A Non-parametric Statistical Dominance Operator for Noisy Multiobjective Optimization

  • Dung H. Phan
  • Junichi Suzuki
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7673)


This paper describes and evaluates a new noise-aware dominance operator for evolutionary algorithms to solve the multiobjective optimization problems (MOPs) that contain noise in their objective functions. This operator is designed with the Mann-Whitney U-test, which is a non-parametric (i.e., distribution-free) statistical significance test. It takes objective value samples of given two individuals, performs a U-test on the two sample sets and determines which individual is statistically superior. Experimental results show that it operates reliably in noisy MOPs and outperforms existing noise-aware dominance operators particularly when many outliers exist under asymmetric noise distributions.


Evolutionary multiobjective optimization algorithms noisy optimization uncertainties in objective functions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dung H. Phan
    • 1
  • Junichi Suzuki
    • 1
  1. 1.Deptartment of Computer ScienceUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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