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We study the behavior of a population-based EA and the Max–Min Ant System (MMAS) on a family of deterministically-changing fitness functions, where, in order to find the global optimum, the algorithms have to find specific local optima within each of a series of phases. In particular, we prove that a (2+1) EA with genotype diversity is able to find the… (More)

Evolutionary algorithms (EAs) perform well in settings involving <i>uncertainty</i>, including settings with stochastic or dynamic fitness functions. In this paper, we analyze the (1+1) EA on dynamically changing OneMax, as introduced by Droste (2003). We re-prove the known results on first hitting times using the modern tool of drift analysis. We extend… (More)

A simple ACO algorithm called λ-MMAS for dynamic variants of the single-destination shortest paths problem is studied by rigorous runtime analyses. Building upon previous results for the special case of 1-MMAS, it is studied to what extent an enlarged colony using $\lambda$ ants per vertex helps in tracking an oscillating optimum. It is shown that easy… (More)

We study the behavior of a population-based EA and the Max-Min Ant System (MMAS) on a family of deterministically-changing fitness functions, where, in order to find the global optimum, the algorithms have to find specific local optima within each of a series of phases. In particular, we prove that a (2+1) EA with genotype diversity is able to find the… (More)

A simple island model with λ islands and migration occurring after every τ iterations is studied on the dynamic fitness function Maze. This model is equivalent to a (1+λ) EA if τ=1, i.e., migration occurs during every iteration. It is proved that even for an increased offspring population size up to… (More)

We introduce a simplified island model with behavior similar to the λ (1+1) islands optimizing the Maze fitness function, and investigate the effects of the migration topology on the ability of the simplified island model to track the optimum of a dynamic fitness function. More specifically, we prove that there exist choices of model parameters for… (More)

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