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PopulationBased Incremental Learning: A Method for Integrating Genetic Search Based Function Optimization and Competitive Learning
, 1994
"... Genetic algorithms (GAs) are biologically motivated adaptive systems which have been used, with varying degrees of success, for function optimization. In this study, an abstraction of the basic genetic algorithm, the Equilibrium Genetic Algorithm (EGA), and the GA in turn, are reconsidered within th ..."
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Genetic algorithms (GAs) are biologically motivated adaptive systems which have been used, with varying degrees of success, for function optimization. In this study, an abstraction of the basic genetic algorithm, the Equilibrium Genetic Algorithm (EGA), and the GA in turn, are reconsidered within the framework of competitive learning. This new perspective reveals a number of different possibilities for performance improvements. This paper explores populationbased incremental learning (PBIL), a method of combining the mechanisms of a generational genetic algorithm with simple competitive learning. The combination of these two methods reveals a tool which is far simpler than a GA, and which outperforms a GA on large set of optimization problems in terms of both speed and accuracy. This paper presents an empirical analysis of where the proposed technique will outperform genetic algorithms, and describes a class of problems in which a genetic algorithm may be able to perform better. Extensions to this algorithm are discussed and analyzed. PBIL and extensions are compared with a standard GA on twelve problems, including standard numerical optimization functions, traditional GA test suite problems, and NPComplete problems.
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,
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.
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...
An Indexed Bibliography of Genetic Algorithms in Power Engineering
, 1995
"... s: Jan. 1992  Dec. 1994 ffl CTI: Current Technology Index Jan./Feb. 1993  Jan./Feb. 1994 ffl DAI: Dissertation Abstracts International: Vol. 53 No. 1  Vol. 55 No. 4 (1994) ffl EEA: Electrical & Electronics Abstracts: Jan. 1991  Dec. 1994 ffl P: Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings: Ja ..."
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s: Jan. 1992  Dec. 1994 ffl CTI: Current Technology Index Jan./Feb. 1993  Jan./Feb. 1994 ffl DAI: Dissertation Abstracts International: Vol. 53 No. 1  Vol. 55 No. 4 (1994) ffl EEA: Electrical & Electronics Abstracts: Jan. 1991  Dec. 1994 ffl P: Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings: Jan. 1986  Feb. 1995 (except Nov. 1994) ffl EI A: The Engineering Index Annual: 1987  1992 ffl EI M: The Engineering Index Monthly: Jan. 1993  Dec. 1994 The following GA researchers have already kindly supplied their complete autobibliographies and/or proofread references to their papers: Dan Adler, Patrick Argos, Jarmo T. Alander, James E. Baker, Wolfgang Banzhaf, Ralf Bruns, I. L. Bukatova, Thomas Back, Yuval Davidor, Dipankar Dasgupta, Marco Dorigo, Bogdan Filipic, Terence C. Fogarty, David B. Fogel, Toshio Fukuda, Hugo de Garis, Robert C. Glen, David E. Goldberg, Martina GorgesSchleuter, Jeffrey Horn, Aristides T. Hatjimihail, Mark J. Jakiela, Richard S. Judson, Akihiko Konaga...
A Summary of Research on Parallel Genetic Algorithms
, 1995
"... The main goal of this paper is to summarize the previous research on parallel genetic algorithms. We present an extension to previous categorizations of the parallelization techniques used in this field. We will use this categorization to guide us through a review of many of the most important publi ..."
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The main goal of this paper is to summarize the previous research on parallel genetic algorithms. We present an extension to previous categorizations of the parallelization techniques used in this field. We will use this categorization to guide us through a review of many of the most important publications. We will build on this survey to try to identify some of the problems that have not been studied systematically yet. 1 Introduction Genetic Algorithms (GAs) are efficient search methods based on principles of natural selection and population genetics. They are being successfully applied to problems in business, engineering and science (Goldberg, 1994). GAs use randomized operators operating over a population of candidate solutions to generate new points in the search space. In the past few years, parallel genetic algorithms (PGAs) have been used to solve difficult problems. Hard problems need a bigger population and this translates directly into higher computational costs. The basic...
An Analysis of the Effects of Neighborhood Size and Shape on Local Selection Algorithms
, 1996
"... . The increasing availability of finelygrained parallel architectures has resulted in a variety of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) in which the population is spatially distributed and local selection algorithms operate in parallel on small, overlapping neighborhoods. The effects of design choices reg ..."
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. The increasing availability of finelygrained parallel architectures has resulted in a variety of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) in which the population is spatially distributed and local selection algorithms operate in parallel on small, overlapping neighborhoods. The effects of design choices regarding the particular type of local selection algorithm as well as the size and shape of the neighborhood are not particularly well understood and are generally tested empirically. In this paper we extend the techniques used to more formally analyze selection methods for sequential EAs and apply them to local neighborhood models, resulting in a much clearer understanding of the effects of neighborhood size and shape. 1 Introduction Adapting evolutionary algorithms to exploit the power of finelygrained parallel architectures poses a number of interesting design issues. A standard approach is to use spatially structured populations in which local selection algorithms operate in parallel on s...
The exploration/exploitation tradeoff in dynamic cellular genetic algorithms
 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
, 2005
"... Abstract—This paper studies static and dynamic decentralized versions of the search model known as cellular genetic algorithm (cGA), in which individuals are located in a specific topology and interact only with their neighbors. Making changes in the shape of such topology or in the neighborhood may ..."
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Abstract—This paper studies static and dynamic decentralized versions of the search model known as cellular genetic algorithm (cGA), in which individuals are located in a specific topology and interact only with their neighbors. Making changes in the shape of such topology or in the neighborhood may give birth to a high number of algorithmic variants. We perform these changes in a methodological way by tuning the concept of ratio. Since the relationship (ratio) between the topology and the neighborhood shape defines the search selection pressure, we propose to analyze in depth the influence of this ratio on the exploration/exploitation tradeoff. As we will see, it is difficult to decide which ratio is best suited for a given problem. Therefore, we introduce a preprogrammed change of this ratio during the evolution as a possible additional improvement that removes the need of specifying a single ratio. A later refinement will lead us to the first adaptive dynamic kind of cellular models to our knowledge. We conclude that these dynamic cGAs have the most desirable behavior among all the evaluated ones in terms of efficiency and accuracy; we validate our results on a set of seven different problems of considerable complexity in order to better sustain our conclusions. Index Terms—Cellular genetic algorithm (cGA), evolutionary algorithm (EA), dynamic adaptation, neighborhoodtopopulation ratio. I.
On Decentralizing Selection Algorithms
 In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Genetic Algorithms
, 1995
"... The increasing availability of parallel computing architectures provides an opportunity to exploit this power as we scale up evolutionary algorithms (EAs) to solve more complex problems. To effectively exploit fine grained parallel architectures, the control structure of an EA must be decentralized. ..."
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The increasing availability of parallel computing architectures provides an opportunity to exploit this power as we scale up evolutionary algorithms (EAs) to solve more complex problems. To effectively exploit fine grained parallel architectures, the control structure of an EA must be decentralized. This is difficult to achieve without also changing the semantics of the selection algorithm used, which in turn generally produces changes in an EA's problem solving behavior. In this paper we analyze the implications of various decentralized selection algorithms by studying the changes they produce on the characteristics of the selection pressure they induce on the entire population. This approach has resulted in significant insight into the importance of selection variance and local elitism in designing effective distributed selection algorithms. 1 INTRODUCTION One of the frequently stated virtues of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) is their "natural" parallelism. The increasing availabili...
Population Based Incremental Learning: A Method for Integrating Genetic Search Based Function Optimization and Competitve Learning
, 1994
"... Genetic algorithms (GAs) are biologically motivated adaptive systems which have been used, with varying degrees of success, for function optimization. In this study, an abstraction of the basic genetic algorithm, the Equilibrium Genetic Algorithm (EGA), and the GA in turn, are reconsidered within ..."
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Genetic algorithms (GAs) are biologically motivated adaptive systems which have been used, with varying degrees of success, for function optimization. In this study, an abstraction of the basic genetic algorithm, the Equilibrium Genetic Algorithm (EGA), and the GA in turn, are reconsidered within the framework of competitive learning. This new perspective reveals a number of different possibilities for performance improvements. This paper explores population based incremental learning (PBIL), a method of combining the mechanisms of a generational genetic algorithm with simple competitive learning. The combination of these two methods reveals a tool which is far simpler than a GA, and which outperforms a GA on large set of optimization problems in terms of both speed and accuracy. This paper presents an empirical analysis of where the proposed technique will outperform genetic algorithms, and describes a class of problems in which a genetic algorithm may be able to perform b...