Multi-strategy differential evolution

A. Yaman, G. Iacca, M. Coler, G.H.L. Fletcher, M. Pechenizkiy

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We propose the Multi-strategy Differential Evolution (MsDE) algorithm to construct and maintain a self-adaptive ensemble of search strategies while solving an optimization problem. The ensemble of strategies is represented as agents that interact with the candidate solutions to improve their fitness. In the proposed algorithm, the performance of each agent is measured so that successful strategies are promoted within the ensemble. We propose two performance measures, and show their effectiveness in selecting successful strategies. We then present three population adaptation mechanisms, based on sampling, clone-best and clone-multiple adaptation schemes. The MsDE with different performance measures and population adaptation schemes is tested on the CEC2013 benchmark functions and compared with basic DE and with Self-Adaptive DE (SaDE). Our results show that MsDE is capable of efficiently adapting the strategies and parameters of DE and providing competitive results with respect to the state-of-the-art
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications of Evolutionary Computation
Subtitle of host publication21st International Conference, EvoApplications 2018, Parma, Italy, April 4-6, 2018, Proceedings
EditorsKevin Sim, Paul Kaufmann
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-77538-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-77537-1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018
Event21st International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computing (EvoApplications 2018) - Parma, Italy
Duration: 4 Apr 20186 Apr 2018
Conference number: 21

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Conference21st International Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computing (EvoApplications 2018)
Abbreviated titleEvoApplications 2018
OtherHeld as part of the EvoStar 2018 event in Parma, Italy, April 2018
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  • Continuous optimization
  • Differential evolution
  • Parameter control
  • Strategy adaptation

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