Large Population or Many Generations for Genetic Algorithms? Implications in Information Retrieval

  • Dana Vrajitoru
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 50)


Artificial intelligence models may be used to improve performance of information retrieval (IR) systems and the genetic algorithms (GAs) are an example of such a model. This paper presents an application of GAs as a relevance feedback method aiming to improve the document representation and indexing. In this particular form of GAs, various document descriptions compete with each other and a better collection indexing is sought through reproduction, crossover and mutation operations. In this paradigm, we are searching for the optimal balance between two genetic parameters: the population size and the number of generations. We try to discover the optimal parameter choice both by experiments using the CACM and CISI collections, and by a theoretical analysis providing explanation of the experimental results. The general conclusion tends to be that larger populations have better chance of significantly improving the effectiveness of retrieval.


Genetic Algorithm Information Retrieval Relevant Document Average Precision Relevance Feedback 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana Vrajitoru
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  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsEPFLLausanneSwitzerland

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