A decomposition based evolutionary algorithm with direction vector adaption and selection enhancement

Jiajun Zhou, Xifan Yao, Felix T.S. Chan, Liang Gao, Xuan Jing, Xinyu Li, Yingzi Lin, Yun Li

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To further improve the search ability of the decomposition based many/multi-objective evolutionary algorithm (MOEA/D) in the tackling many-objective optimization problems (MaOPs) possessing complex characteristics (e.g., disconnected, degenerate, inverted, extremely convex or differently-scaled), we suggest an adaptive MOEA/D with better versatility, where the weight vector adaption and selection mechanism are improved. Firstly, a new niche-guided scheme by considering both the vector angle and Euclidean distance is proposed to leverage the search direction adaption upon different evolution phases, which is expected to be more robust for handling different types of irregular Pareto fronts (PFs). Secondly, in mating selection, a coordinated selection scheme aided by a multi-criterion decision procedure is utilized to enhance the effectiveness of recombination. Finally, in environmental selection, a steady state replacement strategy considering both the ensemble ranking of favorite subproblems with respect to solutions and improvement region restriction of subproblems is employed to alleviate misleading selection. Comparison experiments on benchmark MaOPs with diverse characteristics have been performed and the empirical results demonstrate the superiority of our proposal. The effects of direction vector adaption mechanism and other pertinent enhancements are also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-271
Number of pages24
JournalInformation Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Decomposition
  • Distribution adaption
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Many-objective optimization
  • Weight vector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence


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