Ensembles for Optimisation

  Optimisation – finding cost-effective or high-performing solutions - is a key economic driver for business today. However, academic literature on search-based optimisation techniques reflects an escalating arms race to produce highly specialized algorithms that are too complex for business to apply. In contrast, the machine-learning community has made huge advances in developing ensemble-methods that derive their power from aggregating many weak classifiers, resulting in versatile, easy-to-use algorithms. This research proposes to lay the theoretical basis for a paradigm shift in optimisation, exploiting existing theory from Machine-Learning to create ensembles-ofoptimisers
that are both effective and applicable in industry.

  • Start Date:

    1 September 2015

  • End Date:

    31 August 2016

  • Activity Type:

    Externally Funded Research

  • Funder:

    Leverhulme Trust

  • Value:

    £34465

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