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Benefits of a Population: Five Mechanisms That Advantage Population-Based Algorithms

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Benefits of a Population: Five Mechanisms That Advantage Population-Based Algorithms
This paper identifies five distinct mechanisms by which a population-based algorithm might have an advantage over a solo-search algorithm in classical optimization. These mechanisms are illustrated through a number of toy problems. Simulations are presented comparing different search algorithms on these problems. The plausibility of these mechanisms occurring in classical optimization problems is discussed. The first mechanism we consider relies on putting together building blocks from different solutions. This is extended to include problems containing critical variables. The second mechanism is the result of focusing of the search caused by crossover. Also discussed in this context is strong focusing produced by averaging many solutions. The next mechanism to be examined is the ability of a population to act as a low-pass filter of the landscape, ignoring local distractions. The fourth mechanism is a population's ability to search different parts of the fitness landscape, thus h...
Adam Prügel-Bennett
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where TEC
Authors Adam Prügel-Bennett
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