    print $op->arity(); #Prints 1, number of operands it can be applied to


Base class for operators applied to Individuals and Populations and all the rest



Automatically define accesors for instance variables


Takes a hash with specific parameters for each subclass, creates the object, and leaves subclass-specific assignments to subclasses


Takes a definition in the shape <op></op> and turns it into an object, if it knows how to do it. The definition must have been processed using XML::Simple.

It parses the common part of the operator, and leaves specific parameters for the subclass via the ``set'' method.


Prints as XML, following the EvoSpec 0.2 XML specification. Should be called from derived classes, not by itself. Provides a default implementation of XML serialization, with a void tag that includes the name of the operator and the rate (all operators have a default rate). For instance, a foo operator would be serialized as <op name='foo' rate='1' E<gt> .

If there is not anything special, this takes also care of the instance variables different from rate: they are inserted as param within the XML file. In this case, params are void tags; if you want anything more fancy, you will have to override this method.


Gets or sets the rate of application of the operator


Check if the object the operator is applied to has the correct type


Returns the arity, ie, the number of individuals it can be applied to


Converts the parameters passed as hash in instance variables. Default method, probably should be overriden by derived classes. If it is not, it sets the instance variables by prepending a _ to the keys of the hash. That is, $op->set( { foo => 3, bar => } ); will set $op-{_foo}> and $op-{_bar}> to the corresponding values

Known subclasses

See Also

The introduction to the XML format used here, Algorithm::Evolutionary::XML.pod


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