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Evolutionary Algorithms: The Role of Mutation and Recombination

Series: Natural Computing Series

By: WM Spears

222 pages, 55 figs, 23 tabs

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #150503 | ISBN: 3540669507
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NHBS Price: £104.50 $133/€125 approx

About this book

This book provides a characterization of the roles that recombination and mutation play in evolutionary algorithms. It integrates prior theoretical work and introduces new theoretical techniques for studying evolutionary algorithms. An aggregation algorithm for Markov chains is introduced which is useful for studying not only evolutionary algorithms specifically, but also complex systems in general. Practical consequences of the theory are explored and a novel method for comparing search and optimization algorithms is introduced. A focus on discrete rather than real-valued representations allows the book to bridge multiple communities, including evolutionary biologists and population geneticists.


Contents

Glossary.- Part I. Setting the Stage: Introduction.- Background.- Part II. Static Theoretical Analyses: A Survival Schema Theory for Recombination.- A Construction Schema Theory for Recombination.- Survival and Construction Schema Theory for Recombination.- A Survival Schema Theory for Mutation.- A Construction Schema Theory for Mutation.- Schema Theory: Mutation versus Recombination.- Other Static Characterizations of Mutation and Recombination.- Part III. Dynamic Theoretical Analyses: Dynamic Analyses of Mutation and Recombination.- A Dynamic Model of Selection and Mutation.- A Dynamic Model of Selection, Recombination and Mutation.- An Aggregation Algorithm for Markov Chains.- Part IV. Empirical Analyses: Empirical Validation.- Part V. Summary: Summary and Discussion.- Appendix: Formal Computations for the Aggregation Algorithm.- Bibliography.


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