The use of a genetic algorithm to optimize the functional form of a multi-dimensional polynomial fit to experimental data

  • Clegg J
  • Dawson J
  • Porter S
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Abstract

This paper begins with the optimisation of three test functions using a genetic algorithm and describes a statistical analysis on the effects of the choice of crossover technique, parent selection strategy and mutation. The paper then examines the use of a genetic algorithm to optimize the functional form of a polynomial fit to experimental data; the aim being to locate the global optimum of the data. Genetic programming has already been used to locate the functional form of a good fit to sets of data, but genetic programming is more complex than a genetic algorithm. This paper compares the genetic algorithm method with a particular genetic programming approach and shows that equally good results can be achieved using this simpler technique

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Authors

  • J. Clegg

  • J.F. Dawson

  • S.J. Porter

  • M.H. Barley

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