Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

2009 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers (Editor-in-Chief)

Genetic and Evolutionary Algorithms and Programming: General Introduction and Application to Game Playing

  • Michael Orlov
  • Moshe Sipper
  • Ami Hauptman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_243

Definition of the Subject

Evolutionary algorithms are a family of search algorithms inspiredby the process of (Darwinian) evolution in nature. Common to all thedifferent family members is the notion of solving problems byevolving an initially random population of candidate solutions,through the application of operators inspired by natural geneticsand natural selection, such that in time fitter (i. e., better)solutions emerge. The field, whose origins can be traced back to the1950s and 1960s, has come into its own over the past two decades,proving successful in solving multitudinous problems from highlydiverse domains including (to mention but a few): optimization,automatic programming, electronic‐circuit design,telecommunications, networks, finance, economics, image analysis,signal processing, music, and art.


The first approach to artificial intelligence, the field whichencompasses evolutionary computation, is arguably dueto Turing [31]. Turing asked the famous question:...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Orlov
    • 1
  • Moshe Sipper
    • 1
  • Ami Hauptman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceBen‐Gurion UniversityBeer-ShevaIsrael