Boosting data-driven evolutionary algorithm with localized data generation

Li, Jian-Yu ORCID: 0000-0002-6143-9207, Zhan, Zhi-Hui ORCID: 0000-0003-0862-0514, Wang, Chuan, Jin, Hu ORCID: 0000-0002-3505-6843 and Zhang, Jun ORCID: 0000-0001-7835-9871 (2020) Boosting data-driven evolutionary algorithm with localized data generation. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 24 (5). pp. 923-937. ISSN 1089-778X


By efficiently building and exploiting surrogates, data-driven evolutionary algorithms (DDEAs) can be very helpful in solving expensive and computationally intensive problems. However, they still often suffer from two difficulties. First, many existing methods for building a single ad hoc surrogate are suitable for some special problems but may not work well on some other problems. Second, the optimization accuracy of DDEAs deteriorates if available data are not enough for building accurate surrogates, which is common in expensive optimization problems. To this end, this article proposes a novel DDEA with two efficient components. First, a boosting strategy (BS) is proposed for self-aware model managements, which can iteratively build and combine surrogates to obtain suitable surrogate models for different problems. Second, a localized data generation (LDG) method is proposed to generate synthetic data to alleviate data shortage and increase data quantity, which is achieved by approximating fitness through data positions. By integrating the BS and the LDG, the BDDEA-LDG algorithm is able to improve model accuracy and data quantity at the same time automatically according to the problems at hand. Besides, a tradeoff is empirically considered to strike a better balance between the effectiveness of surrogates and the time cost for building them. The experimental results show that the proposed BDDEA-LDG algorithm can generally outperform both traditional methods without surrogates and other state-of-the-art DDEA son widely used benchmarks and an arterial traffic signal timing real-world optimization problem. Furthermore, the proposed BDDEA-LDG algorithm can use only about 2% computational budgets of traditional methods for producing competitive results.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1109/TEVC.2020.2979740
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4602 Artificial intelligence
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords data-driven evolutionary algorithms, DDEAs, ad hoc surrogate, optimisation, self aware model managements, surrogate models
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