On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 8:29 AM, Bob Sneidar <bobsnei...@iotecdigital.com>

> Some might take this to be a minor point, but Darwinian Evolution relies
> on truely random point mutations followed by the process of natural
> selection. In this case a computer induces a change then evaluates the
> effects of that change. I would rather called this automated engineering.

I used to work with Genetic Algorithms and knew somme of the leading

A GA doesn't evaluate a trial solution so much as applies the solution to
generate a fitness score.  Higher scores are either more likely or
guaranteed a shot at reproducing in the next round.  It's the whole genetic
code rather than the mutation, that reproduces.

> Also, I wonder how many times in Darwinial evolution a species evolved a
> truely quantum leap in it's genetics, only to be wiped out by a flood or
> volcanic explosion, os simply got eaten by it's predator. :-)
> You get real world opportunism.

I had a parameter backwards, and the algorithm stabilized at a negative
price in an economic simulation--which was, in fact, the correct but
unanticipated result.

Ashlock was evolving simple code, and put in a random result as the penalty
for not reaching the end of the decision tree--and they adapted to use that
"hazard" as a synchronization mechanism to boost their scores. . .
 (repeated prisoner's dolman type situation)

Dr. Richard E. Hawkins, Esq.
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