Hybrid crossover operators for real-coded genetic algorithms: an experimental study
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- Herrera, F., Lozano, M. & Sánchez, A. Soft Comput (2005) 9: 280. doi:10.1007/s00500-004-0380-9
Most real-coded genetic algorithm research has focused on developing effective crossover operators, and as a result, many different types have been proposed. Some forms of crossover operators are more suitable to tackle certain problems than others, even at the different stages of the genetic process in the same problem. For this reason, techniques which combine multiple crossovers have been suggested as alternative schemes to the common practice of applying only one crossover model to all the elements in the population. Therefore, the study of the synergy produced by combining the different styles of the traversal of solution space associated with the different crossover operators is an important one. The aim is to investigate whether or not the combination of crossovers perform better than the best single crossover amongst them. In this paper we have undertaken an extensive study in which we have examined the synergetic effects among real-parameter crossover operators with different search biases. This has been done by means of hybrid real-parameter crossover operators, which generate two offspring for every pair of parents, each one with a different crossover operator. Experimental results show that synergy is possible among real-parameter crossover operators, and in addition, that it is responsible for improving performance with respect to the use of a single crossover operator.