Self-Adaptive Spherical Search With a Low-Precision Projection Matrix for Real-World Optimization

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Research Article

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IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics


Since the last three decades, numerous search strategies have been introduced within the framework of different evolutionary algorithms (EAs). Most of the popular search strategies operate on the hypercube (HC) search model, and search models based on other hypershapes, such as hyper-spherical (HS), are not investigated well yet. The recently developed spherical search (SS) algorithm utilizing the HS search model has been shown to perform very well for the bound-constrained and constrained optimization problems compared to several state-of-the-art algorithms. Nevertheless, the computational burdens for generating an HS locus are higher than that for an HC locus. We propose an efficient technique to construct an HS locus by approximating the orthogonal projection matrix to resolve this issue. As per our empirical experiments, this technique significantly improves the performance of the original SS with less computational effort. Moreover, to enhance SS's search capability, we put forth a self-adaptation technique for choosing the effective values of the control parameters dynamically during the optimization process. We validate the proposed algorithm's performance on a plethora of real-world and benchmark optimization problems with and without constraints. Experimental results suggest that the proposed algorithm remains better than or at least comparable to the best-known state-of-the-art algorithms on a wide spectrum of problems.



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