Impact of sensor-based change detection schemes on the performance of evolutionary dynamic optimization techniques


SOFT COMPUTING, vol.22, no.14, pp.4741-4762, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 14
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00500-017-2660-1
  • Title of Journal : SOFT COMPUTING
  • Page Numbers: pp.4741-4762
  • Keywords: Dynamic optimization problems, Change detection, Evolutionary algorithms, Performance evaluation, ALGORITHMS, TIME


Evolutionary algorithms are among the most common techniques developed to address dynamic optimization problems. They either assume that changes in the environment are known a priori, especially for some benchmark problems, or detect these changes. On the other hand, detecting the points in time where a change occurs in the landscape is a critical issue. In this paper, we investigate the performance evaluation of various sensor-based detection schemes on the moving peaks benchmark and the dynamic knapsack problem. Our empirical study validates the performance of the sensor-based detection schemes considered, by using the average rate of correctly identified changes and number of sensors invoked to detect a change. We also propose a new mechanism to evaluate the capability of the detection schemes for determining severity of changes. Additionally, a novel hybrid approach is proposed by integrating the change detection schemes with evolutionary dynamic optimization algorithms in order to set algorithm-specific parameters dynamically. The experimental evaluation validates that our extensions outperform the reference algorithms for various characteristics of dynamism.