Authors: Beume, Nicola
Title: Hypervolume based metaheuristics for multiobjective optimization
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: The purpose of multiobjective optimization is to find solutions that are optimal regarding several goals. In the branch of vector or Pareto optimization all these goals are considered to be of equal importance, so that compromise solutions that cannot be improved regarding one goal without deteriorating in another are Paretooptimal. A variety of quality measures exist to evaluate approximations of the Paretooptimal set generated by optimizers, wherein the hypervolume is the most significant one, making the hypervolume calculation a core problem of multiobjective optimization. This thesis tackles that challenge by providing a new hypervolume algorithm from computational geometry and analyzing the problem’s computational complexity. Evolutionary multiobjective optimization algorithms (EMOA) are state-of-the-art methods for Pareto optimization, wherein the hypervolume-based algorithms belong to the most powerful ones, among them the popular SMS-EMOA. After its promising capabilities have already been demonstrated in first studies, this thesis is dedicated to deeper understand the underlying optimization process of the SMS-EMOA and similar algorithms, in order to specify their performance characteristics. Theoretical analyses are accomplished as far as possible with established and newly developed tools. Beyond the limitations of rigorous scrutiny, insights are gained via thorough experimental investigation. All considered problems are continuous, whereas the algorithms are as well applicable to discrete problems. More precisely, the following topics are concerned. The process of approaching the Pareto-optimal set of points is characterized by the convergence speed, which is analyzed for a general framework of EA with hypervolume selection on several classes of bi-objective problems. The results are achieved by a newly developed concept of linking single and multiobjective optimization. The optimization on the Pareto front, that is turning the population into a set with maximal hypervolume, is considered separately, focusing on the question under which circumstances the steady-state selection of exchanging only one population member suffices to reach a global optimum. We answer this question for different bi-objective problem classes. In a benchmarking on so-called many-objective problems of more than three objectives, the qualification of the SMS-EMOA is demonstrated in comparison to other EMOA, while also studying their cause of failure. Within the mentioned examinations, the choice of the hypervolume’s reference point receives special consideration by exposing its influence. Beyond the study of the SMS-EMOA with default setup, it is analyzed to what extent the performance can be improved by parameter tuning of the EMOA anent to certain problems, focusing on the influence of variation operators. Lastly, an optimization algorithm based on the gradient of the hypervolume is developed and hybridized with the SMS-EMOA.
Subject Headings: Evolutionäre Algorithmen
Evolutionary computing
Multiobjective optimization
Search heuristic
Issue Date: 2012-01-31
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