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  1. #1 Calculus for genetic algorithms 
    Forum Radioactive Isotope MagiMaster's Avatar
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    I couldn't decide if this belongs in Math or CS, but I decided on Math by a small margin.

    Does anyone know anything about a calculus that describes genetic algorithms/programming (in the way Lambda Calculus describes functional programming)? Has anyone here done any work on one?

    I know of a way to give a mathematic description of a genetic algorithm, but that wouldn't be considered a calculus. (Another question might be what exactly a calculus is...)


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    A calculus is a set of rules to manipulate strings of symbols (at leasts thats how i understand it). So differential calculus shows you what you can and can't do with derivatives etc.


    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    I vaguely got that much, sort of, but how do you get from that to either Math or CS? How are these things created? It's just something I haven't been able to grasp yet.
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