Subject: Re: Evolution Simulation Software FollowupTo: talk.origins In article 1992Oct16.1

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From: Wesley Elsberry Subject: Re: Evolution Simulation Software Organization: Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland From: elsberry@beta.tricity.wsu.edu (Wesley Elsberry) Message-ID: 1992Oct16.183444.12586@serval.net.wsu.edu Followup-To: talk.origins Newsgroups: talk.origins In article <1992Oct16.161228.13729@cbnewsh.cb.att.com> young@cbnewsh.cb.att.com (young.u.huh) writes: > >In his book, "The Blind Watchmaker", Richard Dawkins talks about >his PC software for simulating evolution. Using its outputs, he >illustrates how large numbers of successive mutations can give >rise to different species. The book contains a form to order the >software from the publisher for $10.95. > >Has anyone tried this or other similar software? >I am wondering, since it has been about 6 years since the >publication of the book, if there are any newer, more powerful >software of this type. If you know of such software and where I >could obtain a copy, please reply or post a followup. > >Thanks in advance for any information. > >Young Huh >yhuh@ihlpe.att.com There are a number of genetic algorithm demonstration programs available, as well as GA tools. Artificial life programs, like Tom Ray's "Tierra", are also widely available. One spot to find artificial neural network, GA, and AL programs is the Central Neural System BBS at 509-627-6267. Tierra, GAucsd, SGA, PSOUP, DEVO, and BUGS, among others, are available on CNS. There is a GA ftp site that you should probably check at ftp.aic.nrl.navy.mil. The following text is a list from an article retrieved from the ftp site mentioned above. ** GAsoft.txt **************************************** Updated version - 08/19/92. Changes from earlier version: * new software releases: GENEsYs, MicroGA (was GA Framework) * additions: BUGS, PC/Beagle, XpertRule GenAsys, EnGENEer, Omega, Genie * now available via ftp: GENOCOP/Genetic-2/Genetic-2N, Evolution Machine * e-mail address change: Robert Elliott Smith * Artificial Life simulators (such as Tierra) are no longer covered .................... Genetic Algorithm Software Survey - Overview ============================================ As part of the workshop on Software Support and Test Functions at the 4th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms (ICGA) I began to solicit and collect information about available GA software packages. Having re- ceived a surprising number of responses, I feel that the following is a fairly comprehensive picture of what's out there at this time. Additions and corrections are of course welcome and may make it into future updates of this file. Many thanks to all the informants, including - but not limited to - the authors/contacts listed below. Special thanks to Jose Ribeiro Filho, Cesare Alippi and Philip Treleaven, whose survey article "Genetic Algo- rithm Programming Environments" (to appear) was an invaluable source of information. The descriptions of PC/Beagle, XpertRule GenAsys, Omega and EnGENEer are adapted from that article with their kind permission. San Diego, 07/09/92 - Nici Schraudolph (nici@cs.ucsd.edu). ### PLEASE NOTE: ########################################################## # # # For many of these software packages, specific ordering instructions # # are given in the descriptions below. Please read and follow them # # before unnecessarily bothering the listed author or contact! Also # # note that I haven't tested any of these programs (with the exception # # the one I administer), so I can't give any comments or recommenda- # # tions regarding their quality. # # # ########################################################################### Legend: ------ Type - (this is a very ad-hoc classification) GE: generational GA, SS: steady-state GA ES: evol. strategy, OO: object-oriented XP: expert system, ED: educational/demo OS - Operating System; X11 implies Unix Lang - Programming Language; in parentheses: source code not included Price - (*): free to government contractors, others pay nominal fee Author or Contact - given as Internet e-mail address if possible Name Type OS Lang Price Author or Contact ------------------------------------------------------------------------- GA GE, DOS (C++) free mrh@camcon.co.uk (Mark Hughes) Workbench ED X11, Splicer GE Mac C (*) bayer@galileo.jsc.nasa.gov (Steve Bayer) Evolution GE, DOS C free born@max.fb10.tu-berlin.de (Joachim Born) Machine ES Think Genie GE Mac Pascal free P_Stampoul@fennel.cc.uwa.au.oz (Lance Chambers) GAGA GE Unix C free jon@cs.ucl.ac.uk (Jon Crowcroft) ESCaPaDE ES Unix C free iwan@gorbi.informatik.uni-dortmund.de (Frank Hoffmeister) GAucsd GE Unix C free nici@cs.ucsd.edu (Nici Schraudolph) Genitor SS Unix C free whitley@cs.colostate.edu (Darrell Whitley) GAC GE Unix C free spears@aic.nrl.navy.mil (Bill Spears) GAL " Lisp " " mGA1.0 GE Lisp free SGA-C " Unix C " rob@comec4.mh.ua.edu (Robert Elliott Smith) SGA-Cube " nCube " " GENOCOP, GE Unix C free zbyszek@unccvax.uncc.edu (Zbigniew Michalewicz) Genetic-2, Genetic-2N WOLF SS Mac, C $20/ drogers@riacs.edu (David Rogers) Unix free BUGS GE, X11, C free jrs@cs.williams.edu (Joshua Smith) ED Suntools OOGA OO Lisp $60/ (Lawrence Davis) GENESIS GE DOS C both gref@aic.nrl.navy.mil (John Grefenstette) GENEsYs GE Unix C free baeck@gorbi.informatik.uni-dortmund.de (Thomas Baeck) _C_o_m_m_e_r_c_i_a_l_ _P_a_c_k_a_g_e_s: EnGENEer OO X11 C ? (George Robbins, Logica Cambridge Ltd.) Evolver GE DOS, (C, $345 (Phil Rybeck, Axcelis Inc.) Mac Pascal) XpertRule GenAsys XP DOS ? (Attar Software) PC/Beagle XP DOS ? (Richard Forsyth, Pathway Research Ltd.) Omega ? DOS ? (David Barrow, KiQ Limited) MicroGA OO Mac C++ $249 sdwilson@aol.com (Steve Wilson) _U_n_d_e_r_ _D_e_v_e_l_o_p_m_e_n_t: GAME OO X11 C++ J.RibeiroFilho@cs.ucl.ac.uk (Jose Ribeiro Filho) XYpe SS Mac (C) $725 (Ed Swartz, Virtual Image Inc.) [Descriptions omitted for brevity] [End]

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