In this chapter the basic underlying ideas of EAs are described. First, a brief description of the biological background is given. Then the basics on an implementation on a computer system are discussed. The main components of an EA are presented, i.e. fitness function, selection principle and evolutionary operators. Finally, some special cases of the concept defined here are outlined, like evolution strategies and genetic programming.
KeywordsEvolutionary Algorithm Genetic Operator Mutation Position Selection Principle Biological Background
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