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A coarse-grained parallel genetic algorithm employing cluster analysis for multi-modal numerical optimisation
journal contributionposted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by Y Yang, J Vincent, Guy Littlefair
This paper describes a technique for improving the performance of parallel genetic algorithms on multi-modal numerical optimisation problems. It employs a cluster analysis algorithm to identify regions of the search space in which more than one sub-population is sampling. Overlapping clusters are merged in one sub-population whilst a simple derating function is applied to samples in all other sub-populations to discourage them from further sampling in that region. This approach leads to a better distribution of the search effort across multiple subpopulations and helps to prevent premature convergence. On the test problems used, significant performance improvements over the traditional island model implementation are realised.