Evaluating Stationary Distribution of the Binary GA Markov Chain in Special Cases

Authors Boris S. Mitavskiy, Chris Cannings

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Boris S. Mitavskiy
Chris Cannings

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Boris S. Mitavskiy and Chris Cannings. Evaluating Stationary Distribution of the Binary GA Markov Chain in Special Cases. In Theory of Evolutionary Algorithms. Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, Volume 8051, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2008)


The evolutionary algorithm stochastic process is well-known to be Markovian. These have been under investigation in much of the theoretical evolutionary computing research. When mutation rate is positive, the Markov chain modeling an evolutionary algorithm is irreducible and, therefore, has a unique stationary distribution, yet, rather little is known about the stationary distribution. On the other hand, knowing the stationary distribution may provide some information about the expected times to hit optimum, assessment of the biases due to recombination and is of importance in population genetics to assess what's called a ``genetic load" (see the introduction for more details). In this talk I will show how the quotient construction method can be exploited to derive rather explicit bounds on the ratios of the stationary distribution values of various subsets of the state space. In fact, some of the bounds obtained in the current work are expressed in terms of the parameters involved in all the three main stages of an evolutionary algorithm: namely selection, recombination and mutation. I will also discuss the newest developments which may allow for further improvements of the bounds
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Markov chains
  • stationary distribution
  • lumping quotient


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