Other Techniques
There are many techniques that can be used to tackle a Computational Design problem.
In addition to the genetic algorithm, other examples include:
    solving with pen and paper
    manual guess and check
    set packing or partitioning algorithms
    gradient descent
    stochastic (or, random) local search and filtering results to find a desired maximum, minimum, or median values.
    linear, integer, or quadratic programming
Some of these techniques are quite basic and easy to implement (see the 'Optioneering section'); others are far more sophisticated. Choosing the right technique for your application is tricky and much more of an art than a science. Often, it comes down to the precise design question you are tackling and your familiarity with a given technique.
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