Mixing, Control Maps, and Genetic Algorithm Success
On the face of it, the previous chapter would seem like good news. After all, solution accuracy and reliability were predictably controlled using nothing more than appropriate (sub- or near-linear) population sizing. Moreover, this happy circumstance appeared to occur on both easy and hard problems. But closer scrutiny of the presented results shows that all is not necessarily well. In the last chapter, and in previous works on population sizing, when difficult problems were tested, tight linkage was assumed. That is, alleles contributing to a difficult building block were assumed to be physically close to one another, and crossover operators such as single-point crossover were used to facilitate the necessary exchange of intact building blocks with high probability.
KeywordsBuilding Block Crossover Operator Hard Problem Good Individual Easy Problem
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