Authors: Meyer-Nieberg, Silja
Title: Self-adaptation in evolution strategies
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: In this thesis, an analysis of self-adaptative evolution strategies (ES) is provided. Evolution strategies are population-based search heuristics usually applied in continuous search spaces which ultilize the evolutionary principles of recombination, mutation, and selection. Self-Adaptation in evolution strategies usually aims at steering the mutation process. The mutation process depends on several parameters, most notably, on the mutation strength. In a sense, this parameter controls the spread of the population due to random mutation. The mutation strength has to be varied during the optimization process: A mutation strength that was advantageous in the beginning of the run, for instance, when the ES was far away from the optimizer, may become unsuitable when the ES is close to optimizer. Self-Adaptation is one of the means applied. In short, self-adaptation means that the adaptation of the mutation strength is left to the ES itself. The mutation strength becomes a part of an individual’s genome and is also subject to recombination and mutation. Provided that the resulting offspring has a sufficiently “good” fitness, it is selected into the parent population. Two types of evolution strategies are considered in this thesis: The (1,lambda)-ES with one parent and lambda offspring and intermediate ES with a parental population with mu individuals. The latter ES-type applies intermediate recombination in the creation of the offspring. Furthermore, the analysis is restricted to two types of fitness functions: the sphere model and ridge functions. The thesis uses a dynamic systems approach, the evolution equations first introduced by Hans-Georg Beyer, and analyzes the mean value dynamics of the ES.
Subject Headings: Evolution strategies
Dynamic systems
Issue Date: 2008-02-26T11:30:19Z
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