# Graphical user interface¶

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

from pySOT.gui import GUI
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 Ackley.py:

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
self.info = 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)) - \
np.exp(sum(np.cos(2.0*np.pi*x))/n)


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

The picture below shows what the GUI looks like.