An environment-driven hybrid evolutionary algorithm for dynamic multi-objective optimization problems

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2022-07-28

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Springer

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Yes

Abstract

In dynamic multi-objective optimization problems, the environmental parameters may change over time, which makes the Pareto fronts shifting. To address the issue, a common idea is to track the moving Pareto front once an environmental change occurs. However, it might be hard to obtain the Pareto optimal solutions if the environment changes rapidly. Moreover, it may be costly to implement a new solution. By contrast, robust Pareto optimization over time provides a novel framework to find the robust solutions whose performance is acceptable for more than one environment, which not only saves the computational costs for tracking solutions, but also minimizes the cost for switching solutions. However, neither of the above two approaches can balance between the quality of the obtained non-dominated solutions and the computation cost. To address this issue, environment-driven hybrid dynamic multi-objective evolutionary optimization method is proposed, aiming to fully use strengths of TMO and RPOOT under various characteristics of environmental changes. Two indexes, i.e., the frequency and intensity of environmental changes, are first defined. Then, a criterion is presented based on the characteristics of dynamic environments and the switching cost of solutions, to select an appropriate optimization method in a given environment. The experimental results on a set of dynamic benchmark functions indicate that the proposed hybrid dynamic multi-objective evolutionary optimization method can choose the most rational method that meets the requirements of decision makers, and balance the convergence and robustness of the obtained non-dominated solutions.

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open access article

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Changing environment, Tracking moving optimum, Robust Pareto-optima over time, Dynamic multi-objective optimization

Citation

M. Chen, Y. Guo, Y. Jin, S. Yang, D. Gong, and Z. Yu. (2022) An environment-driven hybrid evolutionary algorithm for dynamic multi-objective optimization problems. Complex & Intelligent Systems, 9 (1), pp. 659–675

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Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI)