On the runtime dynamics of the compact genetic algorithm on jump functions

Václav Hasenöhrl, Andrew M Sutton

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Abstract

Jump functions were originally introduced as benchmarks on which recombinant evolutionary algorithms can provably outperform those that use mutation alone. To optimize a jump function, an algorithm must be able to execute an initial hill-climbing phase, after which a point across a large gap must be generated. Standard GAs mix mutation and crossover to achieve both behaviors. It seems likely that other techniques, such as estimation of distribution algorithms (EDAs) may exhibit such behavior, but an analysis is so far missing. We analyze an EDA called the compact Genetic Algorithm (cGA) on jump functions with gap k. We prove that the cGA initially exhibits a strong positive drift resulting in good hillclimbing behavior. Interpreting the diversity of the process as the variance of the underlying probabilistic model, we show the existence of a critical point beyond which progress slows and diversity vanishes. If k is not too large, the cGA generates with high probability an optimal solution in polynomial time before losing diversity. For k = Ω(logn), this yields a superpolynomial speedup over mutation-only approaches. We show a small modification that creates > 2 offspring boosts the critical threshold and allows the cGA to solve functions with a larger gap within the same number of fitness evaluations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGECCO 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages967-974
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356183
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2 2018
Event2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2018 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Jul 15 2018Jul 19 2018

Publication series

NameGECCO 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference

Other

Other2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, GECCO 2018
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period7/15/187/19/18

Keywords

  • Estimation of distribution algorithms
  • Running time analysis
  • Theory

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    Hasenöhrl, V., & Sutton, A. M. (2018). On the runtime dynamics of the compact genetic algorithm on jump functions. In GECCO 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (pp. 967-974). (GECCO 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3205455.3205608