Searching the hyper-heuristic design space

Swan, Jerry, Woodward, John, Özcan, Ender, Kendall, Graham and Burke, Edmund (2014) Searching the hyper-heuristic design space. Cognitive Computation, 6 (1). pp. 66-73. ISSN 1866-9964

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We extend a previous mathematical formulation of hyper-heuristics to reflect the emerging generalization of the concept. We show that this leads naturally to a recursive definition of hyper-heuristics and to a division of responsibility that is suggestive of a blackboard architecture, in which individual heuristics annotate a shared workspace with information that may also be exploited by other heuristics. Such a framework invites consideration of the kind of relaxations of the domain barrier that can be achieved without loss of generality. We give a concrete example of this architecture with an application to the 3-SAT domain that significantly improves on a related token-ring hyper-heuristic.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Blackboard architecture; Hyper-heuristics; Hyperheuristic; Machine-learning; Mathematical formulation; Meta heuristics; Recursive definitions; Shared-workspace, Architecture; Optimization, Heuristic methods
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Ozcan, Dr Ender
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:15

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