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GA code problem in using options

Asked by Maryam on 18 Oct 2018
Latest activity Commented on by Maryam on 19 Oct 2018
I am using GA as a solver of my optimization problem. However, it gives me an error about options I use. o
ptions = optimoptions('ga','MaxGenerations',{10e5});
[x,fval] = ga(@obj_func,3,[],[],[],[],lb,ub,options);
The error I get is as follow:
Error using optimoptions (line 114)
Invalid solver specified. Provide a solver name or handle (such as 'fmincon' or
@fminunc).
Type DOC OPTIMOPTIONS for a list of solvers.
I have checked the option for GA and apparently, I am not using anything wrong. Anyone can help me with this? Thank you so much for the time.

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Answer by Alan Weiss
on 19 Oct 2018
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optimoptions was extended to ga in R2016a. If your MATLAB version is older than that, use gaoptimset. And, as Stephan said, do not put the value of MaxGenerations in curly braces.
Alan Weiss
MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation

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I have tried this one too, which gives me the following error:
Error using gaoptimset (line 289)
Unrecognized parameter name 'MaxGenerations'.
Error in complete_code (line 268)
options = gaoptimset('MaxGenerations',1e5);
Sorry, my oversight. The correct syntax, as documented, is
options = gaoptimset('Generations',1e5);
It would probably be easier for you not to use the current documentation, but instead to use the documentation for your version of MATLAB.
Alan Weiss
MATLAB mathematical toolbox documentation
I have tried this and it is working. Thank you so very much for your patience with me.

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Answer by Stephan
on 19 Oct 2018
Edited by Stephan
on 19 Oct 2018

Hi,
this one does create a valid options object on my system:
options = optimoptions(@ga,'MaxGenerations',10e5);
[x,fval] = ga(@obj_func,3,[],[],[],[],lb,ub,options);
Note that the value should be a real integer: MaxGenerations Maximum number of iterations before the algorithm halts. Positive integer |{100*numberOfVariables} for ga, {200*numberOfVariables} for gamultiobj
The curly braces in the documentation tell you: Values in {} denote the default value.
There is a difference between both, because a cell array is not an integer:
>> a = 10e5
a =
1000000
>> b = {10e5}
b =
1×1 cell array
{[1000000]}
>> whos a b
Name Size Bytes Class Attributes
a 1x1 8 double
b 1x1 120 cell
Best regards
Stephan

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I have used the exact same comments as you provided but I still get the same error.
Error using optimoptions (line 114)
Invalid solver specified. Provide a solver name or handle (such as 'fmincon' or
@fminunc).
Type DOC OPTIMOPTIONS for a list of solvers.
Error in complete_code (line 268)
options = optimoptions(@ga,'MaxGenerations',10e5);
I have also tried "fminunc" but I get the same error. I believe there is something wrong with using the option. Please help me if anyone knows what the problem is. Thank you, Stephan, for your help.
Did you see Alans answer? Sometimes it is useful to provide the Matlab release used.

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