Evolving better population distribution and exploration in evolutionary multi-objective optimization

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-495
Journal / PublicationEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
Online published5 Nov 2004
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


The aim of multi-objective evolutionary optimization is to minimize the distance between the solution set and the true Pareto front, to distribute the solutions evenly and to maximize the spread of solution set. This paper addresses these issues by presenting two features that enhance the optimization ability of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms. The first feature is a variant of the mutation operator that adapts the mutation rate along the evolution process to maintain a balance between the introduction of diversity and local fine-tuning. In addition, this adaptive mutation operator adopts a new approach to strike a compromise between the preservation and disruption of genetic information. The second feature is an enhanced exploration strategy that encourages the exploration towards less populated areas and hence achieves better discovery of gaps in the generated front. The strategy also preserves non-dominated solutions in the evolving population to achieve a good convergence for the optimization. Comparative studies of some well-known diversity operators, mutation operators and multi-objective evolutionary algorithms are performed on different benchmark problems, which illustrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed features.

Research Area(s)

  • Evolutionary computations, Global optimization, Multiple criteria analysis