NeuroGenetic approach for combinatorial optimization: an exploratory analysis

Agarwal A., ÇOLAK S. , Deane J.

ANNALS OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH, vol.174, no.1, pp.185-199, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 174 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10479-009-0562-z
  • Page Numbers: pp.185-199


Given the NP-Hard nature of many optimization problems, it is often impractical to obtain optimal solutions to large-scale problems in reasonable computing time. For this reason, heuristic and metaheuristic search approaches are used to obtain good solutions fast. However, these techniques often struggle to develop a good balance between local and global search. In this paper we propose a hybrid metaheuristic approach which we call the NeuroGenetic approach to search for good solutions for these large scale optimization problems by at least partially overcoming this challenge. The proposed NeuroGenetic approach combines the Augmented Neural Network (AugNN) and the Genetic Algorithm (GA) search approaches by interleaving the two. We chose these two approaches to hybridize, as they offer complementary advantages and disadvantages; GAs are very good at searching globally, while AugNNs are more proficient at searching locally. The proposed hybrid strategy capitalizes on the strong points of each approach while avoiding their shortcomings. In the paper we discuss the issues associated with the feasibility of hybridizing these two approaches and propose an interleaving algorithm. We also provide empirical evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed approach.