This example shows how to find the minimum of Rastrigin's function, a function that is often
used to test the genetic algorithm. The example presents two approaches for
minimizing: using the **Optimize** Live Editor task and
working at the command line.

For two independent variables, Rastrigin's function is defined as

$$Ras(x)=20+{x}_{1}^{2}+{x}_{2}^{2}-10\left(\mathrm{cos}2\pi {x}_{1}+\mathrm{cos}2\pi {x}_{2}\right).$$

Global Optimization Toolbox contains the `rastriginsfcn.m`

file, which computes
the values of Rastrigin's function. The following figure shows a plot of Rastrigin's
function.

As the plot shows, Rastrigin's function has many local minima—the
“valleys” in the plot. However, the function has just
one global minimum, which occurs at the point [0 0] in the *x-y* plane,
as indicated by the vertical line in the plot, where the value of
the function is 0. At any local minimum other than [0 0], the value
of Rastrigin's function is greater than 0. The farther the local minimum
is from the origin, the larger the value of the function is at that
point.

Rastrigin's function is often used to test the genetic algorithm, because its many local minima make it difficult for standard, gradient-based methods to find the global minimum.

The following contour plot of Rastrigin's function shows the alternating maxima and minima.

This section explains how to find the minimum of Rastrigin's function using the genetic algorithm.

**Note**

Because the genetic algorithm uses random number generators, the algorithm returns different results each time you run it.

Create a new live script by clicking the

**New Live Script**button in the**File**section on the**Home**tab.Insert an

**Optimize**Live Editor task. Click the**Insert**tab and then, in the**Code**section, select**Task > Optimize**.For use in entering problem data, insert a new section by clicking the

**Section Break**button on the**Insert**tab. New sections appear above and below the task.In the new section above the task, enter the following code to define the number of variables and objective function.

nvar = 2; fun = @rastriginsfcn;

To place these variables into the workspace, run the section by pressing

**Ctrl+Enter**.In the

**Specify problem type**section of the task, click the**Objective > Nonlinear button**.Select

**Solver > ga - Genetic algorithm**.In the

**Select problem data**section of the task, select**Objective function > Function handle**and then choose`fun`

.Select

**Number of variables > nvar**.In the

**Display progress**section of the task, select the**Best fitness**plot.To run the solver, click the options button

**⁝**at the top right of the task window, and select**Run Section**. The plot appears in a separate figure window and in the task output area. Note that your plot might be different from the one shown, because`ga`

is a stochastic algorithm.The points at the bottom of the plot denote the best fitness values, while the points above them denote the averages of the fitness values in each generation. The top of the plot displays the best and mean values, numerically, in the current generation.

To see the solution and fitness function value, look at the top of the task.

To view the values of these variables, enter the following code in the section below the task.

disp(solution) disp(objectiveValue)

Run the section by pressing

**Ctrl+Enter**.disp(solution)

0.9785 0.9443

disp(objectiveValue)

2.5463

Your values can differ because

`ga`

is a stochastic algorithm.

The value shown is not very close to the actual minimum value of Rastrigin's
function, which is `0`

. The topics Set Initial Range, Setting the Amount of Mutation, and Set Maximum Number of Generations and Stall Generations describe ways to achieve a
result that is closer to the actual minimum. Or, you can simply rerun the solver to
try to obtain a better result.

To find the minimum of Rastrigin's function at the command line, enter the following code.

rng default % For reproducibility options = optimoptions('ga','PlotFcn','gaplotbestf'); [solution,objectiveValue] = ga(@rastriginsfcn,2,... [],[],[],[],[],[],[],options)

Optimization terminated: average change in the fitness value less than options.FunctionTolerance. solution = 0.9785 0.9443 objectiveValue = 2.5463

The points at the bottom of the plot denote the best fitness values, while the points above them denote the averages of the fitness values in each generation. The top of the plot displays the best and mean values, numerically, in the current generation.

Both the **Optimize** Live Editor
task and the command line allow you to formulate and solve problems, and they give identical
results. The command line is more streamlined, but provides less help for choosing a solver,
setting up the problem, and choosing options such as plot functions. You can also start a
problem using **Optimize**, and then generate code for command line
use, as in Solve a Constrained Nonlinear Problem, Solver-Based.