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Evaluation of a genetic representation for outline shapes
  This work in progress focuses on the evaluation of a genetic representation for outline shapes for planar mechanical levers which addresses the first stage of the complex real-world problem of modelling and evolving planar mechanical lever systems. The representation defines the genotype and the phenotype mapping onto a lever geometry. As a proof of concept, the representation was evaluated using an evolutionary algorithm with simplified fitness function to investigate its capability to facilitate search space coverage, work with evolutionary operators; and produce shapes with certain lever characteristics, such as edges and curves.

  • Date:

    15 July 2017

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    006.3 Artificial intelligence

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Lapok, P., Lawson, A., & Paechter, B. (2017). Evaluation of a genetic representation for outline shapes. In GECCO '17 Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion, (1419-1422).



Shape Representation; Genetic Representation; Evolutionary Algorithm; Mechanical Lever Systems; Complex Systems

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