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C. FERREIRA, 2002 (Terms of Use) ISBN: 9729589054

Gene Expression Programming: Mathematical Modeling by an Artificial Intelligence

Evolution of Kolmogorov-Gabor polynomials
Kolmogorov-Gabor polynomials have been used widely to evolve general non-linear models (Iba and Sato 1992, Iba et al. 1994, Ivakhnenko 1971, Kargupta and Smith 1991, Nikolaev and Iba 2001). Evolving such polynomials using GEP is straightforward and only requires the creation of special functions of two arguments. For instance, the tree represented below:

corresponds to:


for the second-order bivariate basis polynomial function. The coefficients a0 - a5 can be easily evolved using a special domain Dc containing random constants. As before, the Dc comes after the tail but, in this case, has a length equal to 6h. Consider, for instance, the chromosome below with h = 2 (the Dc is shown in blue):




For the set of numerical constants:

A = {-0.606, -0.398, -0.653, -0.818, -0.047, 0.036, 0.889, 0.148, -0.377, -0.841}

its expression gives:


where .

The two-parameter function F described here is the one used in STROGANOFF (Ivakhnenko 1971) which composes complete bivariate basis polynomial functions. In Table 4.15, this function is represented by F9. The implementation of minor variants such as the incomplete bivariate basis polynomial functions used in the enhanced STROGANOFF (Nikolaev and Iba 2001) is also very simple. All these functions are shown in Table 4.15.

Table 4.15
Bivariate basis polynomials.

Another function easily implemented is the following:


which, except for the coefficients, is identical to the function (4.22) or function F9 in Table 4.15. This and similar functions based on the 16 bivariate functions of Table 4.15 are going to be included in the function kit of GEP in order to analyze the importance of numerical constants in the evolution of polynomials. Their description is given in Table 4.16.

Table 4.16
Bivariate basis polynomials with unit coefficients.

So, by choosing a function set consisting exclusively of function F9 of Table 4.15, we are exactly simulating a STROGANOFF system in GEP. And by choosing a function set containing functions F1 - F16 of Table 4.15 we are exactly simulating an enhanced STROGANOFF system. The performance of these systems is analyzed in the next section.

As stated previously, the implementation of both STROGANOFF systems (the original and the enhanced) in gene expression programming requires a Dc length six times the head length due to the number of coefficients needed for the polynomials. Thus, it is convenient to use a slightly different notation to represent the random constants corresponding to each coefficient. For instance, for the gene below with an h = 4:




a Dc with length 24 is already necessary. If we choose a set of random numerical constants with 20 members and represent them by R = {r0, ..., r19}, the following structure will be a valid Dc domain for chromosome (4.26) above:


As before, the values of all the random constants are kept in an array and are retrieved as needed.

Due to the huge dimensions of the random constants domains, it is important to be able to control the degree of genetic variation in them. Consequently, special mutation operators were implemented that allow the autonomous control of the mutation rate both on the head/tail domain and on the Dc domain. The other operators remain unchanged and work exactly as described in section 4.2.

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