Author

Heba Amer

Abstract

Stochastic search techniques are used to solve NP-hard combinatorial optimization problems. Simulated annealing, genetic algorithms and hybridization of both, all attempt to find the best solution with minimal cost and time. Guided Evolutionary Simulated Annealing is one technique of such hybridization. It is based on evolutionary programming where a number of simulated annealing chains are working in a generation to find the optimum solution for a problem. Abduction is the problem of finding the best explanation to a given set of observations. In AI, this has been modeled by a set of hypotheses that need to be assumed to prove the observation or goal. Cost-Based Abduction (CBA) associates a cost to each hypothesis. It is an example of an NP-hard problem, where the objective is to minimize the cost of the assumed hypotheses to prove the goal. Analyzing the search space of a problem is one way of understanding its nature and categorizing it into straightforward, misleading or difficult for genetic algorithms. Fitness-Distance Correlation and Fitness-Distance plots are helpful tools in such analysis. This thesis examines solving the CBA problem using Simulated Annealing and Guided Evolutionary Simulated Annealing and analyses the Fitness-Distance landscape of some Cost-Based abduction problem instances.

Department

Computer Science & Engineering Department

Degree Name

MS in Computer Science

Date of Award

6-1-2005

Online Submission Date

March 2013

First Advisor

Abdelbar, Ashraf

Committee Member 1

Abdelbar, Ashraf

Document Type

Thesis

Extent

112 p.

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