Shogun is split up into libshogun which contains all the machine learning
algorithms and 'static interfaces' helpers,
the static interfaces python_static, octave_static, matlab_static, r_static and
the modular interfaces python_modular, octave_modular and r_modular (all found
in the src/interfaces/ subdirectory with corresponding name). See src/INSTALL on
how to install shogun.

In case one wants to extend shogun the best way is to start using its library.
This can be easily done as a number of examples in examples/libshogun document.

The simplest libshogun based program would be

#include <shogun/base/init.h>

int main(int argc, char** argv)
    return 0;

which could be compiled with g++ -lshogun minimal.cpp -o minimal and obviously
does nothing (apart form initializing and destroying a couple of global shogun
objects internally).

In case one wants to redirect shoguns output functions SG_DEBUG, SG_INFO,
SG_WARN, SG_ERROR, SG_PRINT etc, one has to pass them to init_shogun() as
parameters like this

void print_message(FILE* target, const char* str)
    fprintf(target, "%s", str);

void print_warning(FILE* target, const char* str)
    fprintf(target, "%s", str);

void print_error(FILE* target, const char* str)
    fprintf(target, "%s", str);

init_shogun(&print_message, &print_warning,

To finally see some action one has to include the appropriate header files,
e.g. we create some features and a gaussian kernel

#include <shogun/features/Labels.h>
#include <shogun/features/RealFeatures.h>
#include <shogun/kernel/GaussianKernel.h>
#include <shogun/classifier/svm/LibSVM.h>
#include <shogun/base/init.h>
#include <shogun/lib/common.h>
#include <shogun/io/SGIO.h>
#include <stdio.h>

void print_message(FILE* target, const char* str)
    fprintf(target, "%s", str);

int main(int argc, char** argv)

    // create some data
    float64_t* matrix = new float64_t[6];
    for (int32_t i=0; i<6; i++)

    // create three 2-dimensional vectors 
    // shogun will now own the matrix created
    CRealFeatures* features= new CRealFeatures();
    features->set_feature_matrix(matrix, 2, 3);

    // create three labels
    CLabels* labels=new CLabels(3);
    labels->set_label(0, -1);
    labels->set_label(1, +1);
    labels->set_label(2, -1);

    // create gaussian kernel with cache 10MB, width 0.5
    CGaussianKernel* kernel = new CGaussianKernel(10, 0.5);
    kernel->init(features, features);

    // create libsvm with C=10 and train
    CLibSVM* svm = new CLibSVM(10, kernel, labels);

    // apply to training examples
    for (int32_t i=0; i<3; i++)
        SG_SPRINT("output[%d]=%f\n", i, svm->apply(i));

    // free up memory

    return 0;

Now you probably wonder why this example does not leak memory. First of all,
supplying pointers to arrays allocated with new[] will make shogun objects own
these objects and will make them take care of cleaning them up on object
destruction. Then, when creating shogun objects they keep a reference counter
internally. Whenever a shogun object is returned or supplied as an argument to
some function its reference counter is increased, for example in the example

CLibSVM* svm = new CLibSVM(10, kernel, labels);

increases the reference count of kernel and labels. On destruction the
reference counter is decreased and the object is freed if the counter is <= 0.

It is therefore your duty to prevent objects from destruction if you keep a
handle to them globally *which you still intend to use later*. In the example
above accessing labels after the call to SG_UNREF(svm) will cause a
segmentation fault as the Label object was already destroyed in the SVM
destructor. You can do this by SG_REF(obj). To decrement the reference count of
an object, call SG_UNREF(obj) which will also automagically destroy it if the
counter is <= 0 and set obj=NULL only in this case.

Generally, all shogun C++ Objects are prefixed with C, e.g. CSVM and derived from
CSGObject. Since variables in the upper class hierarchy, need to be initialized
upon construction of the object, the constructor of base class needs to be
called in the constructor, e.g. CSVM calls CKernelMachine, CKernelMachine calls
CClassifier which finally calls CSGObject.

For example if you implement your own SVM called MySVM you would in the
constructor do

class MySVM : public CSVM
    MySVM( ) : CSVM()

In case you got your object working we will happily integrate it into shogun
provided you follow a number of basic coding conventions detailed below (see
FORMATTING for formatting instructions, MACROS on how to use and name macros,
TYPES on which types to use, FUNCTIONS on how functions should look like and
NAMING CONVENTIONS for the naming scheme.



- indenting uses stroustrup style with tabsize 4, i.e. for emacs use in your

	(add-hook 'c-mode-common-hook
	 (lambda ()
	  (show-paren-mode 1)
	  (setq indent-tabs-mode t)
	  (c-set-style "stroustrup")
	  (setq tab-width 4)))

	for vim in ~/.vimrc

	set cindent         " C style indenting
	set ts=4            " tabstop 
	set sw=4            " shiftwidth

- avoid whitespaces at end of lines and never use them for indentation; only
ever use tabs for indentations

- semicolons and commas ;, should be placed directly after a variable/statement


  for (uint32_t i=0; i<10; i++)

- brackets () and (greater/lower) equal sign ><= should should not contain
  unecessary spaces, e.g:

  int32_t a=1;
  int32_t b=kernel->compute();

  if (a==1)

  exceptions are logical subunits

  if ( (a==1) && (b==1) )

- breaking long lines and strings
	limit yourselves to 80 columns

	for (int32_t vec=params->start; vec<params->end &&
			!CSignal::cancel_computations(); vec++)

	however exceptions are OK if readability is increased (as in function definitions)

- don't put multiple assignments on a single line

- functions look like

	int32_t* fun(int32_t* foo)
		return foo;

  and are separated by a newline, e.g:

	int32_t* fun1(int32_t* foo1)
		return foo;

	int32_t* fun2(int32_t* foo2)
		return foo2;

- same for if () else clauses, while/for loops

	if (foo)

	if (foo)


- use macros sparingly
- avoid defining constants using macros (bye bye typechecking), use

const int32_t FOO=5; 

or enums (when defining several realted constants)


- use ifdefs sparingly (really limit yourself to the ones necessary)
  as their extreme usage makes the code completely unreadable. to achieve
  that it may be necessary to wrap a function of (e.g. for
		  pthread_create()/CreateThread()/thread_create() a wrapper function to create a
		  thread and inside of it the ifdefs to do it the solaris/win32/posix way)
- if you need to use ifdefs always comment the corresponding #else / #endif
  in the following way:

#endif //HAVE_LAPACK

- types (use only these!):
	char		(8bit char(maybe signed or unsigned))
	uint8_t		(8bit unsigned char)
	uint16_t	(16bit unsigned short)
	uint32_t	(32bit unsinged int)
	int32_t		(32bit int)
	int64_t		(64bit int)
	float32_t	(32bit float)
	float64_t	(64bit float)
	floatmax_t	(96bit or 128bit float depending on arch)

	exceptions: file IO / matlab interface

- classes must be (directly or indirectly) derived from CSGObject

- don't use fprintf/printf, but SG_DEBUG/SG_INFO/SG_WARNING/SG_ERROR/SG_PRINT (if in a from
		CSGObject derived object) or the static SG_SDEBUG/... functions elsewise


- Functions should be short and sweet, and do just one thing.  They should fit
  on one or two screenfuls of text (the ISO/ANSI screen size is 80x24, as we all
  know), and do one thing and do that well.
- Another measure of the function is the number of local variables.  They
  shouldn't exceed 5-10, or you're doing something wrong.  Re-think the
  function, and split it into smaller pieces.  A human brain can
  generally easily keep track of about 7 different things, anything more
  and it gets confused.  You know you're brilliant, but maybe you'd like
  to understand what you did 2 weeks from now.

If a class stores a pointer to an object it should call SG_REF(obj) to
increase the objects reference count and SG_UNREF(obj) on class desctruction (which will
decrease the objects reference count and call the objects destructor if ref_count()==0.
Note that the caller (from within C++) of any get_* function returning an object should
also call SG_UNREF(obj) when done with the object. This makes the swig wrapped interfaces
automagically take care of object destruction.

If a class function returns a new object this has to be stated in the corresponding swig
.i file for cleanup to work, e.g. if apply() returns a new CLabels then the .i file
should contain %newobject CClassifier::apply();

- naming variables:
	- in classes are member variables are named like m_feature_vector (to avoid
			shadowing and the often hard to find bugs shadowing causes)
	- parameters (in functions) shall be named e.g. feature_vector
	- don't use meaningless variable names, it is however fine to use short names 
	like i,j,k etc in loops
	- class names start with 'C', each syllable/subword starts with a capital letter,
	 e.g. CStringFeatures

- constants/defined objects are UPPERCASE, i.e. REALVALUED

- function are named like get_feature_vector() and should be limited to as few arguments as
possible (no monster functions with > 5 arguments please)

- objects which can deal with features of type DREAL and class SIMPLE don't need
to contain Real/Simple in class name

-others are required to clarify class/type they can handle, e.g.
CSparseByteLinearKernel, CSparseGaussianKernel

-variable and function names are all lowercase (except for class Con/Destructors)
syllables/subwords are separated by '_', e.g. compute_kernel_value(), my_local_variable

-class member variables all start with m_, e.g. m_member (this is to avoid shadowing)

- features
	-featureclass Simple/Sparse
		-featuretype Real/Byte/...
- preprocessors
	-featureclass Simple/Sparse
		-featuretype Real/Byte/...
- kernel
	-featureclass Simple/Sparse
		-featuretype Real/Byte/...
			-kerneltype Linear/Gaussian/...


- an automagic version will be created from the date of the last svn update.
if that is not enough make releases:

e.g.: svn cp trunk releases/shogun_0.1.0
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