Temporal Heterogeneity Improves Speed and Convergence in Genetic Algorithms

2 Feb 2022  ·  Yoshio Martinez, Katya Rodriguez, Carlos Gershenson ·

Genetic algorithms have been used in recent decades to solve a broad variety of search problems. These algorithms simulate natural selection to explore a parameter space in search of solutions for a broad variety of problems. In this paper, we explore the effects of introducing temporal heterogeneity in genetic algorithms. In particular, we set the crossover probability to be inversely proportional to the individual's fitness, i.e., better solutions change slower than those with a lower fitness. As case studies, we apply heterogeneity to solve the $N$-Queens and Traveling Salesperson problems. We find that temporal heterogeneity consistently improves search without having prior knowledge of the parameter space.

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