Fuzzy cultural algorithms with evolutionary programming

  • Shinin Zhu
  • Robert G. Reynolds
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1447)


Cultural Algorithms represent computational models based upon principles of cultural evolution [1]. They consist of a population component, a belief space containing knowledge compiled from individual experience, and a communication protocol which controls the interaction between two components. This protocol consists of an acceptance function and an influence function. The acceptance function determines how individuals can affect the knowledge contained in the belief space. The influence function determines how that knowledge can affect the individuals in the population.

The communication protocols used in early versions of Cultural Algorithms were inherently deterministic in nature. Recently, Chung [2] developed a fuzzy acceptance function based upon linear membership functions for use in real-valued function optimization. This system used an evolutionary programming population model and generated significant improvements overall when compared to the same system with a deterministic acceptance function. But, there was a subset of problems for which there was still ample room for improvement.

Here, we employ continuous non-linear membership functions to control the acceptance of individual contributions to the belief space. The approach is used with the Cultured EP system in order to solve 12 problems taken from Chung's original test suite. The results, based upon 25 trails for each function, indicated a statistically significant (0.05 level) improvement in performance overall for these 12 functions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinin Zhu
    • 1
  • Robert G. Reynolds
    • 2
  1. 1.Chrysler Corporation
  2. 2.Wayne State UniversityDetroit

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