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Instance-specific multi-objective parameter tuning based on fuzzy logic


  • Ries, Jana
  • Beullens, Patrick
  • Salt, David


Finding good parameter values for meta-heuristics is known as the parameter setting problem. A new parameter tuning strategy, called IPTS, is proposed that is a novel instance-specific method to take the trade-off between solution quality and computational time into consideration. Two important steps in the method are an a priori statistical analysis to identify the factors that determine heuristic performance in both quality and time for a specific type of problem, and the transformation of these insights into a fuzzy inference system rule base which aims to return parameter values on the Pareto-front with respect to a decision maker’s preference.

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  • Ries, Jana & Beullens, Patrick & Salt, David, 2012. "Instance-specific multi-objective parameter tuning based on fuzzy logic," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 218(2), pages 305-315.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:218:y:2012:i:2:p:305-315
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2011.10.024

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