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Title: A general framework of multi-population methods with clustering in undetectable dynamic environments
Authors: Li, C
Yang, S
Keywords: Clustering;Dynamic optimization problem;Undetectable dynamism;Multiple population methods;Particle swarm optimization;Genetic algorithm;Differential evolution
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Forthcoming 2011
Abstract: To solve dynamic optimization problems, multiple population methods are used to enhance the population diversity for an algorithm with the aim of maintaining multiple populations in different sub-areas in the fitness landscape. Many experimental studies have shown that locating and tracking multiple relatively good optima rather than a single global optimum is an effective idea in dynamic environments. However, several challenges need to be addressed when multi-population methods are applied, e.g., how to create multiple populations, how to maintain them in different sub-areas, and how to deal with the situation where changes can not be detected or predicted. To address these issues, this paper investigates a hierarchical clustering method to locate and track multiple optima for dynamic optimization problems. To deal with undetectable dynamic environments, this paper applies the random immigrants method without change detection based on a mechanism that can automatically reduce redundant individuals in the search space throughout the run. These methods are implemented into several research areas, including particle swarm optimization, genetic algorithm, and differential evolution. An experimental study is conducted based on the moving peaks benchmark to test the performance with several other algorithms from the literature. The experimental results show the efficiency of the clustering method for locating and tracking multiple optima in comparison with other algorithms based on multi-population methods on the moving peaks benchmark.
Description: Copyright @ 2011 IEEE
ISSN: 1089-778X
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