Solving Multiobjective Optimization Problem by Constraint Optimization

  • He Jiang
  • Shuyan Zhang
  • Zhilei Ren
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6238)


Multiobjective optimization problems (MOPs) have attracted intensive efforts from AI community and many multiobjective evolutionary algorithms (MOEAs) were proposed to tackle MOPs. In addition, a few researchers exploited MOEAs to solve constraint optimization problems (COPs). In this paper, we investigate how to tackle a MOP by iteratively solving a series of COPs and propose the algorithm named multiobjective evolutionary algorithm based on constraint optimization (MEACO). In contrast to existing MOEAs, MEACO requires no complex selection mechanism or elitism strategy in solving MOPs. Given a MOP, MEACO firstly constructs a new COP by transforming all but one of objective functions into constraints. Then, the optimal solution of this COP is computed by a subroutine evolutionary algorithm so as to determine some Pareto-optimal solutions. After that, a new COP with dramatically reduced search space can be constructed using existing Pareto-optimal solutions. This new generated COP will be further solved to find more Pareto-optimal solutions. This process is repeated until the stopping criterion is met. Experimental results on 9 well-known MOP test problems show that our new algorithm outperforms existing MOEAs in terms of convergence and spacing metrics.


Multiobjective Optimization Constraint Optimization Evolutionary Algorithm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • He Jiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shuyan Zhang
    • 1
  • Zhilei Ren
    • 3
  1. 1.School of SoftwareDalian University of Technology
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Vermont
  3. 3.School of Mathematical SciencesDalian University of Technology

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