"A genetic algorithm is a technique designed to search large problem spaces using the Darwinian concepts of evolution. Solution representations are treated as living organisms. The procedure attempts to evolve increasingly superior solutions. As in natural genetics, however, there is no guarantee that the optimum organism will be produced.
One of the problems in producing optimal organisms in a genetic algorithm is the difficulty of premature convergence. Premature convergence occurs when the organisms converge in similarity to a pattern which is sub-optimal, but insufficient genetic material is present to continue the search beyond this sub-optimal level, called a local maximum.
The prevention of premature convergence of the organisms is crucial to the success of most genetic algorithms. In order to prevent such convergence, numerous operators have been developed and refined. All such operators, however, rely on the property of the underlying problem that the evaluation of individuals is a computationally inexpensive process.
In this paper, the design of genetic algorithms which intentionally converge rapidly is addressed. The design considerations are outlined, and the concept is applied to an NP-Complete problem, known as a Crozzle, which does not have an inexpensive evaluation function. This property would normally make the Crozzle unsuitable for processing by a genetic algorithm. It is shown that a rapidly converging genetic algorithm can successfully reduce the effective complexity of the problem"--Abstract, page iii.
Wilkerson, Ralph W.
Zobrist, George W. (George Winston), 1934-
Ho, C. Y. (Chung You), 1933-1988
St. Clair, Daniel C.
Ph. D. in Computer Science
University of Missouri--Rolla
viii, 102 pages
© 1993 Richard Patrick Rankin, All rights reserved.
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Rankin, Richard Patrick, "Considerations for rapidly converging genetic algorithms designed for application to problems with expensive evaluation functions" (1993). Doctoral Dissertations. 1012.
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