Section: New Results
Geometric Semantic Genetic Programming with Local Search
Participants : Emigdio Z. Flores, Léonardo Trujillo, Leonardo Vanneshi, Sara Silva, Pierrick Legrand.
Since its introduction, Geometric Semantic Genetic Programming (GSGP) has aroused the interest of numerous researchers and several studies have demonstrated that GSGP is able to effectively optimize training data by means of small variation steps, that also have the effect of limiting overfitting. In order to speed up the search process, in this paper we propose a system that integrates a local search strategy into GSGP (called GSGP-LS). Furthermore, we present a hybrid approach, that combines GSGP and GSGP-LS, aimed at exploiting both the optimization speed of GSGP-LS and the ability to limit overfitting of GSGP. The experimental results we present, performed on a set of complex real-life applications, show that GSGP-LS achieves the best training fitness while converging very quickly, but severely overfits; GSGP converges very slowly, but is basically not affected by overfitting. The best overall results were achieved with the hybrid approach, allowing the search to converge quickly, while also exhibiting a noteworthy ability to limit overfitting. These results are encouraging, and suggest that future GSGP algorithms should focus on finding the correct balance between the greedy optimization of a local search strategy and the more robust geometric semantic operators.