The Equilibrium and Transient Behavior of Mutation and Recombination

William M. Spears    AI Center - Code 5515, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 20375


This paper investigates the limiting distributions for mutation and recombination. The paper shows a tight link between standard schema theories of recombination and the speed at which recombination operators drive a population to equilibrium. A similar analysis is performed for mutation. Finally the paper characterizes how a population undergoing recombination and mutation evolves.


In a previous paper Booker (1992) showed how the theory of “recombination distributions” can be used to analyze evolutionary algorithms (EAs). First, Booker re-examined ...

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