Java Grammatical Evolution

In computer science, Java Grammatical Evolution is an implementation of grammatical evolution in the Java programming language. Examples include jGE library and GEVA.

jGE libraryEdit

jGE library was the first published implementation of grammatical evolution in the Java language.[1] Today, another well-known published Java implementation exists, named GEVA. GEVA was developed at University College Dublin's Natural Computing Research & Applications group under the guidance of one of the inventors of grammatical evolution, Dr. Michael O'Neill.

jGE library aims to provide not only an implementation of grammatical evolution, but also a free, open-source, and extendable framework for experimentation in the area of evolutionary computation. Namely, it supports the implementation (through additions and extensions) of any evolutionary algorithm.[2] Furthermore, its extendable architecture and design facilitates the implementation and incorporation of new experimental implementation inspired by natural evolution and biology.[3]

The jGE library binary file, the source code, the documentation, and an extension for the NetLogo modeling environment, named jGE NetLogo extension, can be downloaded from the jGE Official Web Site.


The jGE library is free software released under the GNU General Public License v3.


  1. ^ Georgiou, L. and Teahan, W. J. (2006a) “jGE - A Java implementation of Grammatical Evolution”. 10th WSEAS International Conference on Systems, Athens, Greece, July 10–15, 2006.
  2. ^ Georgiou, L. and Teahan, W. J. (2008) “Experiments with Grammatical Evolution in Java”. Knowledge-Driven Computing: Knowledge Engineering and Intelligent Computations, Studies in Computational Intelligence (vol. 102), 45-62. Berlin, Germany: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg.
  3. ^ Georgiou, L. and Teahan, W. J. (2006b) “Implication of Prior Knowledge and Population Thinking in Grammatical Evolution: Toward a Knowledge Sharing Architecture”. WSEAS Transactions on Systems 5 (10), 2338-2345.

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