A binary differential evolution algorithm learning from explored solutions

Yu Chen, Weicheng Xie, Xiufen Zou

Although real-coded differential evolution (DE) algorithms can perform well on continuous optimization problems (CoOPs), it is still a challenging task to design an efficient binary-coded DE algorithm. Inspired by the learning mechanism of particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithms, we propose a binary learning differential evolution (BLDE) algorithm that can efficiently locate the global optimal solutions by learning from the last population. Then, we theoretically prove the global convergence of BLDE, and compare it with some existing binary-coded evolutionary algorithms (EAs) via numerical experiments. Numerical results show that BLDE is competitive to the compared EAs, and meanwhile, further study is performed via the change curves of a renewal metric and a refinement metric to investigate why BLDE cannot outperform some compared EAs for several selected benchmark problems. Finally, we employ BLDE solving the unit commitment problem (UCP) in power systems to show its applicability in practical problems.

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