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Title: Large scale estimation of distribution algorithms for continuous optimisation
Author: Sanyang, Momodou Lamin
ISNI:       0000 0004 6493 8743
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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Modern real world optimisation problems are increasingly becoming large scale. However, searching in high dimensional search spaces is notoriously difficult. Many methods break down as dimensionality increases and Estimation of Distribution Algorithm (EDA) is especially prone to the curse of dimensionality. In this thesis, we device new EDA variants that are capable of searching in large dimensional continuous domains. We in particular (i) investigated heavy tails search distributions, (ii) we clarify a controversy in the literature about the capabilities of Gaussian versus Cauchy search distributions, (iii) we constructed a new way of projecting a large dimensional search space to low dimensional subspaces in a way that gives us control of the size of covariance of the search distribution and we develop adaptation techniques to exploit this and (iv) we proposed a random embedding technique in EDA that takes advantage of low intrinsic dimensional structure of problems. All these developments avail us with new techniques to tackle high dimensional optimization problems.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Islamic Development Bank
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science