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A comparative study of evolutionary network design

Kalkan, Sinan
In network design, a communication network is optimized for a given set of parameters like cost, reliability and delay. This study analyzes network design problem using Genetic Algorithms in detail and makes comparison of different approaches and representations. Encoding of a problem is one of the most crucial design choices in Genetic Algorithms. For network design problem, this study compares adjacency matrix representation with list of edges representation. Also, another problem is defining a fair fitness function that will not favor one optimization parameter to the other. Multi-objective optimization is a recommended solution for such problems. This study describes and compares some of those approaches for different combinations in network design problem.