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Topic: Function evaluation in GA
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Steven Lord

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Re: Function evaluation in GA
Posted: Jan 15, 2013 10:17 AM
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"Dua " <> wrote in message
> What is function evaluation in GA?

Whenever GA calls your objective function, that counts as one function

> How to relate the values of function evaluations with global minimum?

If you let GA evaluate your function enough times, it may (emphasis on MAY)
return the global minimum or may return a local minimum.

> If function evaluation is 170 and global minimum is -0.5, what does it
> mean?

After evaluating your objective function 170 times, GA found a minimum of
your function. The way you've phrased it is somewhat ambiguous; -0.5 may be
the minimum value of your objective function or it may be the coordinate at
which your objective function achieves its minimum value.

> Is there a formula for function evaluation?

Not really, unless you consider GA incrementing a counter whenever it calls
the objective function a formula.

> How to calculate the numerical values of function evaluations in GA by
> using either command line or GUI?

GA should return or display that information as one of its outputs or in one
of the fields of the GUI respectively.

Steve Lord
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