Multi-objective optimization based on joint probabilistic modeling of objectives and variables

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“Multi-objective optimization based on joint probabilistic modeling of objectives and variables” by H. Karshenas, R. Santana, C. Bielza, and P. Larrañaga, Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Informatics. Technical University of Madrid technical report UPM-FI/DIA/2012-2, 2012.

Abstract

This paper proposes a new multi-objective estimation of distribution algorithm (EDA) based on joint modeling of objectives and variables. This EDA uses the multi-dimensional Bayesian network as its probabilistic model. In this way it can capture the dependencies between objectives, variables and objectives, as well as the dependencies learnt between variables in other Bayesian network-based EDAs. This model leads to a problem decomposition that helps the proposed algorithm to find better trade-off solutions to the multi-objective problem. In addition to Pareto set approximation, the algorithm is also able to estimate the structure of the multi-objective problem. To apply the algorithm to many-objective problems, the algorithm includes four different ranking methods proposed in the literature for this purpose. The algorithm is applied to the set of walking fish group (WFG) problems, and its optimization performance is compared with an evolutionary algorithm and another multi-objective EDA. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm performs significantly better on many of the problems and for different objective space dimensions, and achieves comparable results on some compared with the other algorithms.

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BibTeX entry:

@techreport{Karshenas_et_al:2012a,
   author = {H. Karshenas and R. Santana and C. Bielza and P. Larra{\~n}aga},
   title = {Multi-objective optimization based on joint probabilistic
	modeling of objectives and variables},
   institution = {Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of
	Informatics, Technical University of Madrid},
   number = {UPM-FI/DIA/2012-2},
   year = {2012}
}

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