Information Theoretic Classification of Problems for Metaheuristics

  • Kent C. B. Steer
  • Andrew Wirth
  • Saman K. Halgamuge
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5361)


This paper proposes a model for metaheuristic research which recognises the need to match algorithms to problems. An empirical approach to producing a mapping from problems to algorithms is presented. This mapping, if successful, will encapsulate the knowledge gained from the application of metaheuristics to the spectrum of real problems. Information theoretic measures are suggested as a means of associating a dominant algorithm with a set of problems.


Metaheuristics information theory optimisation problem classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kent C. B. Steer
    • 1
  • Andrew Wirth
    • 1
  • Saman K. Halgamuge
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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