Exact Computation of the Fitness-Distance Correlation for Pseudoboolean Functions with One Global Optimum

  • Francisco Chicano
  • Enrique Alba
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7245)


Landscape theory provides a formal framework in which combinatorial optimization problems can be theoretically characterized as a sum of a special kind of landscapes called elementary landscapes. The decomposition of the objective function of a problem into its elementary components can be exploited to compute summary statistics. We present closed-form expressions for the fitness-distance correlation (FDC) based on the elementary landscape decomposition of the problems defined over binary strings in which the objective function has one global optimum. We present some theoretical results that raise some doubts on using FDC as a measure of problem difficulty.


Landscape theory fitness landscapes fitness-distance correlation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Chicano
    • 1
  • Enrique Alba
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MálagaSpain

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