Book Chapter

Local Optima Networks: A New Model of Combinatorial Fitness Landscapes, Recent Advances in the Theory and Application of Fitness Landscapes

Citation

Ochoa G, Verel S, Daolio F & Tomassini M (2014) Local Optima Networks: A New Model of Combinatorial Fitness Landscapes, Recent Advances in the Theory and Application of Fitness Landscapes. In: Richter H & Engelbrecht A (eds.) Recent Advances in the Theory and Application of Fitness Landscapes, Part II. Emergence, Complexity and Computation, 6. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 233-262. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-41888-4_9

Abstract
This chapter overviews a recently introduced network-based model of combinatorial landscapes: Local Optima Networks (LON). The model compresses the information given by the whole search space into a smaller mathematical object that is a graph having as vertices the local optima and as edges the possible weighted transitions between them. Two definitions of edges have been proposed: basin-transition and escape-edges, which capture relevant topological features of the underlying search spaces. This network model brings a new set of metrics to characterize the structure of combinatorial landscapes, those associated with the science of complex networks. These metrics are described, and results are presented of local optima network extraction and analysis for two selected combinatorial landscapes: NK landscapes and the quadratic assignment problem. Network features are found to correlate with and even predict the performance of heuristic search algorithms operating on these problems.

StatusPublished
Title of seriesEmergence, Complexity and Computation
Number in series6
Publication date31/12/2014
PublisherSpringer
Publisher URLhttp://link.springer.com/…-3-642-41888-4_9
Place of publicationBerlin Heidelberg
ISSN of series2194-7287
ISBN978-3-642-41887-7