Released 1998
The JavaSANE package contains the source code for the Hierarchical SANE system, based on SANE-C, but rewritten extensively in Java. The JavaSANE version is designed especially to make it possible to apply SANE to new tasks with minimal effort. It is also intended to be platform-independent and reasonably efficient implementation of SANE. Other revisions (from SANE-C) include more documentation and more parsimonious code, so that JavaSANE can serve as a starting point for further research in neuroevolution algorithms as well. Some experimental features from SANE-C have been removed, including local learning and some functions designed to output networks to visualization tools, in an attempt to make the code more streamlined and simpler to apply. SANE is designed as an efficient method for forming neuro-control networks in reinforcement learning tasks. For more details on SANE and some of its applications, see a paper on SANE (and others under Neuroevolution Methods and Applications), or the Neuroevolution Methods and Applications research descriptions. This package is designed to be an easy starting point for applying JavaSANE to a new domain. First, change the values in NUM_INPUTS and NUM_OUTPUTS in to the appropriate number of inputs and outputs for your network. Rewrite the function Evaluate_net in, which takes a neural net as a parameter and returns its "fitness value," where fitness is defined as ability to perform a task in the domain being implemented. Finally, run JavaSANE: It will try to evolve networks that optimize the value returned by your function. The software will take care of creating and evolving the network entirely.

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v1.0 12/15/98 cyndy  

v1.1 1/15/99 cyndy   

- Implementation of   

- Expansion and rearrangement of   

- Vastly improved ease-of-use for new domain implementation  

v1.2 8/22/00 Alex Lubberts  

- Fixed a bug in that caused some neurons to receive too high   

  fitness value  

- A few other minor bug fixes.     
Alex Lubberts Formerly affiliated Visitor
Neuroevolution 2020
Risto Miikkulainen, To Appear In Encyclopedia of Machine Learning and Data Science, 3rd Edition, Dinh Phung, Claude Sammut and Geoffrey I. Webb (Eds.), New York, 2020. Springer.
Neuroevolution 2015
Risto Miikkulainen, In Encyclopedia of Machine Learning, 2nd Edition, Sammut, C. and Webb, G. I. (Eds.), Berlin, 2015. Springer.
Neuroevolution 2010
Risto Miikkulainen, In Encyclopedia of Machine Learning, New York 2010. Springer.