A Comparison of Cartesian Genetic Programming and Linear Genetic Programming

  • Garnett Wilson
  • Wolfgang Banzhaf
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4971)


Two prominent genetic programming approaches are the graph-based Cartesian Genetic Programming (CGP) and Linear Genetic Programming (LGP). Recently, a formal algorithm for constructing a directed acyclic graph (DAG) from a classical LGP instruction sequence has been established. Given graph-based LGP and traditional CGP, this paper investigates the similarities and differences between the two implementations, and establishes that the significant difference between them is each algorithm’s means of restricting inter-connectivity of nodes. The work then goes on to compare the performance of two representations each (with varied connectivity) of LGP and CGP to a directed cyclic graph (DCG) GP with no connectivity restrictions on a medical classification and regression benchmark.


Linear Genetic Programming Cartesian Genetic Programming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garnett Wilson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Banzhaf
    • 1
  1. 1.Memorial Univeristy of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Verafin, Inc.St. John’sCanada

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