Modifying the operator search path
The operator search path allows you to switch between different implementations of the message operators for a factor. In some cases, Infer.NET includes different implementations of a factor, allowing you to control speed versus accuracy. The search path also allows you to override a built-in message operator with your own implementation.
For example, consider the SumOp class from the page on How to add a new factor and message operators. On that page, SumOp was registered against a custom factor called MyFactors.Sum. Suppose you instead wanted to register SumOp against the built-in factor Factor.Sum. To start, you would change the FactorMethod attribute to read:
At this point, you will get AmbiguousMatchExceptions when you try to compile a model, because Infer.NET will find two implementations of the same message. To tell Infer.NET to use your SumOp instead of the built-in class, you add it to the operator search path. This is done by calling engine.Compiler.GivePriorityTo() on an InferenceEngine, like so:
The next time you perform inference with that engine, the model will be recompiled to use your SumOp. Besides a type object, you can also pass in a namespace string, an Assembly, or a Module. GivePriorityTo adds the given type/namespace/Assembly/Module to the front of the search path. To remove SumOp from the search path and go back to the default operator, call RemovePriority:
You can inspect the search path at any time via engine.Compiler.PriorityList.