Neutral Networks in an Evolutionary Robotics Search Space

Smith, T, Husbands, P and O'Shea, M (2001) Neutral Networks in an Evolutionary Robotics Search Space. In: Proceedings IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2001, Seoul, Korea.

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Recent work has argued for the importance of non-adaptive neutral evolution in optimisation over difficult search landscapes. We show that the search process underlying a difficult evolutionary robotics problem does indeed show phases of neutral evolution. The noise in evaluated fitness of a single genotype is shown to be able to account for the variance in fitness across a long period of the evolutionary run. We further show that the population moves significantly in genotype space during this neutral phase, possibly increasing in divergence. Finally, we investigate the probabilities of mutating to a higher fitness, above the neutral plateau, and find no evidence for a significant upward trend in these probabilities before the crucial mutations actually occurred

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Phil Husbands
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:48
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 11:32
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