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WHAT IS JGAP?
JGAP (pronounced "jay-gap") is a Genetic Algorithms
and Genetic Programming component provided as a Java framework. It provides basic genetic mechanisms that can be
easily used to apply evolutionary principles to problem solutions. See the examples for a demonstration
or watch out the graphical
tree that can be created with JGAP for found solutions of genetically
Documentation, quality and stability of code are the top concerns when developing JGAP. You find really a lot of unit tests packaged with JGAP (> 1400), extensive Javadocs, and quite a lot of examples. Compare JGAP with other projects! Feedback is always welcome.
WHAT ARE GENETIC ALGORITHMS AND GENETIC PROGRAMS?
Genetic algorithms (GAs) are evolutionary algorithms that use the principle of natural selection to evolve a set of solutions toward an optimum solution. GAs are not only quite powerful, but are also very easy to use as most of the work can be encapsulated into a single component, requiring users only to define a fitness function that is used to determine how "good" a particular solution is relative to other solutions. Genetic Programs (GP) enhance GAs. They allow to breed dynamic programs instead of static chromosomes. Simply run an example such as examples.gp.Fibonacci, examples.gp.anttrail.AntTrailProblem, examples.gp.monalisa.gui.GeneticDrawingApp or see the GP documentation to get behind the scenes. A complex example evolves a Robocode, that is a platform for simulating competing robots. JGAP writes complete full-blown Java code just by evolution!
WHERE DO I GET THE LATEST VERSION?
The latest release of JGAP is version 3.6.2, result of many years of personal investment and dedication to Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming. A big thank you to all contributors, may it be developers or users giving feedback! In the CVS you very often find updated and enhanced code before a new release is published. Be aware that JGAP is a very alive project from which you can expect a lot of releases to come.
Please see the Downloads section for more information on each of the releases, including the current version, as well as any release notes that accompany each version.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS AVAILABLE?
The following introductory documents are available to help you get started with JGAP:
In addition, Javadocs are available online for the following versions of JGAP:
Or: retrieve one PDF file for printout or to browse on a notebook (thanx to Denis). Date of file creation: 2007-12-10.
If you need require individual information about extended or complicated questions, please think about donating something (see top of page on the left). You will get first class personal service via email.
WHERE CAN I FIND HELP?
If you run into any issues or bugs, or just have a question, please try posting a message to the moderated jgap-users mailing list at email@example.com (please notice that moderator approval is necessary). Or you can drop us a note on the JGAP developers mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org which is also moderated.
WHAT MAILING LISTS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are three public mailing lists that pertain to JGAP:
If you would like to subscribe to any of these lists, or browse the archives, please visit the JGAPmailing list manager.
For searching posts in lists, maybe the external Nabble forum is sufficient (this forum is not under control of the JGAP team).
UNDER WHAT LICENSE IS JGAP DISTRIBUTED?
JGAP is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of theGNU Lesser Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. Instead, you could choose to use the Mozilla Public License to use JGAP in commercial applications without the need of publishing your source code or make it reverse engineerable (as is required with the GNU License). For using the MPL you have to donate at least 50 Euros to JGAP. Maybe you would like to browser further information about using JGAP commercially.
JGAP is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the above mentioned GNU Lesser Public License and the Mozilla Public License for more details. But we offer really a lot of unit tests which help assure a very high probability for a correct piece of software!
WE NEED FEEDBACK!
Thank you for your interest in JGAP. We are very interested in any feedback you might have, including details of how you're using JGAP, what you like about it, and what you think needs improvement. You can leave this feedback on the user's mailing list at jgap-users <at> lists.sourceforge.net or, if you prefer to keep these details private, you can email the JGAP project administrator at jgap <at> doktor-meffert.de. The more feedback we get, the more we can improve JGAP to better meet the needs of our users. Thanks for your support!
ACCESSING THE NEWEST CODE VIA CVS REPOSITORY
If you're interested in the latest, bleeding-edge JGAP code, it can be found in the CVS repository hosted on Sourceforge. It goes without saying that this code is not considered to be stable and may be buggier than usual. If you're really unlucky, it may not even compile. However, it may also be the case that some particular feature or bug-fix that you require has not yet been included in a public release and therefore only exists in the CVS repository. Or, maybe you just want to follow our progress ;-)
The following options are available for accessing the code in the CVS repository:
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