Phenotypic Diversity in Initial Genetic Programming Populations

Jackson D.

13th European Conference on Genetic Programming, İstanbul, Turkey, 7 - 09 April 2010, vol.6021, pp.98-109 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 6021
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.98-109
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


A key factor in the success or otherwise of a genetic programming population in evolving towards a solution is the extent of diversity amongst its members. Diversity may be viewed in genotypic (structural) or in phenotypic (behavioural) terms, but the latter has received less attention. We propose a method for measuring phenotypic diversity in terms of the run-time behaviour of programs. We describe how this is applicable to a range of problem domains and show how the promotion of such diversity in initial genetic programming populations can have a substantial impact on solution-finding performance.