Toward a theory of generalization and learning in XCS

  title={Toward a theory of generalization and learning in XCS},
  author={Martin V. Butz and Tim Kovacs and Pier Luca Lanzi and Stewart W. Wilson},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation},
Takes initial steps toward a theory of generalization and learning in the learning classifier system XCS. We start from Wilson's generalization hypothesis, which states that XCS has an intrinsic tendency to evolve accurate, maximally general classifiers. We analyze the different evolutionary pressures in XCS and derive a simple equation that supports the hypothesis theoretically. The equation is tested with a number of experiments that confirm the model of generalization pressure that we… CONTINUE READING
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