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Metaheuristic design pattern: Preference

Aljawawdeh, Hamzeh; Simons, Chris; Odeh, Mohammed


Hamzeh Aljawawdeh

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Mohammed Odeh
Associate Professor in Software Engineering


In interactive metaheuristic search, the human helps to steer the trajectory of the search by providing qualitative evaluation to assist in the selection of solution individuals. It can be challenging to design mechanisms to exploit human qualitative evaluation taking into account human trade-off judgments among competing criteria and implicit knowledge and experience. This paper addresses this challenge by proposing the Preference metaheuristic design pattern involving six abstractions across two dimensions: explicit and implicit knowledge and a priori, interactive and a posteriori timings.


Aljawawdeh, H., Simons, C., & Odeh, M. (2015, July). Metaheuristic design pattern: Preference. Paper presented at Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2015 (GECCO 2015), Madrid, Spain

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2015 (GECCO 2015)
Conference Location Madrid, Spain
Start Date Jul 12, 2015
End Date Jul 12, 2015
Publication Date Jul 12, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1257-1260
Keywords interactive metaheuristic search, design patterns, preference
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Companion Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference