Genetic Programming

Volume 2610 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 317-326


The Effect of Plagues in Genetic Programming: A Study of Variable-Size Populations

  • Francisco FernandezAffiliated withComputer Science DepartmentCentro Universitario de Merida, University of Extremadura
  • , Leonardo VanneschiAffiliated withComputer Science Institute, University of Lausanne
  • , Marco TomassiniAffiliated withComputer Science Institute, University of Lausanne

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A study on the effect of variable size populations in genetic programming is presented in this work.We apply the idea of plague (high desease of individuals).We show that although plagues are generally considered as negative events, they can help populations to save computing time and at the same time surviving individuals can reach high peaks in the fitness landscape.