Fitness Landscape Analysis and Metaheuristics Efficiency

  • Marie-Éléonore MarmionEmail author
  • Laetitia Jourdan
  • Clarisse Dhaenens


Landscape analysis has been identified as a promising way to develop efficient optimization methods. Nevertheless, the links between properties of the landscape and efficiency of methods is not easy to understand. In this article, we propose to give a contribution in this field using a vehicle routing problem as an illustration. Metaheuristics use a neighborhood operator that connects solutions of the search space. Thus, this operator acts on the dynamics of the search and impacts metaheuristics efficiency. Therefore, we characterize two landscapes differenciated by their neighborhood function and then, we analyze the performance of classical metaheuristics using one or the other neighborhood operator. Finally, a discussion provides insights on the relations between results of the landscape analysis and results of methods performance.


Landscape analysis Operator efficiency Routing problems 


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  • Marie-Éléonore Marmion
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laetitia Jourdan
    • 1
  • Clarisse Dhaenens
    • 1
  1. 1.LIFL, Université Lille 1, Inria Lille-Nord EuropeVilleneuve d’AscqFrance

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