An alternative explanation for the manner in which genetic algorithms operate.

@article{Beyer1997AnAE,
  title={An alternative explanation for the manner in which genetic algorithms operate.},
  author={Hans Georg Beyer},
  journal={Bio Systems},
  year={1997},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={1-15}
}
The common explanation of the manner in which genetic algorithms (GAs) process individuals in a population of contending solutions relies on the 'building block hypothesis'. This suggests that successively better solutions are generated by combining useful parts of extant solutions. An alternative explanation is presented which focuses on the collective phenomena taking place in populations that undergo recombination. The new explanation is derived from investigations in evolution strategies… CONTINUE READING

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