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An Evolutionary Hyper-heuristic for the Software Project Scheduling Problem

Citation

Wu X, Consoli P, Minku L, Ochoa G & Yao X (2016) An Evolutionary Hyper-heuristic for the Software Project Scheduling Problem. In: Handl J, Hart E, Lewis P, Lopez-Ibanez M, Ochoa G & Paechter B (eds.) Parallel Problem Solving from Nature - PPSN XIV. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9921. International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 2016: PPSN XIV, Edinburgh, 17.09.2016-21.09.2017. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag, pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45823-6_4

Abstract
Software project scheduling plays an important role in reducing the cost and duration of software projects. It is an NP-hard combinatorial optimization problem that has been addressed based on single and multi-objective algorithms. However, such algorithms have always used fixed genetic operators, and it is unclear which operators would be more appropriate across the search process. In this paper, we propose an evolutionary hyper-heuristic to solve the software project scheduling problem. Our novelties include the following: (1) this is the first work to adopt an evolutionary hyper-heuristic for the software project scheduling problem; (2) this is the first work for adaptive selection of both crossover and mutation operators; (3) we design different credit assignment methods for mutation and crossover; and (4) we use a sliding multi-armed bandit strategy to adaptively choose both crossover and mutation operators. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can solve the software project scheduling problem effectively.

Keywords
Software project scheduling; Hyper-heuristics; Adaptive operator selection; Sliding multi-armed bandit

StatusPublished
Title of seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Number in series9921
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online30/09/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26225
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISSN of series0302-9743
ISBN978-3-319-45822-9
eISBN978-3-319-45823-6
ConferenceInternational Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 2016: PPSN XIV
Conference locationEdinburgh
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