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Practical Genetic Algorithms, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-45565-3
272 pages
May 2004
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* This book deals with the fundamentals of genetic algorithms and their applications in a variety of different areas of engineering and science
* Most significant update to the second edition is the MATLAB codes that accompany the text
* Provides a thorough discussion of hybrid genetic algorithms
* Features more examples than first edition
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Table of Contents


Preface to First Edition.

List of Symbols.

1. Introduction to Optimization.

1.1 Finding the Best Solution.

1.2 Minimum-Seeking Algorithms.

1.3 Natural Optimization Methods.

1.4 Biological Optimization: Natural Selection.

1.5 The Genetic Algorithm.

2. The Binary Genetic Algorithm.

2.1 Genetic Algorithms: Natural Selection on a Computer.

2.2 Components of a Binary Genetic Algorithm.

2.3 A Parting Look.

3. The Continuous Genetic Algorithm.

3.1 Components of a Continuous Genetic Algorithm.

3.2 A Parting Look.

4. Basic Applications.

4.1 "Mary Had a Little Lamb".

4.2 Algorithmic Creativity-Genetic Art.

4.3 Word Guess.

4.4 Locating an Emergency Response Unit.

4.5 Antenna Array Design.

4.6 The Evolution of Horses.

4.7 Summary.

5. An Added Level of Sophistication.

5.1 Handling Expensive Cost Functions.

5.2 Multiple Objective Optimization.

5.3 Hybrid GA.

5.4 Gray Codes.

5.5 Gene Size.

5.6 Convergence.

5.7 Alternative Crossovers for Binary GAs.

5.8 Population.

5.9 Mutation.

5.10 Permutation Problems.

5.11 Selling GA Parameters.

5.12 Continuous versus Binary GA.

5.13 Messy Genetic Algorithms.

5.14 Parallel Genetic Algorithms.

6. Advanced Applications.

6.1 Traveling Salespersons Problem.

6.2 Locating an Emergency Response Unit Revisited.

6.3 Decoding a Secret Message.

6.4 Robot Trajectory Planning.

6.5 Stealth Design.

6.6 Building Dynamical Inverse Models-The Linear Case.

6.7 Building Dynamical Inverse Models-The Nonlinear Case.

6.8 Combining GAs with Simulations-Air Pollution Receptor Modeling.

6.9 Combining Methods Neural Nets with GAs.

6.10 Solving High-Order Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

7. More Natural Optimization Algorithms.

7.1 Simulated Annealing.

7.2 Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO).

7.3 Ant Colony Optimization (ACO).

7.4 Genetic Programming (GP).

7.5 Cultural Algorithms.

7.6 Evolutionary Strategies.

7.7 The Future of Genetic Algorithms.

Appendix I: Test Functions.

Appendix II: MATLAB Code.

Appendix III. High-Performance Fortran Code.



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Author Information

RANDY L. HAUPT, PhD, is Department Head and Senior Scientist at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, State College, Pennsylvania.

SUE ELLEN HAUPT, PhD, is a Senior Research Associate in the Computational Mechanics Division of The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory, State College, Pennsylvania.
Both Randy and Sue Ellen Haupt are renowned experts in the field of genetic algorithms in engineering and science applications.

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"Statisticians and computing scientists will like this book very much and will benefit greatly from it." (Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, November 2005)

"…an excellent introduction to the world of optimization with its distinct vocabulary and tools." (Journal of the American Statistical Association, September 2005)

"I recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in trying to explore this powerful tool to optimization problems in his or her area of interest." (International Journal of General Systems, June 2005)

"…a nice step-by-step introduction to genetic algorithms (GA) which is specifically designed for practitioners…" (Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2005)

"This book is very nice to read. It is ideal for some interesting evening study." (Technometrics, May 2005)

"…this book is a worthwhile addition to any course in optimization and/or Gas. It could also serve as a practical guide and template source for researchers…" (Computing Reviews.com, September 30, 2004)

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