Sex as Gibbs Sampling: a probability model of evolution

12 Feb 2014Chris WatkinsYvonne Buttkewitz

We show that evolutionary computation can be implemented as standard Markov-chain Monte-Carlo (MCMC) sampling. With some care, `genetic algorithms' can be constructed that are reversible Markov chains that satisfy detailed balance; it follows that the stationary distribution of populations is a Gibbs distribution in a simple factorised form... (read more)

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