I don't think Perl's speed (as in execution time) is a major concern for most AI programming
Hmm, on this note I disagree. AI tends to be computationally expensive. AL (ie GA) even more so. Even a minor efficiency improvement can make a _big_ difference.
It's frequently noted that developer time is often far more valuable then execution time for other projects, why would AI programming be any different?
Well, this is true and not true. IME its true when the speed differences are marginal at best. Implementing an efficient algorithm in C and the same in Perl will most likely produce acceptable performance for the end product with much lower dev times. However with GA/AI/AL the same is not true. (Well, from what ive seen.) Lower development times are overwhelemed by extremely slow execution times.
Yves / DeMerphq
Writing a good benchmark isnt as easy as it might look.