Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
good chemistry is complicated,
and a little bit messy -LW

Comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
There's a rich literature on genetic programming. For example, check out John Koza's stuff at

Another interesting thread is Tom Ray's Tierra. Realizing that computer programs are just too brittle to evolve well (as one bad character in a program can render it all useless, vs. the laxness in say DNA coding and codons), Ray proposed an interesting computer architecture loosely based on biology that supports evolving programs.

Another interesting idea: Danny Hillis (of Connection Machine fame ) suggested in a 1990 paper that programs evolve better when confronted with "parasites". Hillis claimed he could evolve better sorting programs when they were pitted against an evolving landscape of "hard" sort sequences (which in turn were generated by different program evolving hard sequences with the goal of stumping the sorters... see

A good site for such topics is SFI

This field hasn't generated much of practical significance yet, but it is cool.

In reply to RE: Genetic Programming or breeding Perls by nop
in thread Genetic Programming or breeding Perls by gumpu

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Posts are HTML formatted. Put <p> </p> tags around your paragraphs. Put <code> </code> tags around your code and data!
  • Titles consisting of a single word are discouraged, and in most cases are disallowed outright.
  • Read Where should I post X? if you're not absolutely sure you're posting in the right place.
  • Please read these before you post! —
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags:
    a, abbr, b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, col, colgroup, dd, del, div, dl, dt, em, font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, hr, i, ins, li, ol, p, pre, readmore, small, span, spoiler, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, tbody, td, tfoot, th, thead, tr, tt, u, ul, wbr
  • You may need to use entities for some characters, as follows. (Exception: Within code tags, you can put the characters literally.)
            For:     Use:
    & &amp;
    < &lt;
    > &gt;
    [ &#91;
    ] &#93;
  • Link using PerlMonks shortcuts! What shortcuts can I use for linking?
  • See Writeup Formatting Tips and other pages linked from there for more info.
  • Log In?

    What's my password?
    Create A New User
    and the web crawler heard nothing...

    How do I use this? | Other CB clients
    Other Users?
    Others rifling through the Monastery: (4)
    As of 2015-11-28 20:21 GMT
    Find Nodes?
      Voting Booth?

      What would be the most significant thing to happen if a rope (or wire) tied the Earth and the Moon together?

      Results (744 votes), past polls