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Global Optimization of Some Difficult Benchmark Functions by Host-Parasite Coevolutionary Algorithm


  • Sudhanshu K Mishra

    () (North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India)


This paper proposes a novel method of global optimization based on host-parasite co-evolution. It also develops a Fortran-77 code for the algorithm. The algorithm has been tested on 100 benchmark functions (of which the results of 32 relatively harder problems have been reported). In its search ability, the proposed method is comparable to the Differential Evolution method of global optimization. The method has been used for solving the 'completing the incomplete correlation matrix' problem encountered in financial economics. It is found that the proposed methods as well as the Differential Evolution method solves the problem, but the proposed method provides results much faster than the Differential Evolution method.

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  • Sudhanshu K Mishra, 2013. "Global Optimization of Some Difficult Benchmark Functions by Host-Parasite Coevolutionary Algorithm," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 1-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00599

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    1. Mishra, SK, 2006. "Global Optimization by Differential Evolution and Particle Swarm Methods: Evaluation on Some Benchmark Functions," MPRA Paper 1005, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Mishra, Sudhanshu, 2006. "Some new test functions for global optimization and performance of repulsive particle swarm method," MPRA Paper 2718, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Mishra, SK, 2007. "Completing correlation matrices of arbitrary order by differential evolution method of global optimization: A Fortran program," MPRA Paper 2000, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Nayak, Purusottam & Mishra, SK, 2014. "A state level analysis of the status of social sector in India," MPRA Paper 58144, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Sudhanshu K. MISHRA, 2016. "BA Note on Construction of a Composite Index by Optimization of Shapley Value Shares of the Constituent Variables," Turkish Economic Review, KSP Journals, vol. 3(3), pages 466-472, September.
    3. Mishra, Sudhanshu K, 2014. "What happens if in the principal component analysis the Pearsonian is replaced by the Brownian coefficient of correlation?," MPRA Paper 56861, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Sudhanshu K. Mishra, 2018. "A Study on Regime Type and Globalization in Simultaneous Equation Framework," Journal of Economics and Financial Analysis, Tripal Publishing House, vol. 2(1), pages 99-128.
    5. repec:ksp:journ3:v:4:y:2017:i:3:p:335-351 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Sudhanshu K. MISHRA, 2016. "Shapley Value Regression and the Resolution of Multicollinearity," Journal of Economics Bibliography, KSP Journals, vol. 3(3), pages 498-515, September.
    7. Sudhanshu K. MISHRA, 2017. "Almost equi-marginal principle based composite index of globalization: China, India and Pakistan," Journal of Economic and Social Thought, KSP Journals, vol. 4(3), pages 335-351, Seprember.
    8. Mishra, SK, 2017. "Measuring Degree of Globalization of African Countries on Almost Equimarginal Contribution Principle," MPRA Paper 82614, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Mishra, SK, 2017. "A New Kind of Two-Stage Least Squares Based on Shapley Value Regression," MPRA Paper 83534, University Library of Munich, Germany.

    More about this item


    cuckoo-host co-evolution; cuckoo search; global optimization; differential evolution; levy flight; benchmark functions;

    JEL classification:

    • C6 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty


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