The Merlin control language for strategic optimization

Abstract Mcl is the programming language of the Merlin optimization environment. It can be used for the implementation of efficient optimization strategies, abolishing to a great extend the need for user intervention. The language is simple to learn and its structure is similar to Fortran. We report on successful applications where Mcl played an instrumental role, as for example in molecular physics problems and in the training of neural networks. Title of program: MCL-3.0 Catalogue Id: ABHA_v2_0 [ADHR] Nature of problem Complex optimization problems that cannot be solved efficiently via a single algorithm and they rather need to be tackled by a multi-algorithm strategy. Versions of this program held in the CPC repository in Mendeley Data ABHA_v1_0; MCL; 10.1016/0010-4655(89)90006-4 ABHA_v2_0; MCL-3.0; 10.1016/S0010-4655(98)00006-X This program has been imported from the CPC Program Library held at Queen's University Belfast (1969-2019)