Improving differential evolution with a successful-parent-selecting framework

Shu Mei Guo, Chin Chang Yang, Pang Han Hsu, Jason S.H. Tsai

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An effective and efficient successful-parent-selecting framework is proposed to improve the performance of differential evolution (DE) by providing an alternative for the selection of parents during mutation and crossover. The proposed method adapts the selection of parents by storing successful solutions into an archive, and the parents are selected from the archive when a solution is continuously not updated for an unacceptable amount of time. The proposed framework provides more promising solutions to guide the evolution and effectively helps DE escaping the situation of stagnation. The simulation results show that the proposed framework significantly improves the performance of two original DEs and six state-of-The-art algorithms in four real-world optimization problems and 30 benchmark functions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6971158
Pages (from-to)717-730
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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