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On Clonal Selection.

  Clonal selection has been a dominant theme in many immune-inspired algorithms applied to machine learning and optimisation. We examine existing clonal selections algorithms for learning from a theoertical and empirical perspective and assert that the widely accepted computational interpretation of clonal selection is compromised both algorithmically andbiologically. We suggest a more capable abstraction of the clonal selection principle grounded in probabilistic estimation and approximation and demonstrate how it addresses some of the shortcomings in existing algorithms. We further show that by recasting black-box optimisation as a learning problem, the same abstraction may be re-employed; thereby taking steps toward unifying the clonal selection principle and distinguishing it from natural selection.

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    31 January 2011

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  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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    006.3 Artificial intelligence


McEwan, C. & Hart, E. (2011). On Clonal Selection. Theoretical Computer Science. 412, 502-516. doi:10.1016/j.tcs.2010.11.017. ISSN 0304-3975



Clonal selection; optimisation;machine learning; EM algorithm;

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