Prof. Emo Welzl and Prof. Bernd Gärtner
|Mittagsseminar Talk Information|
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 12:15 pm
Duration: This information is not available in the database
Location: OAT S15/S16/S17
Speaker: Pietro Oliveto (Univ. of Birmingham, UK)
Maintaining diversity is important for the performance of evolutionary algorithms. Diversity mechanisms can enhance global exploration of the search space and enable crossover to find dissimilar individuals for recombination. We focus on the global exploration capabilities of mutation-based algorithms. Using a simple bimodal test function and rigorous runtime analyses, we compare well-known diversity mechanisms like deterministic crowding, fitness sharing, and others with a plain algorithm without diversification. We show that diversification is necessary for global exploration, but not all mechanisms succeed in finding both optima efficiently. Our theoretical results are accompanied by additional experiments for different population sizes.
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