Heterogeneous Co-evolving Parasites

  • J. Holmes
  • T. W. Routen
  • C. A. Czarnecki
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This paper investigates a development of Hillis’ co-evolving parasites scheme and looks at how it might be used for job-shop scheduling problems. It suggests that a problem defined by orthogonal constraints may be solved using multiple types of co-evolving parasite.

Areas of specialisation permit the development of solutions specialised for certain constraints; overlaps of these areas create hybrids which combat multiple kinds of parasite and therefore provide solutions.

The main advantage of such a technique is that it permits the use of an evolutionary approach without requiring the specification of a fitness function, which is problematic for many real-world problems.


Schedule Problem Parasite Gene Valid Region Sorting Network Valid Schedule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Holmes
    • 1
  • T. W. Routen
    • 1
  • C. A. Czarnecki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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