This dissertation describes, demonstrates, and analyzes a new search technique called stochastic iterated genetic hillclimbing (SIGH). SIGH performs function optimizations in high-dimensional, binary vector spaces. Although the technique can be characterized in abstract computational terms, it emerged from research into massively parallel connectionist learning machines, and it has a compact implementation in a connectionist architecture. The behavior generated by the machine displays elements of two existing search techniques—stochastic hillclimbing and genetic search.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David H. Ackley
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  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

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