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Parallel Problem Solving from Nature - PPSN VIII

Volume 3242 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 172-181

Statistical Racing Techniques for Improved Empirical Evaluation of Evolutionary Algorithms

  • Bo YuanAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
  • , Marcus GallagherAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland

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Abstract

In empirical studies of Evolutionary Algorithms, it is usually desirable to evaluate and compare algorithms using as many different parameter settings and test problems as possible, in order to have a clear and detailed picture of their performance. Unfortunately, the total number of experiments required may be very large, which often makes such research work computationally prohibitive. In this paper, the application of a statistical method called racing is proposed as a general-purpose tool to reduce the computational requirements of large-scale experimental studies in evolutionary algorithms. Experimental results are presented that show that racing typically requires only a small fraction of the cost of an exhaustive experimental study.