Deriving genetic programming fitness properties by static analysis

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Deriving Genetic Programming Fitness Properties by Static Analysis Colin G. Johnson The aim of this paper is to introduce the idea of using static analysis of computer programs as a way of measuring fitness in genetic programming. Such techniques extract information about the programs without explicitly running them, and in particular they infer properties which hold across the whole of the input space of a program. This can be applied to measure fitness, and has a number of advantages over measuring fitness by running members of the population on test cases. The most important advantage is that if a solution is found then it is possible to formally trust that solution to be correct across all inputs. This paper introduces these ideas, discusses various ways in which they could be applied, discusses the type of problems for which they are appropriate, and ends by giving a simple test example and some questions for future research.

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  • computer programming
  • qa 76 software

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