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Evolutionary Computation

Winter 1996, Vol. 4, No. 4, Pages 335-360
(doi: 10.1162/evco.1996.4.4.335)
© 1996 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Measure of Landscapes
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This paper introduces a statistical fitness landscape analysis, based on Weinberger's random walk method and on a time series analysis known as the Box-Jenkins approach, to measure and express the correlation structure of fitness landscapes. The analysis has some additions to and advantages over previous methods for measuring this structure. The analysis is demonstrated on fitness landscapes constructed with Kauffman's NK-model, using two operators (point mutation and a form of crossover) and a combination of the two. Furthermore, the predictive value of the method is shown.