Darwin README file

This document is the starting point for information regarding the Darwin Java framework for evolutionary computation. For the most up-to-date description of the project, see the package description for com.rubecula.darwin.startup.  This should be available here (on the net) or here (local if you have downloaded the package).

For general documentation on the Darwin project, you should visit http://darwin.sourceforge.net/doc.

The Darwin project provides a working set of classes intended as a framework for developing evolutionary computation applications, such as genetic algorithms or genetic programming.  The classes model (at a high level) the mechanisms found in nature, although not every detail is retained of course.

You should use Maven to build Darwin 2 and resolve all of the necessary dependencies. The main class for running applications is com.rubecula.startup.Darwin. See the API for more details. You can run your own application by providing the name of your configuration file as an argument. The best way to create a configuration file is to copy from existing configuration files. More details on this will be forthcoming.

There is a trivial out-of-the-box application and two working examples:

If you are not using Maven, then here is the current list of dependencies (this however is likely to get out of date):

Last Updated: 2010-01-20