Salem, it's probably not that ECJ's using the same individual, but
rather that your gene's clone() operation has some problems.
Specifically, clone() by default only does light cloning -- it clones
instance variables that are numbers and booleans, but more complex
instance variables (arrays for example) are not cloned but rather just
pointer-copied. You have several such arrays (FIELD, allele) in your
gene and need to copy those arrays yourself in your clone() method.
Secondly, these arrays appear to be static -- that is, they're shared
among all instances of MatrixGene. That's almost certainly what you
do NOT want to do. ECJ has almost no static non-final members in its
entire library on purpose: it's troublesome to serialize them. And it
will also create this "same gene" affect.
On Mar 5, 2010, at 4:27 AM, Salem Adra wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I am very new to ECJ, and Java as a matter of fact.
> I am currently having a problem with my GA population using ECJ. The
> is that although my algorithm seems to be creating several individuals
> (genotypes at least), it is populating the GA population with the same
> individual (last genotype generated by reset() method in
> attached). I spent loads of time trying to understand the problem (i
> to trace the function executions including the cloning functions and
> printing all sort of testing statements) but unfortunately i am stuck.
> Anyone know what might be causing this or shed some light.
> My individuals are GeneVectorIndividuals and my gene representation is
> defined in the attached file. I basically followed the instructions on
> http://cvalcarcel.wordpress.com/tag/ecj/ which define a
> except in my case, my individuals have only one gene, which is a
> many thanks in advance,