Graphical user interfaceΒΆ

pySOT comes with a graphical user interface (GUI) built in PyQt5. In order to use the GUI you need to have PyQt5 installed together with all other dependencies of pySOT. Initializing the GUI is as easy as typing from the terminal:

from pySOT.gui import GUI

or more compactly:

python -c 'from pySOT.gui import GUI; GUI()'

The optimization problem has to be implemented in a separate file and this file must satisfy the requirements mentioned above for an optimization problem. In addition, the separate Python implementation is only allowed to contain one class and this class has to have the same name as the file name (excluding .py). As an example, this is an implementation of the Ackley function in a separate file with file name

import numpy as np

class Ackley:
    def __init__(self, dim=10):
        self.xlow = -15 * np.ones(dim)
        self.xup = 20 * np.ones(dim)
        self.dim = dim = str(dim)+"-dimensional Ackley function \n" +\
                             "Global optimum: f(0,0,...,0) = 0"
        self.integer = []
        self.continuous = np.arange(0, dim)

    def objfunction(self, x):
        if len(x) != self.dim:
            raise ValueError('Dimension mismatch')
        n = float(len(x))
        return -20.0 * np.exp(-0.2*np.sqrt(sum(x**2)/n)) - \

Note that both the file name and the class names are the same.

The picture below shows what the GUI looks like.