Genetic Algorithm Hello World! (Common Lisp Edition)
This is a simple project intended to showcase genetic algorithms with a well known example for all new developers; namely the classic "Hello, World!" example, written in Common Lisp.
The application simply "evolves" the string "Hello, world!" from a population of random strings. It is intended to be a gentle introduction into the world of genetic algorithms, specifically using Common Lisp. The program itself is really simple, and is contained within a single file.
The source is a pretty direct translation of the Python version using Common Lisp idiom, barring some parts that weren't understood. It has not been optimized for speed.
You'll notice some repetition of TARGET and "Hello, World!", this is my personal preference for (and verbose combination of) default values and being explicit when calling functions. It also helps for testing on the REPL.
The project is completely self contained. To execute the application, run
the following command from a shell (assuming
is on your system path):
- CCL: my old 1.4 version fails, don't know why
clisp -i ga-hello-world.lisp -x "(progn (main) (quit))"
ecl -l ga-hello-world.lisp -eval "(progn (main) (quit))"
sbcl --load ga-hello-world.lisp --eval "(progn (main) (quit))"
The more 'Lispy' way would be just starting you CL implementation and
(load "ga-hello-world.lisp") and then calling the MAIN
To run the tests you need the
lisp-unit package. To run them from
the commandline issue:
clisp -i ga-hello-world-tests.lisp
ecl -l ga-hello-world-tests.lisp
sbcl --load ga-hello-world-tests.lisp
Copyright and License
The MIT License
Copyright © 2011 John Svazic, Erik Winkels
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