Reliability optimization design using a hybridized genetic algorithm with a neural-network technique

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-637
Journal / PublicationIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, we examine an optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problem formulated as a non-linear mixed integer programming (nMIP) model which should simultaneously determine continuous and discrete decision variables. This problem is more difficult than the redundant allocation problem represented by a nonlinear integer problem (nIP). Recently, several researchers have obtained acceptable and satisfactory results by using genetic algorithms (GAs) to solve optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problems. For large-scale problems, however, the GA has to enumerate a vast number of feasible solutions due to the broad continuous search space. To overcome this difficulty, we propose a hybridized GA combined with a neural-network technique (NN-hGA) which is suitable for approximating optimal continuous solutions. Combining a GA with the NN technique makes it easier for the GA to solve an optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation problem by bounding the broad continuous search space by the NN technique. In addition, the NN-hGA leads to optimal robustness and steadiness and does not affect the various initial conditions of the problems. Numerical experiments and comparisons with previous results demonstrate the efficiency of our proposed method.

Research Area(s)

  • Genetic algorithm, Neural network technique, Nonlinear mixed integer programming, Optimal reliability assignment/redundant allocation