Memetic algorithms

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Handbook of Heuristics, 2018, 1-2 pp. 607 - 638
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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018. All rights reserved. Memetic algorithms provide one of the most effective and flexible metaheuristic approaches for tackling hard optimization problems. Memetic algorithms address the difficulty of developing high-performance universal heuristics by encouraging the exploitation of multiple heuristics acting in concert, making use of all available sources of information for a problem. This approach has resulted in a rich arsenal of heuristic algorithms and metaheuristic frameworks for many problems. This chapter discusses the philosophy of the memetic paradigm, lays out the structure of a memetic algorithm, develops several example algorithms, surveys recent work in the field, and discusses the possible future directions of memetic algorithms.
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