Overcoming Fitness Barriers in Multi-Modal Search Spaces

Martin J Oates    BT Labs, Adastral Park, Martlesham, Heath, Suffolk, England, IP5 3RE

David Corne    Dept of Computer Science, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6AY

Abstract

In order to test the suitability of an evolutionary algorithm designed for real-world application, thorough parameter testing is needed to establish parameter sensitivity, solution quality reliability, and associated issues. One approach is to produce ‘performance profiles’, which display performance measures against a variety of parameter settings. Interesting and robust features have recently been observed in performance profiles of an evolutionary algorithm applied to a real world problem, which have also been observed ...

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