# base

Base classes for various operators

##
```
CopyingOperator (Operator)
```

¶

Base class for operators which do not do in-place modifications.

This class does not add any functionality to the Operator class.
Instead, the annotations of the `__call__(...)`

method is
updated so that it makes it clear that a new SolutionBatch is
returned.

One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`

in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `CopyingOperator`

.

From outside, a subclass of `CopyingOperator`

is meant to be called like
a function, as follows:

```
my_new_batch = my_copying_operator_instance(my_batch)
```

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
class CopyingOperator(Operator):
"""
Base class for operators which do not do in-place modifications.
This class does not add any functionality to the Operator class.
Instead, the annotations of the `__call__(...)` method is
updated so that it makes it clear that a new SolutionBatch is
returned.
One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`
in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `CopyingOperator`.
From outside, a subclass of `CopyingOperator` is meant to be called like
a function, as follows:
my_new_batch = my_copying_operator_instance(my_batch)
"""
def __init__(self, problem: Problem):
"""
`__init__(...)`: Initialize the CopyingOperator.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
"""
super().__init__(problem)
def __call__(self, batch: SolutionBatch) -> SolutionBatch:
return self._do(batch)
def _do(self, batch: SolutionBatch) -> SolutionBatch:
"""The actual definition of the operation on the batch.
Expected to be overriden by a subclass.
"""
raise NotImplementedError
```

###
`__init__(self, problem)`

`special`

¶

`__init__(...)`

: Initialize the CopyingOperator.

**Parameters:**

Name | Type | Description | Default |
---|---|---|---|

`problem` |
`Problem` |
The problem object which is being worked on. |
required |

##
```
CrossOver (CopyingOperator)
```

¶

Base class for any CrossOver operator.

One is expected to override the definition of the method
`_do_cross_over(...)`

in an inheriting subclass to define a
custom `CrossOver`

.

From outside, a `CrossOver`

instance is meant to be called like this:

```
child_solution_batch = my_cross_over_instance(population_batch)
```

which causes the `CrossOver`

instance to select parents from the
`population_batch`

, recombine their values according to what is
instructed in `_do_cross_over(...)`

, and return the newly made solutions
in a `SolutionBatch`

.

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
class CrossOver(CopyingOperator):
"""
Base class for any CrossOver operator.
One is expected to override the definition of the method
`_do_cross_over(...)` in an inheriting subclass to define a
custom `CrossOver`.
From outside, a `CrossOver` instance is meant to be called like this:
child_solution_batch = my_cross_over_instance(population_batch)
which causes the `CrossOver` instance to select parents from the
`population_batch`, recombine their values according to what is
instructed in `_do_cross_over(...)`, and return the newly made solutions
in a `SolutionBatch`.
"""
def __init__(
self,
problem: Problem,
*,
tournament_size: int,
obj_index: Optional[int] = None,
num_children: Optional[int] = None,
cross_over_rate: Optional[float] = None,
):
"""
`__init__(...)`: Initialize the CrossOver.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
tournament_size: Size of the tournament which will be used for
doing selection.
obj_index: Index of the objective according to which the selection
will be done.
If `obj_index` is None and the problem is single-objective,
then the selection will be done according to that single
objective.
If `obj_index` is None and the problem is multi-objective,
then the selection will be done according to pareto-dominance
and crowding criteria, as done in NSGA-II.
If `obj_index` is an integer `i`, then the selection will be
done according to the i-th objective only, even when the
problem is multi-objective.
num_children: How many children to generate.
Expected as an even number.
Cannot be used together with `cross_over_rate`.
cross_over_rate: Rate of the cross-over operations in comparison
with the population size.
1.0 means that the number of generated children will be equal
to the original population size.
Cannot be used together with `num_children`.
"""
super().__init__(problem)
self._obj_index = None if obj_index is None else problem.normalize_obj_index(obj_index)
self._tournament_size = int(tournament_size)
if num_children is not None and cross_over_rate is not None:
raise ValueError(
"Received both `num_children` and `cross_over_rate` as values other than None."
" It was expected to receive both of them as None, or one of them as None,"
" but not both of them as values other than None."
)
self._num_children = None if num_children is None else int(num_children)
self._cross_over_rate = None if cross_over_rate is None else float(cross_over_rate)
def _compute_num_tournaments(self, batch: SolutionBatch) -> int:
if self._num_children is None and self._cross_over_rate is None:
# return len(batch) * 2
result = len(batch)
if (result % 2) != 0:
result += 1
return result
elif self._num_children is not None:
if (self._num_children % 2) != 0:
raise ValueError(
f"The initialization argument `num_children` was expected as an even number."
f" However, it was found as an odd number: {self._num_children}"
)
return self._num_children
elif self._cross_over_rate is not None:
f = len(batch) * self._cross_over_rate
result1 = math.ceil(f)
result2 = math.floor(f)
if result1 == result2:
result = result1
if (result % 2) != 0:
result += 1
else:
if (result1 % 2) == 0:
result = result1
else:
result = result2
return result
else:
assert False, "Exection should not have reached this point"
@property
def obj_index(self) -> Optional[int]:
"""The objective index according to which the selection will be done"""
return self._obj_index
@torch.no_grad()
def _do_tournament(self, batch: SolutionBatch) -> tuple:
# Compute the required number of tournaments
num_tournaments = self._compute_num_tournaments(batch)
if self._problem.is_multi_objective and self._obj_index is None:
# If the problem is multi-objective, and an objective index is not specified,
# then we do a multi-objective-specific cross-over
# At first, pareto-sort the solutions
fronts, ranks = batch.arg_pareto_sort()
# In NSGA-II-inspired pareto-sorting, smallest rank means the best front.
# Right now, we want the opposite: we want the solutions in the best front
# to have rank values which are numerically highest.
# The following line re-arranges the rank values such that the solutions
# in the best front have their ranks equal to len(fronts), and the ones
# in the worst front have their ranks equal to 1.
ranks = torch.as_tensor(len(fronts) - ranks, dtype=self._problem.eval_dtype, device=batch.device)
# Because the ranks are computed front the fronts indices, we expect many
# solutions to end up with the same rank values.
# To ensure that a randomized selection will be made when comparing two
# solutions with the same rank, we add random noise to the ranks
# (between 0.0 and 0.1).
ranks += self._problem.make_uniform(len(batch), dtype=self._problem.eval_dtype, device=batch.device) * 0.1
else:
# Rank the solutions. Worst gets -0.5, best gets 0.5
ranks = batch.utility(self._obj_index, ranking_method="centered")
# Get the internal values tensor of the solution batch
indata = batch._data
# Get a tensor of random integers in the shape (num_tournaments, tournament_size)
tournament_indices = self.problem.make_randint(
(num_tournaments, self._tournament_size), n=len(batch), device=indata.device
)
tournament_ranks = ranks[tournament_indices]
# Imagine tournament size is 2, and the solutions are [ worst, bad, best, good ].
# So, what we have is (0.2s are actually 0.166666...):
#
# ranks = [ -0.5, -0.2, 0.5, 0.2 ]
#
# tournament tournament
# indices ranks
#
# 0, 1 -0.5, -0.2
# 2, 3 0.5, 0.2
# 1, 0 -0.2, -0.5
# 3, 2 0.2, 0.5
# 1, 2 -0.2, 0.5
# 0, 3 -0.5, 0.2
# 2, 0 0.5, -0.5
# 3, 1 0.2, -0.2
#
# According to tournament_indices, there are 8 tournaments.
# In tournament 0 (topmost row), parent0 and parent1 compete.
# In tournament 1 (next row), parent2 and parent3 compete; and so on.
# tournament_ranks tells us:
# In tournament 0, left-candidate has rank -0.5, and right-candidate has -0.2.
# In tournament 1, left-candidate has rank 0.5, and right-candidate has 0.2; and so on.
tournament_rows = torch.arange(0, num_tournaments, device=indata.device)
parents = tournament_indices[tournament_rows, torch.argmax(tournament_ranks, dim=-1)]
# Continuing from the [ worst, bad, best, good ] example, we end up with:
#
# T T
# tournament tournament tournament argmax parents
# rows indices ranks dim=-1
#
# 0 0, 1 -0.5, -0.2 1 1
# 1 2, 3 0.5, 0.2 0 2
# 2 1, 0 -0.2, -0.5 0 1
# 3 3, 2 0.2, 0.5 1 2
# 4 1, 2 -0.2, 0.5 1 2
# 5 0, 3 -0.5, 0.2 1 3
# 6 2, 0 0.5, -0.5 0 2
# 7 3, 1 0.2, -0.2 0 3
#
# where tournament_rows represents row indices in tournament_indices tensor (from 0 to 7).
# argmax() tells us who won the competition (0: left-candidate won, 1: right-candidate won).
#
# tournament_rows and argmax() together give us the row and column of the winner in tensor
# tournament_indices, which in turn gives us the index of the winner solution in the batch.
# We split the parents array from the middle
split_point = int(len(parents) / 2)
parents1 = indata[parents][:split_point]
parents2 = indata[parents][split_point:]
# We now have:
#
# parents1 parents2
# =============== ===============
# values of sln 1 values of sln 2 (solution1 is to generate a child with solution2)
# values of sln 2 values of sln 3 (solution2 is to generate a child with solution3)
# values of sln 1 values of sln 2 (solution1 is to generate another child with solution2)
# values of sln 2 values of sln 3 (solution2 is to generate another child with solution3)
#
# With this, the tournament selection phase is over.
return parents1, parents2
def _do_cross_over(
self,
parents1: Union[torch.Tensor, ObjectArray],
parents2: Union[torch.Tensor, ObjectArray],
) -> SolutionBatch:
"""
The actual definition of the cross-over operation.
This is a protected method, meant to be overriden by the inheriting
subclass.
The arguments passed to this function are the decision values of the
first and the second half of the selected parents, both as PyTorch
tensors or as `ObjectArray`s.
In the overriding function, for each integer i, one is expected to
recombine the values of the i-th row of `parents1` with the values of
the i-th row of `parents2` twice (twice because each pairing is
expected to generate two children).
After that, one is expected to generate a SolutionBatch and place
all the recombination results into the values of that new batch.
Args:
parents1: The decision values of the first half of the
selected parents.
parents2: The decision values of the second half of the
selected parents.
Returns:
A new SolutionBatch which contains the recombination
of the parents.
"""
raise NotImplementedError
def _make_children_batch(self, child_values: Union[torch.Tensor, ObjectArray]) -> SolutionBatch:
result = SolutionBatch(self.problem, device=child_values.device, empty=True, popsize=child_values.shape[0])
result._data = child_values
return result
def _do(self, batch: SolutionBatch) -> SolutionBatch:
parents1, parents2 = self._do_tournament(batch)
if len(parents1) != len(parents2):
raise ValueError(
f"_do_tournament() returned parents1 and parents2 with incompatible sizes. "
f"len(parents1): {len(parents1)}; len(parents2): {len(parents2)}."
)
return self._do_cross_over(parents1, parents2)
```

###
`obj_index: Optional[int]`

`property`

`readonly`

¶

The objective index according to which the selection will be done

###
`__init__(self, problem, *, tournament_size, obj_index=None, num_children=None, cross_over_rate=None)`

`special`

¶

`__init__(...)`

: Initialize the CrossOver.

**Parameters:**

Name | Type | Description | Default |
---|---|---|---|

`problem` |
`Problem` |
The problem object which is being worked on. |
required |

`tournament_size` |
`int` |
Size of the tournament which will be used for doing selection. |
required |

`obj_index` |
`Optional[int]` |
Index of the objective according to which the selection
will be done.
If |
`None` |

`num_children` |
`Optional[int]` |
How many children to generate.
Expected as an even number.
Cannot be used together with |
`None` |

`cross_over_rate` |
`Optional[float]` |
Rate of the cross-over operations in comparison
with the population size.
1.0 means that the number of generated children will be equal
to the original population size.
Cannot be used together with |
`None` |

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
def __init__(
self,
problem: Problem,
*,
tournament_size: int,
obj_index: Optional[int] = None,
num_children: Optional[int] = None,
cross_over_rate: Optional[float] = None,
):
"""
`__init__(...)`: Initialize the CrossOver.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
tournament_size: Size of the tournament which will be used for
doing selection.
obj_index: Index of the objective according to which the selection
will be done.
If `obj_index` is None and the problem is single-objective,
then the selection will be done according to that single
objective.
If `obj_index` is None and the problem is multi-objective,
then the selection will be done according to pareto-dominance
and crowding criteria, as done in NSGA-II.
If `obj_index` is an integer `i`, then the selection will be
done according to the i-th objective only, even when the
problem is multi-objective.
num_children: How many children to generate.
Expected as an even number.
Cannot be used together with `cross_over_rate`.
cross_over_rate: Rate of the cross-over operations in comparison
with the population size.
1.0 means that the number of generated children will be equal
to the original population size.
Cannot be used together with `num_children`.
"""
super().__init__(problem)
self._obj_index = None if obj_index is None else problem.normalize_obj_index(obj_index)
self._tournament_size = int(tournament_size)
if num_children is not None and cross_over_rate is not None:
raise ValueError(
"Received both `num_children` and `cross_over_rate` as values other than None."
" It was expected to receive both of them as None, or one of them as None,"
" but not both of them as values other than None."
)
self._num_children = None if num_children is None else int(num_children)
self._cross_over_rate = None if cross_over_rate is None else float(cross_over_rate)
```

##
```
Operator
```

¶

Base class for various operations on SolutionBatch objects.

Some subclasses of Operator may be operating on the batches in-place, while some others may generate new batches, leaving the original batches untouched.

One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`

in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `Operator`

.

From outside, a subclass of Operator is meant to be called like a function. In more details, operators which apply in-place modifications are meant to be called like this:

```
my_operator_instance(my_batch)
```

Operators which return a new batch are meant to be called like this:

```
my_new_batch = my_operator_instance(my_batch)
```

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
class Operator:
"""Base class for various operations on SolutionBatch objects.
Some subclasses of Operator may be operating on the batches in-place,
while some others may generate new batches, leaving the original batches
untouched.
One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`
in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `Operator`.
From outside, a subclass of Operator is meant to be called like
a function. In more details, operators which apply in-place modifications
are meant to be called like this:
my_operator_instance(my_batch)
Operators which return a new batch are meant to be called like this:
my_new_batch = my_operator_instance(my_batch)
"""
def __init__(self, problem: Problem):
"""
`__init__(...)`: Initialize the Operator.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
"""
if not isinstance(problem, Problem):
raise TypeError(f"Expected a Problem object, but received {repr(problem)}")
self._problem = problem
self._lb = clone(self._problem.lower_bounds)
self._ub = clone(self._problem.upper_bounds)
@property
def problem(self) -> Problem:
"""Get the problem to which this cross-over operator is bound"""
return self._problem
@property
def dtype(self) -> DType:
"""Get the dtype of the bound problem.
If the problem does not work with SolutionVectors and
therefore it does not have a dtype, None is returned.
"""
return self.problem.dtype
@torch.no_grad()
def _respect_bounds(self, x: torch.Tensor) -> torch.Tensor:
"""
Make sure that a given PyTorch tensor respects the problem's bounds.
This is a protected method which might be used by the
inheriting subclasses to ensure that the result of their
various operations are clipped properly to respect the
boundaries set by the problem object.
Note that this function might return the tensor itself
is the problem is not bounded.
Args:
x: The PyTorch tensor to be clipped.
Returns:
The clipped tensor.
"""
if self._lb is not None:
self._lb = torch.as_tensor(self._lb, dtype=x.dtype, device=x.device)
x = torch.max(self._lb, x)
if self._ub is not None:
self._ub = torch.as_tensor(self._ub, dtype=x.dtype, device=x.device)
x = torch.min(self._ub, x)
return x
def __call__(self, batch: SolutionBatch):
"""
Apply the operator on the given batch.
"""
if not isinstance(batch, SolutionBatch):
raise TypeError(
f"The operation {self.__class__.__name__} can only work on"
f" SolutionBatch objects, but it received an object of type"
f" {repr(type(batch))}."
)
self._do(batch)
def _do(self, batch: SolutionBatch):
"""
The actual definition of the operation on the batch.
Expected to be overriden by a subclass.
"""
raise NotImplementedError
```

###
`dtype: Union[str, torch.dtype, numpy.dtype, Type]`

`property`

`readonly`

¶

Get the dtype of the bound problem. If the problem does not work with SolutionVectors and therefore it does not have a dtype, None is returned.

###
`problem: Problem`

`property`

`readonly`

¶

Get the problem to which this cross-over operator is bound

###
`__call__(self, batch)`

`special`

¶

Apply the operator on the given batch.

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
def __call__(self, batch: SolutionBatch):
"""
Apply the operator on the given batch.
"""
if not isinstance(batch, SolutionBatch):
raise TypeError(
f"The operation {self.__class__.__name__} can only work on"
f" SolutionBatch objects, but it received an object of type"
f" {repr(type(batch))}."
)
self._do(batch)
```

###
`__init__(self, problem)`

`special`

¶

`__init__(...)`

: Initialize the Operator.

**Parameters:**

Name | Type | Description | Default |
---|---|---|---|

`problem` |
`Problem` |
The problem object which is being worked on. |
required |

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
def __init__(self, problem: Problem):
"""
`__init__(...)`: Initialize the Operator.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
"""
if not isinstance(problem, Problem):
raise TypeError(f"Expected a Problem object, but received {repr(problem)}")
self._problem = problem
self._lb = clone(self._problem.lower_bounds)
self._ub = clone(self._problem.upper_bounds)
```

##
```
SingleObjOperator (Operator)
```

¶

Base class for all the operators which focus on only one objective.

One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`

in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `SingleObjOperator`

.

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
class SingleObjOperator(Operator):
"""
Base class for all the operators which focus on only one objective.
One is expected to override the definition of the method `_do(...)`
in an inheriting subclass to define a custom `SingleObjOperator`.
"""
def __init__(self, problem: Problem, obj_index: Optional[int] = None):
"""
Initialize the SingleObjOperator.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
obj_index: Index of the objective to focus on.
Can be given as None if the problem is single-objective.
"""
super().__init__(problem)
self._obj_index: int = problem.normalize_obj_index(obj_index)
@property
def obj_index(self) -> int:
"""Index of the objective on which this operator is to be applied"""
return self._obj_index
```

###
`obj_index: int`

`property`

`readonly`

¶

Index of the objective on which this operator is to be applied

###
`__init__(self, problem, obj_index=None)`

`special`

¶

Initialize the SingleObjOperator.

**Parameters:**

Name | Type | Description | Default |
---|---|---|---|

`problem` |
`Problem` |
The problem object which is being worked on. |
required |

`obj_index` |
`Optional[int]` |
Index of the objective to focus on. Can be given as None if the problem is single-objective. |
`None` |

## Source code in `evotorch/operators/base.py`

```
def __init__(self, problem: Problem, obj_index: Optional[int] = None):
"""
Initialize the SingleObjOperator.
Args:
problem: The problem object which is being worked on.
obj_index: Index of the objective to focus on.
Can be given as None if the problem is single-objective.
"""
super().__init__(problem)
self._obj_index: int = problem.normalize_obj_index(obj_index)
```