Automatic generation of algorithms for robust optimisation problems using Grammar-Guided Genetic Programming

Martin Hughes, Marc Goerigk, Trivikram Dokka

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Abstract

We develop algorithms capable of tackling robust black-box optimisation problems, where the number of model runs is limited. When a desired solution cannot be implemented exactly the aim is to find a robust one, where the worst case in an uncertainty neighbourhood around a solution still performs well. To investigate improved methods we employ an automatic generation of algorithms approach: Grammar-Guided Genetic Programming. We develop algorithmic building blocks in a Particle Swarm Optimisation framework, define the rules for constructing heuristics from these components, and evolve populations of search algorithms for robust problems. Our algorithmic building blocks combine elements of existing techniques and new features, resulting in the investigation of a novel heuristic solution space. We obtain algorithms which improve upon the current state of the art. We also analyse the component level breakdowns of the populations of algorithms developed against their performance, to identify high-performing heuristic components for robust problems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105364
JournalComputers & Operations Research
Volume133
Early online date07 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

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