A Clustering Based Niching EA for Multimodal Search Spaces

  title={A Clustering Based Niching EA for Multimodal Search Spaces},
  author={Felix Streichert and Gunnar Stein and Holger Ulmer and Andreas Zell},
  booktitle={Artificial Evolution},
We propose a new niching method for Evolutionary Algorithms which is able to identify and track global and local optima in a multimodal search space. To prevent the loss of diversity we replace the global selection pressure within a single population by local selection of a multi-population strategy. The sub-populations representing species specialized on niches are dynamically identified using standard clustering algorithms on a primordial population. With this multi-population strategy we are… CONTINUE READING
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