General subpopulation framework and taming the conflict inside populations

Danilo Vasconcellos Vargas, Junichi Murata, Hirotaka Takano, Alexandre Cláudio Botazzo Delbem

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Structured evolutionary algorithms have been investigated for some time. However, they have been under explored especially in the field of multi-objective optimization. Despite good results, the use of complex dynamics and structures keep the understanding and adoption rate of structured evolutionary algorithms low. Here, we propose a general subpopulation framework that has the capability of integrating optimization algorithms without restrictions as well as aiding the design of structured algorithms. The proposed framework is capable of generalizing most of the structured evolutionary algorithms, such as cellular algorithms, island models, spatial predator-prey, and restricted mating based algorithms. Moreover, we propose two algorithms based on the general subpopulation framework, demonstrating that with the simple addition of a number of single-objective differential evolution algorithms for each objective, the results improve greatly, even when the combined algorithms behave poorly when evaluated alone at the tests. Most importantly, the comparison between the subpopulation algorithms and their related panmictic algorithms suggests that the competition between different strategies inside one population can have deleterious consequences for an algorithm and reveals a strong benefit of using the subpopulation framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalEvolutionary Computation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mathematics


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