Genetic algorithms and directed adaptation

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/3-540-58483-8_9

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 865)
Cite this paper as:
Coyne J., Paton R. (1994) Genetic algorithms and directed adaptation. In: Fogarty T.C. (eds) Evolutionary Computing. AISB EC 1994. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 865. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper presents a case for the value of “talkback” in genetic algorithms. Talkback is described in terms of an environmentally imprinted adaptation occurring at loci on the genotype, not expressed phenotypically but acting as control parameters for evolution. Motivations are presented drawing on examples of directed adaptation in nature and the field of optimised search. A model is described based on directed adaptation and the results of experiments, acting at the level of both the population and the individual, are presented.


genetic algorithms directed adaptation Lamarckianism regulators environmental talkback 


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© Springer-Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Liverpool Biocomputation Group, Department of Computer ScienceThe University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Econostat Ltd.Wargrave

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