Date: 13 May 2003

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

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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.