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A comparative study of local search within a surrogate-assisted multi-objective memetic algorithm framework for expensive problems

Palar, PS and Tsuchiya, T and Parks, GT (2016) A comparative study of local search within a surrogate-assisted multi-objective memetic algorithm framework for expensive problems. Applied Soft Computing Journal, 43. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1568-4946

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Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. A comparative study of the impacts of various local search methodologies for the surrogate-assisted multi-objective memetic algorithm (MOMA) is presented in this paper. The base algorithm for the comparative study is the single surrogate-assisted MOMA (SS-MOMA) with the main aim being to solve expensive problems with a limited computational budget. In addition to the standard weighted sum (WS) method used in the original SS-MOMA, we studied the capabilities of other local search methods based on the achievement scalarizing function (ASF), Chebyshev function, and random mutation hill climber (RMHC) in various test problems. Several practical aspects, such as normalization and constraint handling, were also studied and implemented to deal with real-world problems. Results from the test problems showed that, in general, the SS-MOMA with ASF and Chebyshev functions was able to find higher-quality solutions that were more robust than those found with WS or RMHC; although on problems with more complicated Pareto sets SS-MOMA-WS appeared as the best. SS-MOMA-ASF in conjunction with the Chebyshev function was then tested on an airfoil-optimization problem and compared with SS-MOMA-WS and the non-dominated sorting based genetic algorithm-II (NSGA-II). The results from the airfoil problem clearly showed that SS-MOMA with an achievement-type function could find more diverse solutions than SS-MOMA-WS and NSGA-II. This suggested that for real-world applications, higher-quality solutions are more likely to be found when the surrogate-based memetic optimizer is equipped with ASF or a Chebyshev function than with other local search methods.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:59
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 03:05
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