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Announcing GeneHunter 4.0

GeneHunter Adds Evolution Strategy, 64-bit, and Excel 2013

Ward Systems Group has announced Release 4 of GeneHunter, a powerful software solution for many types of optimization problems. GeneHunter is actually two products in one:  an Excel Add-in and a library of genetic optimization functions that you can call from your programs.  


New Optimization Method

Release 4 of GeneHunter adds the Evolution Strategy optimization method to the Excel interface .  The classic GeneHunter optimization method remains in the program.  Evolution Strategy is a variant of genetic algorithms that uses real numbers instead of integers in chromosomes, and therefore does not cross segments of a chromosome, but instead crosses whole chromosomes. The individuals represent potential solutions to a problem. The individuals are tested by a fitness function and the results are used to determine if the individual will be included in the next generation of potential solutions. The Evolution Strategy method is the default optimization method used in NeuroShell Trader.  


Excel Version Can Run as 64-Bit and Works with Excel 2013

The Excel Add-in is updated to work in both 64-bit as well as 32-bit versions of Excel and Windows, up to and including Excel 2013.  The GeneHunter Excel Add-in may now be run as either a 64-bit or 32-bit application in Excel 2013 and 2010.  The GeneHunter Add-in continues to run as a 32-bit application in Excel 2003 and Excel 2007.  GeneHunter runs under Windows XP, 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems.


New .NET Programming Examples

Release 4 adds examples for Microsoft .NET versions of C* and VB.   The GeneHunter programming toolkit also include s examples written in VB6, MSVC6, and Delphi6.  


Optimization with Multiple Constraints

The GeneHunter Excel Add-in can evolve a solution that meets the requirements of a primary fitness function and at the same time satisfy other constraints that affect the problem.  For example, if you're trying to design a manufacturing process that minimizes cost or time, but at the same time maximizes product quality GeneHunter is the tool to use.  


Neural Nets as Fitness Functions

If you don't know the formula for the fitness function, as long as you have relevant data about the problem you can use the NeuroShell Predictor to create the prediction model and then call that model as a fitness function in Excel by using the NeuroShell Run-Time Server.  The AI Trilogy software program bundles the NeuroShell Predictor, Classifier, and Run-Time Server as well as GeneHunter. Details are at www.wardsystems.com/learnmore.asp.

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