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This paper presents a new operator for genetic algorithms that enhances their convergence in the case of nonlinear problems with nonlinear equality constraints. The proposed operator, named CQA (Constraint Quadratic Approximation), can be interpreted as both a local search engine (that employs quadratic approximations of both objective and constraint(More)
— This paper presents a new operator for genetic algorithms that enhances convergence in the case of multiple nonlinear equality constraints. The proposed operator, named CQA-MEC (Constraint Quadratic Approximation for Multiple Equality Constraints), performs the steps: (i) the approximation of the non-linear constraints via quadratic functions; (ii) the(More)
The biological pest control in agriculture, an environment-friendly practice, maintains the density of pests below an economic injury level by releasing a suitable quantity of their natural enemies. This work proposes a multi-objective numerical solution to biological pest control for soybean crops, considering both the cost of application of the control(More)
This paper proposes a local search optimizer that, employed as an additional operator in multiobjective evolutionary techniques, can help to find more precise estimates of the Pareto-optimal surface with a smaller cost of function evaluation. The new operator employs quadratic approximations of the objective functions and constraints, which are built using(More)
— In this paper, we propose a local search methodology to be coupled with a Genetic Algorithm to solve optimization problems with non-linear constraints. This methodology uses quadratic approximations for both objective function and constraints. In the local search phase, these quadratic approximations define an associated problem that is solved using a(More)