Parameter control in evolutionary algorithms (EAs) has been shown to be beneficial; however, the control of offspring size has so far received very little attention. This paper introduces Futility-Based Offspring Sizing (FuBOS), a method for controlling offspring size on a per generation basis without even requiring the user to set an initial offspring size value. We show that on several complex problems, an EA employing FuBOS performs on par with a highly tuned, fixed offspring size EA while being far more efficient in terms of fitness evaluations and much easier to tune as well.
- Evolutionary Algorithm,
- Offspring Sizing,
- Parameter Control,
- Parameterless Evolutionary Algorithm
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel-tauritz/41/