Monday, March 17, 2014

Printing a CP Optimizer Model in Java

Update: I've converted the code to a static method (so that you do not need to extend the IloCP class), and added to a utility package I wrote. Please see this post for details on the software and how to get it.

The IBM ILOG CP Optimizer constraint programming solver has a Java API that currently seems to provide no easy way to print out a model. Here's a hack that prints the key ingredients (objectives and constraints). It does not explicitly list variables (they're embedded in the constraints and objectives), but that would be an easy fix. It also does not print out parameter settings. The code as written overrides the .toString() method for a class containing an instance of IloCP named 'solver'.

  public String toString() {
    if (solver == null) {
      return "No model yet!";
    } else {
      StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
      Iterator it = solver.iterator();
      while (it.hasNext()) {                           // iterate over the model
        IloAddable object = (IloAddable);    // get the next object
        if (object instanceof IloObjective) {
          // For an objective, .toString() returns the body of the objective.
            .append(": ")
        } else if (object instanceof IloConstraint) {
            For some constraints, .toString() returns the body; for others
            (notably inequalities), .toString() returns the name if there is
            one, the body if the name is null.
          IloConstraint ct = (IloConstraint) object;
          String name = ct.getName();             // get the name
          ct.setName(null);                       // temporarily remove the name
            .append(": ")
            .append(ct)                           // this now gets the body
          ct.setName(name);                       // restore the name
        } else {
      return sb.toString();

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