Experimental Investigation of Recombination Operators for Differential Evolution

Felipe Campelo, Moisés Botelho

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    This paper presents a systematic investigation of the effects of sixteen recombination operators for real-coded spaces on the performance of Differential Evolution. A unified description of the operators in terms of mathematical operations of vectors is presented, and a standardized implementation is provided in the form of an R package. The objectives are to simplify the examination of similarities and differences between operators as well as the understanding of their effects on the population, and to provide a platform in which future operators can be incorporated and evaluated. An experimental comparison of the recombination operators is conducted using twenty-eight test problems, and the results are used to discuss possibly promising directions in the development of improved operators for differential evolution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO '16
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781450342063
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2016

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