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Evolutionary Algorithm

An evolutionary algorithm or EA is part of artificial intelligence heuristics, or self learning systems, in which the evolutionary process is mimicked in order to refine results over successive generations. There is no one single EA; it is rather an umbrella term for a type of heuristic.

EAs typically produce parent/child relationships, merging and mutating datasets, then choosing the children with the most desirable attributes for the task at hand. Those child datasets are then merged with their siblings or mutated again, and the new generation compared. This process continues until a time allotment is used, or further generations do not produced marked improvements for the task parameters.

See Also: Artificial Neural Network, Evolutionary Artificial Neural Network, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial General Intelligence

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Primatologists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have found that chimps chose their routes using a mental map built around geometric coordinates, as opposed to a navigation style based on landmarks for well-travelled...

New research from two evolutionary biologists questions the recent finding that sociality has played a key role in the evolution of larger brain size among several orders of mammals (Social Brain Hypothesis). Their sweeping analysis of many...

One of the perplexing questions raised by evolutionary theory is how cooperative behavior, which benefits other members of a species at a cost to the individual, came to exist.

Cooperative behavior has puzzled biologists beca...

Human suspicion of realistic robots and avatars may have earlier origins than previously thought. Experiments with macaque monkeys show they too are suspicious of replicas that fall short of the real thing. The research suggests a deep-seat...

Cryptographers from around the world have laid their best work on the line in a contest to find a new algorithm that will become a critical part of future communications across the Internet. The winning code will become a building block of ...