A Modified Differential Evolution Algorithm with Cauchy Mutation for Global Optimization

  • Musrrat Ali
  • Millie Pant
  • Ved Pal Singh
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 40)


Differential Evolution (DE) is a powerful yet simple evolutionary algorithm for optimization of real valued, multi modal functions. DE is generally considered as a reliable, accurate and robust optimization technique. However, the algorithm suffers from premature convergence, slow convergence rate and large computational time for optimizing the computationally expensive objective functions. Therefore, an attempt to speed up DE is considered necessary. This research introduces a modified differential evolution (MDE), a modification to DE that enhances the convergence rate without compromising with the solution quality. In Modified differential evolution (MDE) algorithm, if an individual fails in continuation to improve its performance to a specified number of times then new point is generated using Cauchy mutation. MDE on a test bed of functions is compared with original DE. It is found that MDE requires less computational effort to locate global optimal solution.


Differential evolution Cauchy mutation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Musrrat Ali
    • 1
  • Millie Pant
    • 1
  • Ved Pal Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Paper TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology RoorkeeSaharanpurIndia

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