**Practical Genetic Algorithms – Randy L. Haupt, Sue Ellen Haupt**

**Book Description:**

The use of genetic algorithms (GAs) to solve large and often complex computational problems has given rise to many new applications in a variety of disciplines. Practical Genetic Algorithms was the first introductory-level book on genetic algorithms to emphasize practical applications rather than theory. Practical Genetic Algorithms, Second Edition reflects the significant evolution of the field since the book’s first edition. In an accessible style, the authors explain why the genetic algorithm is superior in many real-world applications, cover continuous parameter genetic algorithms, and provide in-depth trade-off analysis of genetic algorithm parameter selection. Written for the practicing scientist, engineer, economist, artist, or anyone with an interest in the basics of GAs, the Second Edition continues to offer readers an up-to-date look at the evolving practical applications of GAs and how to manipulate them in order to get the best performance.

* This book deals with the fundamentals of genetic algorithms and their applications in a variety of different areas of engineering and science

* Most significant update to the second edition is the MATLAB codes that accompany the text

* Provides a thorough discussion of hybrid genetic algorithms

* Features more examples than first edition

**TABLE OF CONTENTS**

Preface.

Preface to First Edition.

List of Symbols.

1. Introduction to Optimization.

1.1 Finding the Best Solution.

1.2 Minimum-Seeking Algorithms.

1.3 Natural Optimization Methods.

1.4 Biological Optimization: Natural Selection.

1.5 The Genetic Algorithm.

2. The Binary Genetic Algorithm.

2.1 Genetic Algorithms: Natural Selection on a Computer.

2.2 Components of a Binary Genetic Algorithm.

2.3 A Parting Look.

3. The Continuous Genetic Algorithm.

3.1 Components of a Continuous Genetic Algorithm.

3.2 A Parting Look.

4. Basic Applications.

4.1 “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

4.2 Algorithmic Creativity-Genetic Art.

4.3 Word Guess.

4.4 Locating an Emergency Response Unit.

4.5 Antenna Array Design.

4.6 The Evolution of Horses.

4.7 Summary.

5. An Added Level of Sophistication.

5.1 Handling Expensive Cost Functions.

5.2 Multiple Objective Optimization.

5.3 Hybrid GA.

5.4 Gray Codes.

5.5 Gene Size.

5.6 Convergence.

5.7 Alternative Crossovers for Binary GAs.

5.8 Population.

5.9 Mutation.

5.10 Permutation Problems.

5.11 Selling GA Parameters.

5.12 Continuous versus Binary GA.

5.13 Messy Genetic Algorithms.

5.14 Parallel Genetic Algorithms.

6. Advanced Applications.

6.1 Traveling Salespersons Problem.

6.2 Locating an Emergency Response Unit Revisited.

6.3 Decoding a Secret Message.

6.4 Robot Trajectory Planning.

6.5 Stealth Design.

6.6 Building Dynamical Inverse Models-The Linear Case.

6.7 Building Dynamical Inverse Models-The Nonlinear Case.

6.8 Combining GAs with Simulations-Air Pollution Receptor Modeling.

6.9 Combining Methods Neural Nets with GAs.

6.10 Solving High-Order Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations.

7. More Natural Optimization Algorithms.

7.1 Simulated Annealing.

7.2 Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO).

7.3 Ant Colony Optimization (ACO).

7.4 Genetic Programming (GP).

7.5 Cultural Algorithms.

7.6 Evolutionary Strategies.

7.7 The Future of Genetic Algorithms.

Appendix I: Test Functions.

Appendix II: MATLAB Code.

Appendix III. High-Performance Fortran Code.

Glossary.

Index.

**Practical Genetic Algorithms**

Author(s): Randy L. Haupt, Sue Ellen Haupt

Publisher: John Wiley, Year: 2004

ISBN: 0471455652