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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.
Evolutionary computation: Comments on the history and current state
 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
, 1997
"... Abstract — 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 struc ..."
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Abstract — 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. Index Terms — Classifier systems, evolution strategies, evolutionary computation, evolutionary programming, genetic algorithms,
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...
SelfAdaptation in Genetic Algorithms
 Proceedings of the First European Conference on Artificial Life
, 1992
"... Within Genetic Algorithms (GAs) the mutation rate is mostly handled as a global, external parameter, which is constant over time or exogeneously changed over time. In this paper a new approach is presented, which transfers a basic idea from Evolution Strategies (ESs) to GAs. Mutation rates are chang ..."
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Within Genetic Algorithms (GAs) the mutation rate is mostly handled as a global, external parameter, which is constant over time or exogeneously changed over time. In this paper a new approach is presented, which transfers a basic idea from Evolution Strategies (ESs) to GAs. Mutation rates are changed into endogeneous items which are adapting during the search process. First experimental results are presented, which indicate that environment dependent selfadaptation of appropriate settings for the mutation rate is possible even for GAs. Furthermore, the reduction of the number of external parameters of a GA is seen as a first step towards achieving a problemdependent selfadaptation of the algorithm. Introduction Natural evolution has proven to be a powerful mechanism for emergence and improvement of the living beings on our planet by performing a randomized search in the space of possible DNAsequences. Due to this knowledge about the qualities of natural evolution, some resea...
SearchIntensive Concept Induction
, 1995
"... This paper describes REGAL, a distributed genetic algorithmbased system, designed for learning First Order Logic concept descriptions from examples. The system is a hybrid between the Pittsburgh and the Michigan approaches, as the population constitutes a redundant set of partial concept descriptio ..."
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This paper describes REGAL, a distributed genetic algorithmbased system, designed for learning First Order Logic concept descriptions from examples. The system is a hybrid between the Pittsburgh and the Michigan approaches, as the population constitutes a redundant set of partial concept descriptions, each evolved separately. In order to increase effectiveness, REGAL is specifically tailored to the concept learning task; hence, REGAL is taskdependent, but, on the other hand, domainindependent. The system proved to be particularly robust with respect to parameter setting across a variety of different application domains. REGAL is based on a selection operator, called Universal Suffrage operator, provably allowing the population to asymptotically converge, in average, to an equilibrium state, in which several species coexist. The system is presented both in a serial and in a parallel version, and a new distributed computational model is proposed and discussed. The system has been test...
Deception Considered Harmful
 Foundations of Genetic Algorithms 2
, 1992
"... A central problem in the theory of genetic algorithms is the characterization of problems that are difficult for GAs to optimize. Many attempts to characterize such problems focus on the notion of Deception, defined in terms of the static average fitness of competing schemas. This article examines t ..."
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A central problem in the theory of genetic algorithms is the characterization of problems that are difficult for GAs to optimize. Many attempts to characterize such problems focus on the notion of Deception, defined in terms of the static average fitness of competing schemas. This article examines the Static Building Block Hypothesis (SBBH), the underlying assumption used to define Deception. Exploiting contradictions between the SBBH and the Schema Theorem, we show that Deception is neither necessary nor sufficient for problems to be difficult for GAs. This article argues that the characterization of hard problems must take into account the basic features of genetic algorithms, especially their dynamic, biased sampling strategy. Keywords: Deception, building block hypothesis 1 INTRODUCTION Since Holland's early work on the analysis of genetic algorithms (GAs), the usual approach has been to focus on the allocation of search effort to subspaces described by schemas representing hyper...
Schemata evolution and building blocks
 Evolutionary Computation
, 1999
"... In the light of a recently derived evolution equation for genetic algorithms we consider the schema theorem and the building block hypothesis. We derive a schema theorem based on the concept of effective fitness showing that schemata of higher than average effective fitness receive an exponentially ..."
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In the light of a recently derived evolution equation for genetic algorithms we consider the schema theorem and the building block hypothesis. We derive a schema theorem based on the concept of effective fitness showing that schemata of higher than average effective fitness receive an exponentially increasing number of trials over time. The equation makes manifest the content of the building block hypothesis showing how fit schemata are constructed from fit subschemata. However, we show that generically there is no preference for short, loworder schemata. In the case where schema reconstruction is favored over schema destruction large schemata tend to be favored. As a corollary of the evolution equation we prove Geiringer’s theorem.
Adapting Crossover in Evolutionary Algorithms
 Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming
, 1995
"... One of the issues in evolutionary algorithms (EAs) is the relative importance of two search operators: mutation and crossover. Genetic algorithms (GAs) and genetic programming (GP) stress the role of crossover, while evolutionary programming (EP) and evolution strategies (ESs) stress the role of mut ..."
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One of the issues in evolutionary algorithms (EAs) is the relative importance of two search operators: mutation and crossover. Genetic algorithms (GAs) and genetic programming (GP) stress the role of crossover, while evolutionary programming (EP) and evolution strategies (ESs) stress the role of mutation. The existence of many different forms of crossover further complicates the issue. Despite theoretical analysis, it appears difficult to decide a priori which form of crossover to use, or even if crossover should be used at all. One possible solution to this difficulty is to have the EA be selfadaptive, i.e., to have the EA dynamically modify which forms of crossover to use and how often to use them, as it solves a problem. This paper describes an adaptive mechanism for controlling the use of crossover in an EA and explores the behavior of this mechanism in a number of different situations. An improvement to the adaptive mechanism is then presented. Surprisingly this improvement can a...
Rigorous Hitting Times for Binary Mutations
, 1999
"... In the binary evolutionary optimization framework, two mutation operators are theoretically investigated. For both the standard mutation, in which all bits are flipped independently with the same probability, and the 1bitflip mutation, which flips exactly one bit per bitstring, the statistical dis ..."
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In the binary evolutionary optimization framework, two mutation operators are theoretically investigated. For both the standard mutation, in which all bits are flipped independently with the same probability, and the 1bitflip mutation, which flips exactly one bit per bitstring, the statistical distribution of the first hitting times of the target are thoroughly computed (expectation and variance) up to terms of order l (the size of the bitstrings) in two distinct situations: without any selection, or with the deterministic (1+1)ES selection on the OneMax problem. In both cases, the 1bitflip mutation convergence time is smaller by a constant (in terms of l) multiplicative factor. These results extend to the case of multiple independent optimizers. Keywords Evolutionary algorithms, stochastic analysis, binary mutations, Markov chains, hitting times. 1 Introduction One known drawback of Evolutionary Algorithms as function optimizers is the amount of computational efforts they re...
Statistical dynamics of the Royal Road genetic algorithm
 Theoretical Computer Science
, 1999
"... Metastability is a common phenomenon. Many evolutionary processes, both natural and artificial, alternate between periods of stasis and brief periods of rapid change in their behavior. In this paper an analytical model for the dynamics of a mutationonly genetic algorithm (GA) is introduced that iden ..."
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Metastability is a common phenomenon. Many evolutionary processes, both natural and artificial, alternate between periods of stasis and brief periods of rapid change in their behavior. In this paper an analytical model for the dynamics of a mutationonly genetic algorithm (GA) is introduced that identifies a new and general mechanism causing metastability in evolutionary dynamics. The GA’s population dynamics is described in terms of flows in the space of fitness distributions. The trajectories through fitness distribution space are derived in closed form in the limit of infinite populations. We then show how finite populations induce metastability, even in regions where fitness does not exhibit a local optimum. In particular, the model predicts the occurrence of “fitness epochs”—periods of stasis in population fitness distributions—at finite population size and identifies the locations of these fitness epochs with the flow’s hyperbolic fixed points. This enables exact predictions of the metastable fitness distributions during the fitness epochs, as well as giving insight into the nature of the periods of stasis and the innovations between them. All these results are obtained as closedform expressions in terms of the GA’s parameters.