Problems using the bulk fitness function facility

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Problems using the bulk fitness function facility

David Kemp-4
For my particular problem, I need access to the whole population before
I can determine the fitness of an individual, and so I thought that the
easiest approach would be to implement a BulkFitnessFunction.  I had
trouble getting it working, did some debugging, and decided that either
I have misunderstood the intention behind BulkFitnessFunction, or there
is a bug in GABreeder.

After a quick search of this users mailing list, I saw that I am not the
only one (See: Mike Lechner <mike.lechner@gm...>, July 22, 2009,
BulkFitFn doesn't mutate or breed?).  This thread did not seem to come
to a resolution.

Attached is the simpest example that I could think of.  So simple that
it does not actually need  to use a bulk fitness function, but it shows
the problem.  The population consists of two individuals, with one
integer gene each, and a bulk fitness function that simply uses the
value of the gene as its fitness value. If you run it as it is, the two
individuals at the end of the 100 iterations are the same as the two you
start with.

If you uncomment the line where I set the breeder to be my breeder then,
unless you are really unlucky, at least one of the individuals should
have been replaced with a "fitter" one at some stage during the 100

David Kemp

package kemp.jgapexample;

import java.util.List;

import org.jgap.BulkFitnessFunction;
import org.jgap.Chromosome;
import org.jgap.Configuration;
import org.jgap.Gene;
import org.jgap.Genotype;
import org.jgap.IChromosome;
import org.jgap.Population;
import org.jgap.impl.DefaultConfiguration;
import org.jgap.impl.GABreeder;
import org.jgap.impl.IntegerGene;

public class ExampleWithBulkFitnessFunction {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Configuration conf = new DefaultConfiguration();
//        conf.setBreeder(new MyBreeder());
        conf.setBulkFitnessFunction(new MyFitnessFunction());
        conf.setSampleChromosome(new Chromosome(conf, new Gene[] {new IntegerGene(conf, 0, 1000)}));
        Genotype population = Genotype.randomInitialGenotype(conf);

    private static void evolve(Genotype population) {
        for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
            List<IChromosome> chromosomes = population.getPopulation().getChromosomes();
            System.out.println(String.format("%s, %s",

    private static class MyFitnessFunction extends BulkFitnessFunction {
        public void evaluate(Population population) {
            List<IChromosome> chromosomes = population.getChromosomes();
            for (IChromosome chromosome : chromosomes) {
                chromosome.setFitnessValue((Integer) ((IntegerGene) chromosome.getGenes()[0]).getAllele());
    private static class MyBreeder extends GABreeder {
        protected void updateChromosomes(Population a_pop, Configuration a_conf) {
            int currentPopSize = a_pop.size();
            // Ensure all chromosomes are updated.
            // -----------------------------------
            BulkFitnessFunction bulkFunction = a_conf.getBulkFitnessFunction();
            boolean bulkFitFunc = (bulkFunction != null);
            if (bulkFitFunc) {
            } else {
              for (int i = 0; i < currentPopSize; i++) {
                IChromosome chrom = a_pop.getChromosome(i);

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