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Performance of Differential Evolution and Particle Swarm Methods on Some Relatively Harder Multi-modal Benchmark Functions

Our objective in this paper is to compare the performance of the Differential Evolution (DE) and the Repulsive Particle Swarm (RPS) methods of global optimization. To this end, some relatively difficult test functions have been chosen. These functions are: Perm, Power-Sum, Bukin, Zero-Sum, Hougen, Giunta, DCS, Kowalik, Fletcher-Powell and some now functions. Our results show that DE (with the exponential crossover scheme) mostly fails to find the optimum of most of these functions. Of course, it succeeds in case of some functions (perm#2, zero-sum) for very small dimension (m), but begins to falter as soon as the dimension is increased. In case of DCS function, it works well up to m (dimension) = 5. When we use no crossover (only probabilistic replacement) we obtain better results in case of several of the functions under study. Thus, overall, table #2 presents better results than what table #1 does. In case of Perm#1, Perm#2, Zero-sum, Kowalik, Hougen and Power-sum functions the advantage is clear. Whether crossover or no crossover, DE falters when the optimand function has some element of randomness. This is indicated by the functions: Yao-Liu#7, Fletcher-Powell, and “New function#2”. DE has no problems in optimizing the “New function#1”. But the “New function #2” proves to be a hard nut. However, RPS performs much better for such stochastic functions. When the Fletcher-Powell function is optimized with non-stochastic c vector, DE works fine. But as soon as c is stochastic, it becomes unstable. Thus, it may be observed that an introduction of stochasticity into the decision variables (or simply added to the function as in Yao-Liu#7) interferes with the fundamentals of DE, which works through attainment of better and better (in the sense of Pareto improvement) population at each successive iteration.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 1743.

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Date of creation: 13 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:1743
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  1. Mishra, SK, 2006. "Repulsive Particle Swarm Method on Some Difficult Test Problems of Global Optimization," MPRA Paper 1742, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Mishra, SK, 2006. "Some Experiments on Fitting of Gielis Curves by Simulated Annealing and Particle Swarm Methods of Global Optimization," MPRA Paper 465, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mishra, SK, 2006. "Least Squares Fitting of Chacón-Gielis Curves by the Particle Swarm Method of Optimization," MPRA Paper 466, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. 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.
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