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General Usage

In EvoTorch, code typically consists of 3 modular components:

  • The searcher, a SearchAlgorithm instance which will iteratively generate populations of candidate solutions, evaluate those populations using the fitness function, and then update its own internal variables to attempt to produce higher-quality solutions in the subsequent iterations.
  • The problem, a Problem instance which will receive populations from the searcher and update the populations' individual solutions with computed fitness values. The Problem class supports various approaches to vectorisation and/or parallelisation using ray actor pools, meaning that the problem can be implemented in a highly efficient manner with little effort.
  • Any number of loggers, each an instance of Logger, which observe the status of the searcher and process that status in various useful ways, such as printing the searcher status to the standard output or storing statistics about the evolutionary run in a remote logging system such as Sacred or MLFlow.

The relationship between these three components is outlined below:


The general usage of EvoTorch therefore roughly follows the sketch below,

from evotorch import Problem
from evotorch.algorithms import SNES
from evotorch.logging import StdOutLogger, PandasLogger
import torch

# Create a Problem instance to solve
def sphere(x: torch.Tensor) -> torch.Tensor:
    return torch.sum(x.pow(2.0))

problem = Problem("min", sphere, solution_length=10, initial_bounds=(-1, 1))

# Create a SearchAlgorithm instance to optimise the Problem instance
searcher = SNES(problem, stdev_init=5)

# Create loggers as desired
stdout_logger = StdOutLogger(searcher)  # Status printed to the stdout
pandas_logger = PandasLogger(searcher)  # Status stored in a Pandas dataframe

# Run the algorithm for as many iterations as desired

# Process the information accumulated by the loggers.
progress = pandas_logger.to_dataframe()
progress.mean_eval.plot()  # Display a graph of the evolutionary progress by using the pandas data frame