Adaptive granularity learning distributed particle swarm optimization for large-scale optimization

Wang, Zi-Jia ORCID: 0000-0002-2594-0934, Zhan, Zhi-Hui ORCID: 0000-0003-0862-0514, Kwong, Sam ORCID: 0000-0001-7484-7261, Jin, Hu ORCID: 0000-0002-3505-6843 and Zhang, Jun ORCID: 0000-0001-7835-9871 (2020) Adaptive granularity learning distributed particle swarm optimization for large-scale optimization. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 51 (3). pp. 1175-1188. ISSN 2168-2267


Large-scale optimization has become a significant and challenging research topic in the evolutionary computation (EC) community. Although many improved EC algorithms have been proposed for large-scale optimization, the slow convergence in the huge search space and the trap into local optima among massive suboptima are still the challenges. Targeted to these two issues, this article proposes an adaptive granularity learning distributed particle swarm optimization (AGLDPSO) with the help of machine-learning techniques, including clustering analysis based on locality-sensitive hashing (LSH) and adaptive granularity control based on logistic regression (LR). In AGLDPSO, a master-slave multisubpopulation distributed model is adopted, where the entire population is divided into multiple subpopulations, and these subpopulations are co-evolved. Compared with other large-scale optimization algorithms with single population evolution or centralized mechanism, the multisubpopulation distributed co-evolution mechanism will fully exchange the evolutionary information among different subpopulations to further enhance the population diversity. Furthermore, we propose an adaptive granularity learning strategy (AGLS) based on LSH and LR. The AGLS is helpful to determine an appropriate subpopulation size to control the learning granularity of the distributed subpopulations in different evolutionary states to balance the exploration ability for escaping from massive suboptima and the exploitation ability for converging in the huge search space. The experimental results show that AGLDPSO performs better than or at least comparable with some other state-of-the-art large-scale optimization algorithms, even the winner of the competition on large-scale optimization, on all the 35 benchmark functions from both IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC2010) and IEEE CEC2013 large-scale optimization test suites.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1109/TCYB.2020.2977956
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4602 Artificial intelligence
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords large scale optimisation, evolutionary computation, adaptive granularity learning, machine learning
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