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Angers, 10 June 2010 Multi-Objective Optimisation (II) Matthieu Basseur

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Introduction About me… : PhD in Lille (France) – supervisor E-G. Talbi Research visitor in ETH Zurich/Switzerland (2005) – with E. Zitzler : Research Assistant at Nottingham University/England Since September 2007: Assistant Professor (University of Angers) Research interests Main area: multiobjective optimisation Metaheuristics for multiobjective optimisation (GAs, Local Search, Memetic algorithms, Path relinking, and also exact methods) Hybrid and adaptive metaheuristics (cooperation, parallelism) MO optimisation under uncertainty Applications (continuous test functions, flow-shop problem, routing problem…) Motivations Mainly linked to my previous research activities

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Angers, 10 June MultiObjective Optimisation (I) …by V. Barichard two weeks ago! Single objective optimisation Optimisation problems Resolution approaches Multiobjective optimisation problems Description Dominance relation Resolution approaches and result evaluation Resolution approaches Pareto dominance based algorithms Outputs comparison Today: new trends in MOO

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Angers, 10 June Motivations Efficients optimisation algorithms are often: Complex Complex mechanisms (diversification, evaluation…) Hybrid algorithms Parameters-dependant Numerous Great influence on the results (setted by hand, or adaptive setting) Dependant to the size of the problem Dependant to the problem treated Need of generic algorithms which are: Simple Adaptable to a range of optimisation problems Small number of parameters …but efficient! Design of generic multi-objective metaheuristics Problem specific optimisation

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective optimisation Non-dominated solution Dominated feasible solution b e g f 1 f 2 f a c Pareto Dominance y dominates z if and only if i [1, …, n], y i z i and i [1, …, n], y i < z i Non-dominated solution A solution x is non dominated if a solution which dominates x does not exist Goal: Find a good quality and well diversified set of non- dominated solutions

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective optimisation Non-dominated solution Dominated feasible solution b e g f 1 f 2 f a c No total order relation exist ( from single objective case) We can not compare solution a={4,7} with solution b={8,5}. Resulting specific questions How to assign fitness of solutions in evolutionary algo. (for selection)? How to find good compromise solutions? How to evaluate different outputs obtained by different algorithms? Goal: Find a good quality and well diversified set of non- dominated solutions

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Angers, 10 June Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation? Multiobjective Optimisation : find a set of compromise solutions Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) : evolve a set of solutions. EAs are naturally wellsuited to find multiple efficient solutions in a single simulation run a tremendous number of multiobjective evolutionary algorithms have been proposed over the last two decade. f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Fitness assignement : central point of (population-based) multiobjective metaheuristics Generic population-based search algorithm: Create initial population P repeat generate a new solution x add x to the population P evaluate fitness of solution x (and update P?) delete the worst solution of P until termination criteria is verified return P Need to ‘rank’ solutions

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Until mid 80’s: agregation of objective functions Now: Pareto dominance based ranking methods (dominance depth, counter of dominance…) f 2 f 1 f 1 f 2 + σσ 21 Convex hull

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Dominance depth [Srinivas & Deb 94] f 2 f 1 Rk=1 Rk=2 Rk=3

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Counter of dominance [Fonseca & Flemming 93] f 2 f 1 Rk=0 Rk=1 Rk=3 Rk=4 Rk=3 Rk=1 Rk=0 Rk=7

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Sum of ranks ≈ [Bentley & Wakefield 97] f 2 f 1 RK=16 RK=13 RK=12 RK=11 RK=9 RK=7 RK=5 RK=8 RK=5 RK=4

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Angers, 10 June Multiobjective Fitness assignment Pareto dominance ranking methods drawbacks Binary value - No quantification of the dominance Comparison is difficult if to many Pareto solutions can be generated (need to add clustering tool). General goal of MO optimisation: « Find a good quality and well diversified set of non-dominated solutions » How to achieve this? Define indicators which are able to evaluate a set of solutions Optimise the indicator value during the search

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Quality indicators Usefull to compare two (or more) optimizers How to compare set A against set B? f 1 f 2 Approximation A Approximation B ?

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Angers, 10 June Quality indicators Definition (Quality indicator): An m-ary quality indicator I is a function, which assigns each vector (A 1,A 2, …, A m ) of m approximation sets a real value I(A 1,…, A m ) [Zitzler 2005]. f 1 f 2 Approximation A Approximation B

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Angers, 10 June Quality indicators Definition (Quality indicator): An m-ary quality indicator I is a function, which assigns each vector (A 1,A 2, …, A m ) of m approximation sets a real value I(A 1,…, A m ) [Zitzler 2005]. Unary indicator : I(P 1 ),…, I(P m ) compare real values. Binary indicator : I(P 1,P 2 ) compare two sets! Comparison of m outputs: Use a reference set (e.g. the best known Pareto set) and compare each output against the reference set Many research on this subject – many indicators: hypervolume indicator, ε-indicator, average best weight combination, distance from reference, error ratio, chi-square-like deviation indicator, spacing, generational distance, maximum Pareto front error, maximum spread, coverage error, Pareto spread… [Zitzler 2005]

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Angers, 10 June ε-indicator I (A,B) ε I (B,A) ε Normalized space f 1 f 2 Binary indicator epsilon [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] I (A,B)= Minimal translation to apply on the set A so that every solution in set B is dominated by at least as one solution in A.

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Angers, 10 June ε-indicator I (A) ε Normalized space f 1 f 2 Unary indicator version of binary indicator epsilon I (A)= Minimal translation to apply on the set A so that every solution in a reference set R is dominated by at least as one solution in A.

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume indicator Also known as S-metric, lebesgue’ measure… Hypervolume enclosed by approximation A according to a reference point Z f 1 f 2 Approximation A

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume indicator Also known as S-metric, lebesgue’ measure… Hypervolume enclosed by approximation A according to a reference point Z f 1 f 2 Approximation A Z

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume indicator Also known as S-metric, lebesgue’ measure… Hypervolume enclosed by approximation A according to a reference point Z f 1 f 2 Approximation A Normalized space Z I (A) HD

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume indicator Hypervolume as binary indicator [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Hypervolume enclosed by approximation A and not by approximation B, according to a reference point Z f 1 f 2 Approximation A Approximation B I (A,B) HD I (B,A) HD Normalized space Z

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June IBEA principle Fitness assignment: Define a binary indicator I which allows to compare two solutions When a solution x is added to a population P Compare x against every solution in P using indicator I to compute x fitness For each solution S in P, update fitness according to I and x Selection Delete the solution which have the worst fitness value

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Angers, 10 June From binary indicator to fitness assignment f 1 f 2 I ( a, b )>0 HD I (b,a)>0 HD a b f 1 f 2 I (b,a)=- I (a,b)>0 a b HD f 1 f 2 I ( a, b )>0 I (b,a)>0 a b f 1 f 2 a b ε ε I (b,a)<0 I ( a, b )>0 ε ε

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Angers, 10 June From binary indicator to fitness assignment f 1 f 2 I ( a, b )>0 HD I (b,a)>0 HD a b f 1 f 2 I (b,a)=- I (a,b)>0 a b HD f 1 f 2 I ( a, b )>0 I (b,a)>0 a b f 1 f 2 a b ε ε I (b,a)<0 I ( a, b )>0 ε ε Binary indicator value of a population against a single solution:

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Angers, 10 June IBEA principles [Zitzler & Kuenzli 2004] Define a binary indicator I and an initial population P of n solutions Generate a set Q of m new solutions using genetic operators Select a set R of N solutions from Q U P, which minimize I(Q U P,R) Repeat until termination criteria verified return R Advantages Outperforms NSGA-II and SPEA2 on continuous test functions Small number of parameters (population size, m, binary indicator) No diversity preservation mechanism required Could take into account the decision-maker preference But… Delete optimaly m solutions from a population is difficult (greedy in IBEA) Evolutionary algorithm convergence is usualy slow Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm

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Angers, 10 June But… Delete optimaly m solutions from a population is difficult (greedy in IBEA) Evolutionary algorithm convergence is usualy slow local search methods are known to be efficient metaheuristics for single-objective optimization… application to MOO? f 2 f 1 Cut m solutions f 2 f 1 IBEA: Delete 1 by 1 f 2 f 1 ES(n,1) : 1 to delete

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Single Objective Local Search Evaluate solutions « arround » an initial one, and select a solution which is better. Efficient heuristic, easy to understand and to implement. Several Neighborhood Improvement strategy (first, best) Iterated version (random pop., or other strategy) x1 x2 Solution space f(x)

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Angers, 10 June MO Local searches issues Difficulties resulting from the multiobjective aspect of the problems. Initialisation (random?) Solution Evaluation (agregation, Pareto, indicator) Neighborhood (related to all objectives?) Neigh. Exploration (partial, 1st improvement, best imp.) Selection strategy (all improvements, dominance…) Population size (unique solution, fixed or variable size) Archive of best known? Iteration (re-initialisation) Stopping criterion (progress threshold, entire set in local optima?) …

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Angers, 10 June MO Local searches example : PLS Classical and intuitive dominance-based MO local search [Talbi et al. 2001] [Basseur et al. 2003] [Angel et al. 2004] f 1 f 2 Different versions : stopping criterion, archive, selection strategy… Problems : non-dominated solution are incomparable variable population size (can be huge) Indicator-Based MO Local Search!

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Indicator-Based MO Local Search Initialisation of the population P of size N Fitness assignment For each x є P, Fitness(x)=I(P\{x},x) Local search Step: for all x є P do x* one random neighbour of x Fitness(x*)=I(P,x*) For each z є P, update its Fitness: Fitness(z)+=I(x*,z) Remove w, the solution with minimal Fitness value in P U x* Repeat until all neighbours tested, or w≠x* (new solution found) Stopping criterion: no new non-dominated solution found during an entire local search step: return the set of non-dominated solutions of P. Iterated IBMOLS: repeat the process, with different initial populations

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Angers, 10 June Parameters: indicators Binary indicators issued from performance assessment studies: Iε [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Comparison with classical dominance-based ranking methods, adapted into indicators: I Ben [Bentley & Wakefield 97] I Sri [Srinivas & Deb 94] I Fon [Fonseca & Flemming 93]

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Angers, 10 June Parameters: indicators Binary indicators issued from performance assessment studies: Iε [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Comparison with classical dominance-based ranking methods, adapted into indicators: I Ben [Bentley & Wakefield 97] I Sri [Srinivas & Deb 94] I Fon [Fonseca & Flemming 93] f 2 f 1 Rk=1 Rk=2 Rk=3 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Parameters: indicators Binary indicators issued from performance assessment studies: Iε [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Comparison with classical dominance-based ranking methods, adapted into indicators: I Ben [Bentley & Wakefield 97] I Sri [Srinivas & Deb 94] I Fon [Fonseca & Flemming 93] f 2 f 1 Rk=0 Rk=1 Rk=3 Rk=4 Rk=3 Rk=1 Rk=0 Rk=7 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Parameters: indicators Binary indicators issued from performance assessment studies: Iε [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Comparison with classical dominance-based ranking methods, adapted into indicators: I Ben [Bentley & Wakefield 97] I Sri [Srinivas & Deb 94] I Fon [Fonseca & Flemming 93] with f 2 RK=16 RK=13 RK=12 RK=11 RK=9 RK=7 RK=5 RK=8 RK=5 RK=4 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Parameters: population initialisation Rand: Generate a set P of size n of random permutations. Cross: Apply a classical crossover operator to pairs of solutions selected from the archive A of size m of non-dominated solutions. If 2n

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Angers, 10 June Application: Ring Star problem Applications in telecommunication network design and transit systems planning. Problems from 70 to 300 locations Minimise Ring cost Assignment cost

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Angers, 10 June Application: Nurse Scheduling QMC NURSE SCHEDULING PROBLEM: process of timetabling staff (allocating nurses to working shifts) over a period of time. Hard constraints to satisfy 3 Objective functions: minimise the violation of 3 soft constraints violations of “SingleNight, WeekendSplit, WeekendBalance” number of violations of “Coverage” penalty for “CoverageBalance” Problem details: Ward of 20 to 30 nurses Planning period is 28 days, with 3 shift types: day, evening and night Full time/Part time nurses (e.g. 8h, 15h, 23h, 30h, 40h…) Nurses hierarchy, according to their qualifications and training Coverage demand is different for each shift Working regulations to be satisfied (e.g. annual leave)

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Angers, 10 June Application: Biobjective Flow-shop problem N jobs to schedule on M machines Critical ressources Permutation flow shop Objectives to minimise : Cmax : Maximum completion time T : Sum of tardiness (or average tardiness) Taillard’ Benchmarks [Taillard 93], extended to the biobjective case M1M1 M2M2 M3M3 Cmax _T_T _

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Angers, 10 June Parameters / Performance assessment Binary quality indicators: Iε, I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] Comparison with classical dominance-based ranking methods, adapted into indicators: I Ben [Bentley & Wakefield 97], I Fon [Fonseca & Fleming 93], I Sri [Srinivas & Deb 94] Population size: small fixed values (3, 5, 8, 10, 20, 30, 50) Population initialisation: Random, Crossover on solutions in the archive, Random noise on archived solutions (Simulated Annealing) 20 runs on each instance, short run time (20” to 20’) Performance assessment Hypervolume indicator difference of the different sets of non-dominated solutions obtained Statistical analysis (Mann-Withley test) Z

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Angers, 10 June Results : table analysis For each algorithm : 20 Hypervolume indicator differences computed from the 20 runs Tables show the average value for each pair algorithm/instance Stastistical analysis : Rank the differents runs of two different algorithm Using Hypervolume difference Mann-Withley test: compute the confidence level that the obtained classification is not hazardous Results in bold: algorithm never outperformed by another algorithm with a confidence level greater than 95% AAAABAAABABABBBBBB ABBABABAAABABBBAAB

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Angers, 10 June Results Indicator sensitivity Superiority of performance assessment based indicators over dominance based indicators Superiority of epsilon indicator over hypervolume indicator

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Angers, 10 June Results Initialisation strategy sensitivity Superiority of Simulated annealing (random mutations) initialisation Optimal noise rate around 10%

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Angers, 10 June Results Population size sensitivity Best performance obtained with small population size Optimal population size increases with the size of the problem considered

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Angers, 10 June Experiments: parameter sensitivity summary of the best values ProblemRun timeP sizeIndicatorInitialisation 20*5 (1)20”3 I Fon, Iε SA, Cross 20*5 (2)20”3 I Fon, I Sri Cross 20*10 (1)1’5 Iε, I HD SA 20*10 (2)1’8 Iε, I HD SA 20*202’8 Iε, I Fon SA 50*55’8 Iε, I Fon SA 50*1010’10 Iε, I HD SA 50*2020’’30 Iε, I HD SA, Cross

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Angers, 10 June IBMOLS: conclusions IBMOLS: generic indicator-based local search for MOPs Small number of parameters (pop size, binary indicator, initialisation function) No diversity preservation mechanism required Superiority of Iε binary indicator on different problems Parameter sensitivity analysis Performance assessment based indicators Small population size Population initialisation: random noise on archived solutions Very good overall results obtained (new best-knowns) …BUT hypervolume indicator is known as the most intuitive performance indicator and the only one being fully sensitive to Pareto dominance relation. Why the results are desapointing?

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Multiobjective Local Searches Indicator-Based Local Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume UNARY indicator I HD does not correspond to the definition of hypervolume indicator! Zref f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume UNARY indicator I HD does not correspond to the definition of hypervolume indicator! Zref f 2 f 1 We would like to compute…

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume UNARY indicator I HD does not correspond to the definition of hypervolume indicator! Zref f 2 f 1 f 2 f 1 We would like to compute… But we compute…

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume UNARY indicator I HD does not correspond to the definition of hypervolume indicator! Zref f 2 f 1 f 2 f 1 We would like to compute… But we compute…

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume UNARY indicator I HD does not correspond to the definition of hypervolume indicator! Zref f 2 f 1 We would like to compute… We can’t compute hypervolume contribution of a solution by comparing only pairs of solutions

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Angers, 10 June Hypervolume-Based MO Local Search Initialisation of the population P of size N Fitness assignment For each x є P, Fitness(x)=I(P\{x},x) Local search Step: for all x є P do x* one random neighbour of x Fitness(x*)=I(P,x*) For each z є P, update its Fitness: Fitness(z)+=I(x*,z) Remove w, the solution with minimal Fitness value in P U x* Repeat until all neighbours tested, or w≠x* (new solution found) Stopping criterion: no new non-dominated solution found during an entire local search step: return the set of non-dominated solutions of P. Iterated IBMOLS: repeat the process, with different initial populations

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 1 st case : x is dominated f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 1 st case : x is dominated x’ fitness equal to the biggest dominance area between a solution of P and x f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 1 st case : x is dominated x’ fitness equal to the biggest dominance area between a solution of P and x Delete the dominated solution with the worst fitness value No more fitness update f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 1 st case : x is dominated x’ fitness equal to the biggest dominance area between a solution of P and x Delete the dominated solution with the worst fitness value No more fitness update f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated f 2 f 1 Zref

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? f 2 f 1 Update fitnesses

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) f 2 f 1 x y1y1 y0y0 z0z0 z1z1

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) f 2 f 1 x y1y1 y0y0 z0z0 z1z1

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) Delete worst solution w If w is dominated: no fitness change f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) Delete worst solution w If w is dominated: no fitness change If w is non-dominated: update fitness of w neighbours. f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) Delete worst solution w If w is dominated: no fitness change If w is non-dominated: update fitness of w neighbours (thanks to them and w). f 2 f 1 y0y0 y1y1 y2y2

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Angers, 10 June Zref Fitness update : algorithm Algorithm Population P[1..N] : known fitness New solution x to evaluate Dominance state needed for each solution 2 nd case : x is non-dominated Update fitness: New dominated solutions? Compute x fitness (thanks to his non- dominated neighbours) Compute new fitness for x neighbours (thanks to x and neighbour which is perhaps newly dominated) Delete worst solution w If w is dominated: no fitness change If w is non-dominated: update fitness of w neighbours (thanks to them and w). f 2 f 1

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Angers, 10 June General observations Overall complexity in O(n)! Special cases when x is non-dominated and on the extremity of the Pareto set Z ref coordinates replace neighbour coordinates The reference point Z ref need to be fixed Solution : Z ref = {+ ,+ } ! It allows us to maintain the extremities of the Pareto set into the population. The algorithm is defined for the bi-objective case only Need to extend it to the general case Hypervolume calculation is NP according to the number of objective function, then our algorithm too. BUT: Multi-objective problems studied mainly deals with 2 objective functions, sometime 3 objective functions, and almost never more than 4 objective functions.

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Multiobjective optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based MultiObjective Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Description Experiments Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Application: Biobjective Flow-shop problem N jobs to schedule on M machines Critical ressources Permutation flow shop Objectives to minimise : Cmax : Maximum completion time T : Sum of tardiness (or average tardiness) Taillard’ Benchmarks [Taillard 93], extended to the biobjective case M1M1 M2M2 M3M3 Cmax _T_T _

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Angers, 10 June Parameters / Performance assessment Binary quality indicators: Iε, I HD [Zitzler & Kuenzli 04] and I NH presented previouly. Population size: small fixed values (from 10 to 30) Population initialisation: 30% Random noise on archived solutions 20 runs on each instance run time from 20” to 60’ Performance assessment Hypervolume indicator difference of the different sets of non-dominated solutions obtained Statistical analysis (Mann-Withley test) Z

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Angers, 10 June Results on Flow-shop problem

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Angers, 10 June Outlines Motivations Multiobjective optimisation Quality indicators Indicator-Based MultiObjective Search Hypervolume-Based Optimisation Conclusions and perspectives

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Angers, 10 June Conclusions and perspectives Conclusions Indicator-based multiobjective optimisation : a growing research area Very simple mechanism (no diversity preservation mecanism needed) Very efficient (outperform classical generic methods) New principle : still a lot of research fields to exploit IBEA : Indicator-Based Evolutionary Algorithm Efficient according to other multiobjective evolutionary algorithms Superiority of Iε binary indicator on different problems Evolutionary Algorithm Slow convergence IBMOLS : Indicator-Based MultiObjective Local Search Combine advantages of IBEA and fast convergence of iterated local searches algorithms Hypervolume indicator needed to be improved HBMOLS : Hypervolume-Based MultiObjective Local Search Selection based on hypervolume maximisation Greatly outperforms IBMOLS versions

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Angers, 10 June Conclusions and perspectives Perspectives Application to another multiobjective problems real world problems academics problems mathematical functions More than 2 objective optimisation? Propose adaptations to optimise more than 2 objectives (in process with Ron- Qiang Zeng) Study the limitation of the proposed algorithm in terms of complexity Study the possible use of approximation algorithms Study different versions of Hypervolume based selection Mainly for fitness computation of dominated solutions Application of indicator-based strategy on other search methods Path Relinking (in process with Ron-Qiang Zeng)

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Angers, 10 June Global conclusion / research perspectives Lessons from past research (tx to E. Zitzler) EMO provides information about a problem (search space exploration) EMO can help in single-objective scenarios (multiobjectivization) But… MOO is part of the decision making process (preferences) But… MOO for large n is different from n = 2 (high-dimensional objective spaces) Research perspectives MOO = part of the decision making process. How to collaborate between decision maker and MOO Uncertainty and robustness Expensive objective function evaluations Hybridisation: Metaheuristics and OR methods (examples) Multi-multiobjective problems definition Many objective optimisation

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