Unveiling the properties of structured grammatical evolution



Structured grammatical evolution (SGE) is a new genotypic representation for grammatical evolution (GE). It comprises a hierarchical organization of the genes, where each locus is explicitly linked to a non-terminal of the grammar being used. This one-to-one correspondence ensures that the modification of a gene does not affect the derivation options of other non-terminals. We present a comprehensive set of optimization results obtained with problems from three different categories: symbolic regression, path finding, and predictive modeling. In most of the situations SGE outperforms standard GE, confirming the effectiveness of the new representation. To understand the reasons for SGE enhanced performance, we scrutinize its main features. We rely on a set of static measures to model the interactions between the representation and variation operators and assess how they influence the interplay between the genotype-phenotype spaces. The study reveals that the structured organization of SGE promotes an increased locality and is less redundant than standard GE, thus fostering an effective exploration of the search space.


Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines , pp. 1-39, February 2016


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