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Towards ‘Metaheuristics in the Large’

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Jerry Swann, Kevin Hammond

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There is a pressing need for a higher-level architectural per- spective in metaheuristics research. This article proposes a purely functional collection of component signatures as a basis for the scalable and automatic construction of meta- heuristics. We claim that this is an important step for sci- entific progress because:
i). It is increasingly accepted that newly-proposed meta- heuristics should be grounded in terms of well-defined frameworks and components. Standardized descrip- tions help to distinguish novelty from minor variation.
ii). Greater reproducibility is needed, particularly to facil- itate comparison with the state-of-the-art.
iii). Interoperable descriptions are a pre-requisite for a data model supporting large-scale knowledge discovery across frameworks and problems.
A key obstacle is that metaheuristic components suffer from an intrinsic lack of modularity, so we present some design op- tions for dealing with this and use this to provide a roadmap for addressing the above issues.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2015
EventMIC 2015: 11th Metaheuristics International Conference - , Morocco
Duration: 7 Jun 201510 Jun 2015


ConferenceMIC 2015: 11th Metaheuristics International Conference

    Research areas

  • Metaheuristics, Algorithm selection, Analysis, Experimental framework, Functional programming

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