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Predictive Models for the Breeder Genetic Algorithm  I. Continuous Parameter Optimization
 EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
, 1993
"... In this paper a new genetic algorithm called the Breeder Genetic Algorithm (BGA) is introduced. The BGA is based on artificial selection similar to that used by human breeders. A predictive model for the BGA is presented which is derived from quantitative genetics. The model is used to predict t ..."
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In this paper a new genetic algorithm called the Breeder Genetic Algorithm (BGA) is introduced. The BGA is based on artificial selection similar to that used by human breeders. A predictive model for the BGA is presented which is derived from quantitative genetics. The model is used to predict the behavior of the BGA for simple test functions. Different mutation schemes are compared by computing the expected progress to the solution. The numerical performance of the BGA is demonstrated on a test suite of multimodal functions. The number of function evaluations needed to locate the optimum scales only as n ln(n) where n is the number of parameters. Results up to n = 1000 are reported.
A Genetic Algorithm Tutorial
 Statistics and Computing
, 1994
"... This tutorial covers the canonical genetic algorithm as well as more experimental forms of genetic algorithms, including parallel island models and parallel cellular genetic algorithms. The tutorial also illustrates genetic search byhyperplane sampling. The theoretical foundations of genetic algorit ..."
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This tutorial covers the canonical genetic algorithm as well as more experimental forms of genetic algorithms, including parallel island models and parallel cellular genetic algorithms. The tutorial also illustrates genetic search byhyperplane sampling. The theoretical foundations of genetic algorithms are reviewed, include the schema theorem as well as recently developed exact models of the canonical genetic algorithm.
Designing Efficient And Accurate Parallel Genetic Algorithms
, 1999
"... Parallel implementations of genetic algorithms (GAs) are common, and, in most cases, they succeed to reduce the time required to find acceptable solutions. However, the effect of the parameters of parallel GAs on the quality of their search and on their efficiency are not well understood. This insuf ..."
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Parallel implementations of genetic algorithms (GAs) are common, and, in most cases, they succeed to reduce the time required to find acceptable solutions. However, the effect of the parameters of parallel GAs on the quality of their search and on their efficiency are not well understood. This insufficient knowledge limits our ability to design fast and accurate parallel GAs that reach the desired solutions in the shortest time possible. The goal of this dissertation is to advance the understanding of parallel GAs and to provide rational guidelines for their design. The research reported here considered three major types of parallel GAs: simple masterslave algorithms with one population, more sophisticated algorithms with multiple populations, and a hierarchical combination of the first two types. The investigation formulated simple models that predict accurately the quality of the solutions with different parameter settings. The quality predictors were transformed into populationsizing equations, which in turn were used to estimate the execution time of the algorithms.
A ParameterLess Genetic Algorithm
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
, 1999
"... From the user's point of view, setting the parameters of a genetic algorithm (GA) is far from a trivial task. Moreover, the user is typically not interested in population sizes, crossover probabilities, selection rates, and other GA technicalities. He is just interested in solving a probl ..."
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From the user's point of view, setting the parameters of a genetic algorithm (GA) is far from a trivial task. Moreover, the user is typically not interested in population sizes, crossover probabilities, selection rates, and other GA technicalities. He is just interested in solving a problem, and what he would really like to do, is to handin the problem to a blackbox algorithm, and simply press a start button. This paper explores the development of a GA that fulfills this requirement. It has no parameters whatsoever. The development of the algorithm takes into account several aspects of the theory of GAs, including previous research work on population sizing, the schema theorem, building block mixing, and genetic drift.
Evolutionary computation: Comments on the history and current state
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION
, 1997
"... Evolutionary computation has started to receive significant attention during the last decade, although the origins can be traced back to the late 1950’s. This article surveys the history as well as the current state of this rapidly growing field. We describe the purpose, the general structure, and ..."
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Evolutionary computation has started to receive significant attention during the last decade, although the origins can be traced back to the late 1950’s. This article surveys the history as well as the current state of this rapidly growing field. We describe the purpose, the general structure, and the working principles of different approaches, including genetic algorithms (GA) [with links to genetic programming (GP) and classifier systems (CS)], evolution strategies (ES), and evolutionary programming (EP) by analysis and comparison of their most important constituents (i.e., representations, variation operators, reproduction, and selection mechanism). Finally, we give a brief overview on the manifold of application domains, although this necessarily must remain incomplete.
Genetic Algorithms, Noise, and the Sizing of Populations
 COMPLEX SYSTEMS
, 1991
"... This paper considers the effect of stochasticity on the quality of convergence of genetic algorithms (GAs). In many problems, the variance of buildingblock fitness or socalled collateral noise is the major source of variance, and a populationsizing equation is derived to ensure that average sig ..."
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This paper considers the effect of stochasticity on the quality of convergence of genetic algorithms (GAs). In many problems, the variance of buildingblock fitness or socalled collateral noise is the major source of variance, and a populationsizing equation is derived to ensure that average signaltocollateralnoise ratios are favorable to the discrimination of the best building blocks required to solve a problem of bounded deception. The sizing relation is modified to permit the inclusion of other sources of stochasticity, such as the noise of selection, the noise of genetic operators, and the explicit noise or nondeterminism of the objective function. In a test suite of five functions, the sizing relation proves to be a conservative predictor of average correct convergence, as long as all major sources of noise are considered in the sizing calculation. These results suggest how the sizing equation may be viewed as a coarse delineation of a boundary between what a physicist might call two distinct phases of GA behavior. At low population sizes the GA makes many errors of decision, and the quality of convergence is largely left to the vagaries of chance or the serial fixup of flawed results through mutation or other serial injection of diversity. At large population sizes, GAs can reliably discriminate between good and bad building blocks, and parallel processing and recombination of building blocks lead to quick solution of even difficult deceptive problems. Additionally, the paper outlines a number of extensions to this work, including the development of more refined models of the relation between generational average error and ultimate convergence quality, the development of online methods for sizing populations via the estimation of populations...
Niching Methods for Genetic Algorithms
, 1995
"... Niching methods extend genetic algorithms to domains that require the location and maintenance of multiple solutions. Such domains include classification and machine learning, multimodal function optimization, multiobjective function optimization, and simulation of complex and adaptive systems. This ..."
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Niching methods extend genetic algorithms to domains that require the location and maintenance of multiple solutions. Such domains include classification and machine learning, multimodal function optimization, multiobjective function optimization, and simulation of complex and adaptive systems. This study presents a comprehensive treatment of niching methods and the related topic of population diversity. Its purpose is to analyze existing niching methods and to design improved niching methods. To achieve this purpose, it first develops a general framework for the modelling of niching methods, and then applies this framework to construct models of individual niching methods, specifically crowding and sharing methods. Using a constructed model of crowding, this study determines why crowding methods over the last two decades have not made effective niching methods. A series of tests and design modifications results in the development of a highly effective form of crowding, called determin...
Tackling realcoded genetic algorithms: operators and tools for the behavioural analysis
 Arti Intelligence Reviews
, 1998
"... Abstract. Genetic algorithms play a significant role, as search techniques for handling complex spaces, in many fields such as artificial intelligence, engineering, robotic, etc. Genetic algorithms are based on the underlying genetic process in biological organisms and on the natural evolution prin ..."
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Abstract. Genetic algorithms play a significant role, as search techniques for handling complex spaces, in many fields such as artificial intelligence, engineering, robotic, etc. Genetic algorithms are based on the underlying genetic process in biological organisms and on the natural evolution principles of populations. These algorithms process a population of chromosomes, which represent search space solutions, with three operations: selection, crossover and mutation. Under its initial formulation, the search space solutions are coded using the binary alphabet. However, the good properties related with these algorithms do not stem from the use of this alphabet; other coding types have been considered for the representation issue, such as real coding, which would seem particularly natural when tackling optimization problems of parameters with variables in continuous domains. In this paper we review the features of realcoded genetic algorithms. Different models of genetic operators and some mechanisms available for studying the behaviour of this type of genetic algorithms are revised and compared. Key words: genetic algorithms, real coding, continuous search spaces Abbreviations: GAs – genetic algorithms; BCGA – binarycoded genetic algorithm; RCGA – realcoded genetic algorithm
A Survey of Parallel Genetic Algorithms
 CALCULATEURS PARALLELES, RESEAUX ET SYSTEMS REPARTIS
, 1998
"... Genetic algorithms (GAs) are powerful search techniques that are used successfully to solve problems in many different disciplines. Parallel GAs are particularly easy to implement and promise substantial gains in performance. As such, there has been extensive research in this field. This survey att ..."
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Genetic algorithms (GAs) are powerful search techniques that are used successfully to solve problems in many different disciplines. Parallel GAs are particularly easy to implement and promise substantial gains in performance. As such, there has been extensive research in this field. This survey attempts to collect, organize, and present in a unified way some of the most representative publications on parallel genetic algorithms. To organize the literature, the paper presents a categorization of the techniques used to parallelize GAs, and shows examples of all of them. However, since the majority of the research in this field has concentrated on parallel GAs with multiple populations, the survey focuses on this type of algorithms. Also, the paper describes some of the most significant problems in modeling and designing multipopulation parallel GAs and presents some recent advancements.