Adaptive strategy in differential evolution via explicit exploitation and exploration controls

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Original languageEnglish
Article number107494
Journal / PublicationApplied Soft Computing
Online published11 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


Existing multi-strategy adaptive differential evolution (DE) commonly involves trials of multiple strategies and then rewards better-performing ones with more resources. However, the trials of an exploitative or explorative strategy may result in over-exploitation or over-exploration. To improve the performance, this paper proposes a new strategy adaptation method, named explicit adaptation scheme (Ea scheme), which separates multiple strategies and employs them on-demand. It is done by dividing the evolution process into several Selective-candidate with Similarity Selection (SCSS) generations and adaptive generations. In the SCSS generations, the exploitation and exploration needs are learnt by utilizing a balanced strategy. To meet these needs, in adaptive generations, two other strategies, exploitative or explorative is adaptively used. Experimental studies on benchmark functions demonstrate the effectiveness of Ea scheme when compared with its variants and other adaptation methods. Furthermore, performance comparisons with state-of-the-art evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence-based algorithms show that EaDE is very competitive.

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  • Adaptive strategy, Differential evolution, Evolutionary algorithm, Explicit exploitation and exploration controls, Numerical optimization